Film critic Judith Crist, a one-time mainstay of the “Today” show and TV Guide, died Aug. 6 in Manhattan following a long illness, according to reports. She was 90.
Crist was born Judith Klein to parents Solomon Klein and the former Helen Schoenberg, spending her early years in Montreal before returning to her native New York at age 12.
At the New York Herald Tribune, she became the first female film critic at any major American newspaper, according to the New York Times, working there for more than two decades. She was also the first film critic at New York magazine before moving on to do reviews on “Today” in the 1960s.
In 1987, she was among the many Jewish women to respond to an appeal by Lilith, the Jewish feminist magazine, to campaign for the freedom of Soviet Jewish refusenik Ida Nudel. Nudel was released later that year. — jta