Tichi Wilkerson Kassel
Tichi Wilkerson Kassel was an American film personality and the publisher of The Hollywood Reporter. She established the “Women in Film” organization, the Key Art and Marketing Concepts awards, and several scholarships for film students.
For her achievement in motion pictures, she has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard.
Tichi Wilkerson Kassel was born Beatrice Ruby Noble in Los Angeles on May 10, 1926. She was raised in Mexico City and returned to Los Angeles as a teenager. Tichi’s mother was a maid for William Wilkerson, founder, publisher and editor of The Hollywood Reporter newspaper. Wilkerson courted Tichi and they were married on February 23, 1951 in Phoenix, AZ; he was in his 60s and she was 25. Soon after their marriage, she started to work at the trade paper. When Wilkerson died in 1962, she took over as the paper’s second editor and publisher.
After Wilkerson’s death, she married realtor William Miles. The couple divorced in 1982, and in 1983 she married Arthur Kassel.