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Remembering Darcie Denkert Notkin

Darcie Denkert Notkin, a longtime MGM executive and female pioneer in entertainment law, passed away at the age of 64 at her home in West Los Angeles on June 10th after living with cancer for many years. She has many credits to her name including being one of the first female heads of legal affairs and business of a major studio (MGM) and author of the book, “A Fine Romance” depicting the love-hate-love relationship between Hollywood and Broadway. Her accomplishments in the entertainment industry include having been a Broadway producer and a former co-president of the MGM On Stage theater division. Broadway shows she produced include Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – a Tony Award nominee for best musical – Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in 2005, Legally Blonde in 2007, Promises, Promises in 2010 and Priscilla Queen of the Desert in 2011.

The Simms/Mann – UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology is more than grateful for Darcie’s philanthropic work and involvement in the life of the Center.  She was a beloved member of the advisory board elevating philanthropic support to the Center tremendously. Clinicians at the Simms/Mann Center were devoted to her and provided psychosocial cancer care to Darcie throughout her illness.  Darcie believed that every patient and family should have access to these services from the moment of diagnosis and for as long as needed without fees.  She was a true friend to the Center going above and beyond while serving on the advisory board through her dedication in helping the Center provide care to patients and families touched by cancer. For the past two years, Darcie and her beloved husband Shelby Notkin, provided two separate matching grant opportunities that gave the Center the most successful fundraisers ever. The first year, new donations were automatically doubled through their generosity. Most recently, the matching grant took on a whole new level of excitement with donations having been matched 2:1. This meant for every $1 donated, $2 would get added, giving it a $3 value! Whether it was her professional success or her commitment to help the Simms/Mann Center provide free psychosocial cancer care to friends, family and loved ones, Darcie made an impact that leaves many in awe and forever thankful for all that she did.  We are privileged to be part of the good that she has done in the world for others.  We are only one of many causes that she contributed to in significant ways.

Survivors include her husband Shelby, mother Renee, stepdaughter Michelle, step grandson, and four stepchildren from a previous marriage.  A funeral service was held at Hillside Memorial Park in Los Angeles. At the family’s request, donations can be made to the Simms/Mann Center in memory of Darcie Denkert Notkin: http://www.cancer.ucla.edu/simmsmanncenter

For more about Darcie’s life see her full obituary in multiple publications:

The Los Angeles times, go to: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/latimes/obituary.aspx?pid=180503500

The New York Times, go to: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/nytimes/obituary.aspx?pid=180511126

For an article in The Hollywood Reporter that goes into more detail on Darcie’s background, go to: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/darcie-denkert-dead-mgm-executive-902461

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