Molly Ivins (1944–2007)

Molly Ivins

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Molly Ivins, columnist and best-selling author, died of breast cancer on January 31, 2007. She was first diagnosed with the disease in 1999 and had recurrences in 2003 and 2005.

Molly was known for her liberal views and sharp wit. She loved writing about politics and poking fun at politicians, calling politics “the finest form of free entertainment ever invented.” In writing about her breast cancer treatment, she said, “Having breast cancer is massive amounts of no fun. First they mutilate you, then they poison you, then they burn you. I have been on blind dates better than that.”

Born in California and raised in Texas, Molly earned her B.A. at Smith College and her master’s degree at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, and she also studied at the Institute of Political Studies in Paris for a year. At the time of her death, her syndicated column appeared in nearly 400 papers nationwide.

BCA and many others will sorely miss Molly’s voice.

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