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Beatrice Gersh dies at 87; L.A. arts patron
Beatrice Gersh dies at 87; L.A. arts patron

Beatrice Gersh, a distinguished art collector and patron of the arts in Los Angeles for more than half a century who played a significant role in the founding of the Museum of Contemporary Art, has died. She was 87. Gersh, the widow of Hollywood talent agent Phil Gersh, died Sunday of natural causes at her home in Los Angeles, said a family spokeswoman. Gersh and her husband, who died in 2004, began collecting art in the 1950s and were among the first collectors of modern and contemporary art in Los Angeles. The couple had been involved with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and other art institutions engaged in contemporary art before Beatrice Gersh joined early supporters in the...

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