Karen Sue Hamilton Profile

Karen Sue Hamilton
Karen Sue Hamilton
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(Karen Sue Levitt)
14 November 45 is born in New York to Bernard A. Levitt and his wife Zelda, nee Lutsky, the oldest of four children
? does quite well in school and helps to look out for her siblings
June 63 graduates from Bayside High School, New York
? moves with her family to Tucson, Arizona
? attends the University of Arizona in Tucson
? is hired by Mel and Enid Zuckerman for their Canyon Ranch spa resort project
64 is an employee of Arizona Land Title and Trust Company
14 June 64 marries Kenneth Dorian Mayer at Temple Emanu-El in Tucson, Arizona. Ken Mayer is a student of architecture at UA. She’s 18.
June 64 she and Mayer honeymoon in Las Vegas, Carmel, and San Francisco
? the newlyweds reside in Tucson, Arizona
? divorces Mayer
? moves to Los Angeles and chooses Hamilton as her stage name
c. 67 pursues a successful modeling career, which leads to her appearance on ABC’s “Dream Girl,” landing her an all-expenses-paid trip to Hawaii
68 is approached by the producers of Speedway and is cast in her first feature film
2 / 3 September 69 as Karen Sue Hamilton (aka Levitt), she dies at age 23, at 1:40 a.m., at her home at 2465 North Gower Street in Los Angeles, from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. Among the survivors are her brother, Greg Shannon-Levitt of Hollywood, California; another brother. William Levitt; and the youngest of the family, sister Pamela. Karen also leaves behind the man she loved, Richard Wagner.
is interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles, California, in the Court of Reflections, L-21, G-4 (near the entrance and large fountain). Her headstone reads, "She looked for the best in others and gave the best she had."
Greg Shannon-Levitt, Tucson Daily Citizen,
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