Helene Pinsky, Mother of Dr. Drew Pinsky, Passes Away at 91

November 4, 1925 - June 7, 2017

Published : Tuesday, June 27, 2017 | 5:37 AM

Helene Pinsky

Helene Pinsky (nee Eleanor Mae Stansbury) passed peacefully at the age of 91 at Huntington Memorial Hospital. She was predeceased by her husband of 52 years, Dr. Morton Pinsky. Helene is survived by her daughter, Dana Chelf (Brad) of Rolling Hills, CA, son, Dr. Drew Pinsky (Susan) of Pasadena, CA and her six loving grandchildren: Douglas Pinsky, Jordan Pinsky, Paulina Pinsky, Aly Chelf, Cole Chelf and Samantha Chelf.

Born in Philadelphia, PA, Helene developed a keen interest in performing as a young girl. She began her distinguished career as a classical singer with the Cosmopolitan Opera Company but soon moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting. She was given the stage name of Helene Stanton by her dear friend and famed columnist, Louella Parsons. Over the years, she appeared on numerous variety programs, such as “The Ed Sullivan Show”, playing the foil to comedians like Red Skelton, Ben Blue, and Wally Cox. She acted in several films, including the film noir classics, The Big Combo and New Orleans Uncensored, as well as the horror classic, The Phantom From 1,000 Leagues. But it was her passion for singing that took her back to the stage, travelling the country with songwriter Jimmy McHugh. Most notably, she performed at the grand opening of the Dunes Hotel in Las Vegas.

Eventually, Helene retired from stage and film when she got married and settled in Pasadena, where she raised her family and resided for over fifty years. Helene exuded elegance, grace, and wit while her beauty, inside and out, was unmistakable. She revealed in a life well lived and she will be deeply missed.


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