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Jessica Savitch (1947–1983)

Jessica Savitch was born on February 1, 1947 in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. Her father suddenly died when she was just 12 years old. It was he that encouraged her for a career in broadcast journalism. Jessica first considered a career in broadcasting while in high school. A friend then got her a job part-time reading the local news on the radio.... See full bio »

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Frontline Herself - Host (1983)
KYW Eyewitness News
KYW Eyewitness News Anchor / Herself - Reporter
Today Substitute Co-Host (1977-1983)
NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt
NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt Herself - Substitute Anchor (1977) & Weekend Anchor (1977-1983)


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 1982-1983 Late Night with David Letterman (TV Series)
- Episode dated 22 February 1983 (1983) ... Herself
- Episode dated 11 August 1982 (1982) ... Herself
- Episode #1.13 (1982) ... Herself
 1983 Frontline (TV Series documentary)
Herself - Host (1983)
 1981 Hour Magazine (TV Series)
- Episode dated 22 October 1981 (1981) ... Herself
 1977 Nasty Habits
 1973 Tomorrow Coast to Coast (TV Series)
Substitute Host (1977-1982)
 1970 NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (TV Series)
Herself - Substitute Anchor (1977) & Weekend Anchor (1977-1983)
 1965 KYW Eyewitness News (TV Series)
Herself - Reporter / Anchor
 1952 Today (TV Series)
Substitute Co-Host (1977-1983)
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 2016 The Eighties (TV Mini-Series documentary)
Herself - NBC News
- Raised on Television (2016) ... Herself - NBC News
 2015 The Seventies (TV Series documentary)
Herself - NBC News
- The State of the Union Is Not Good (2015) ... Herself - NBC News
 2013 Inside Edition (TV Series documentary)
- Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2 (2013) ... Herself
 2002 Bowling for Columbine (Documentary)
Herself (uncredited)

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Her life formed the original basis of Michelle Pfeiffer's character in Up Close & Personal (1996), but Savitch's story was considered too downbeat and was rewritten to be more upbeat. See more »

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