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Ackerman, Mamaroneck Film Promoter, Dies at 81

MAMARONECK, N.Y. - Marilyn Ackerman died at her home in Mamaroneck on Jan. 24. She was 81.

A fund at Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville commemorating her love of film and children is accepting memorial contributions.

She was born Marilyn Weingarten on Aug. 1, 1930 in Brooklyn, N.Y.  Raised in Beacon, N.Y., she attended New York University and met Meyer Ackerman through a mutual friend in 1950. They married in the Bronx a year later and moved to Westchester in 1963, living in Ardsley, Harrison and most recently Mamaroneck.

Ackerman volunteered and worked with special needs children. She was deeply involved in the world of film through her husband's operation of art theaters in Manhattan and Westchester, including Fine Arts Cinema in Scarsdale.

In 1982, she began the Westchester Cinema Club with her friend Beth Kochen. It became a model for film clubs nationwide and remains oversubscribed for the last 30 years. Together with her husband, she traveled to international film festivals. In 2003, they were given an honorary award for their contribution to film by Westchester County.

Surviving are her husband Meyer, her children Farrell of La Jolla, Calif., Harriet of Hastings-on-Hudson and Brian of Croton-on-Hudson and five grandchildren.

Memorial donations to the Marilyn Ackerman Scholarship Fund for Children and Film may be made to the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville by contacting Melissa Tepe or calling (914) 773-7663 ext. 436.

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