Josephine Moonves, Mother of CBS' Leslie Moonves, Dies at 92

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From left: Leslie Moonves with parents Herman and Jo Moonves and wife Julie Chen in 2009.

A former nurse, she also is survived by entertainment attorney Jonathan Moonves.

Josephine Schleifer Moonves, the mother of CBS Corp. chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves and prominent entertainment attorney Jonathan Moonves, has died. She was 92.

She died peacefully surrounded by family on Friday at UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica, CBS announced Monday in a statement.

Best known to friends as Jo, Moonves finished No. 1 in her class at nursing school before beginning a long career in the healthcare field. She continued to practice nursing until she retired at age 70. She was an avid traveler, having visited nearly 50 countries on all seven continents.

She was born and raised in Brooklyn, the oldest of five children. She married Herman Moonves, an Army veteran, in 1943. The couple moved to Valley Stream, N.Y., and had sons Leslie, Jonathan — now a partner at Del Shaw, Moonves, Finkelstein and Lezcano — and Alan and a daughter, Melissa.

They later moved to Lynchburg, Va., Atlanta and then to Pacific Palisades in 1979. In California, Josephine and Herman were active members of the Santa Monica Family YMCA.

Survivors also include daughters-in-law Julie Chen and Dianne Moonves; son-in-law Yves Colon; grandchildren Adam, Sara, Michael, Charlie, Jacques, Ian, Alaina and Julia; and great-grandchildren Noah, Judah and Jack.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Josephine’s name to the Alliance for Children’s Rights, 3333 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 500, Los Angeles, CA 90010.

  

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