Ralph Benner, Original Editor of TigerBeat Magazine, Dies at 84

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Ralph Benner

He joined the publication, which was (and still is) aimed at young, female fans of music acts and celebrities, in 1965.

Ralph Benner, the original editor of TigerBeat magazine, a Hollywood fan publication for girls that debuted in 1965, has died. He was 84.  

Benner died Dec. 22 at his home in Sherman Oaks, California, after a battle with liver disease, his daughter, Jamie Newbold, said.

High school teacher Chuck Laufer and brother Ira created TigerBeat, which was aimed at girls ages 9 to 18 and featured articles on young music acts and celebrities like Bobby Sherman, Sonny & Cher, Donnie & Marie, David and Shaun Cassidy, The Monkees and The Jackson Five.

A UCLA graduate, Benner came aboard as editor after working at TV Guide and then as managing editor of Teen magazine, another publication launched by Chuck Lauter.

Later, Benner worked on other magazines, including Rona Barrett's Hollywood and Right On!, an African-American-focused counterpart to TigerBeat.

TigerBeat survives today.

After leaving TigerBeat in 1982, Benner published Hollywood Studio Magazine, later known as Hollywood Then and Now, which featured coverage of stars from the past, such as Bette Davis, Lana Turner, Marilyn Monroe, Rock Hudson and Rita Hayworth.

Benner was the author of the books Sex and the Teenager, The Young Actors' Guide to Hollywood and Songbird. He continued to interview music entertainers and write articles well into his 70s.

Benner is survived by his wife of 50 years, Judith; other daughters Valerie and Katherine; granddaughters Molly, Bridget, Abigail, Meg, Olivia and Macey; great-grandchildren Lily, Haddie, Rory and Brody; and his dog, Bentley.