In the Jan. 31 episode of The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, we met the third victim of 27-year-old serial killer Andrew Cunanan, and his wife Marilyn Miglin (played by Judith Light). Her real-estate mogul husband Lee Miglin was murdered just two months before Versace was, and the show focused on how Marilyn and her son Duke dealt with the immediate aftermath of his death. Marilyn is still alive today, and continuing to build her legacy at 79 years old.
Marilyn is a powerhouse of a businesswoman. She began Marilyn Miglin Cosmetics on her own, and became a staple on the Home Shopping Network. Her company is still in business and thriving today, and her website describes her as being “among the nation’s top-500 women business owners.” Even decades after it’s release, her signature fragrance Pheromone is still a top-10 perfume.
However, Marilyn is more than her cosmetics business. After Lee’s death, she channeled her emotions into helping her community. “Miglin served on Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley’s special committee on tourism, as an officer of the Chicago Convention, the State of Illinois Board of Economic Development, and on the Board of Directors of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts,” according to her website. She also won the Raoul Wallenberg International Humanitarian Award, and has done a lot of work with burn victims.
Marilyn’s contributions have made her one of the most famous names in Chicago. Oak Street’s prestigious shopping district was honorarily named “Marilyn Miglin Way,” April 15th was dubbed “Marilyn Miglin Day,” and a “burn and disfigurement unit at the Raoul Wallenberg Pediatric Day Hospital in Jerusalem was dedicated in her honor for her tireless efforts on behalf of children.” What an amazing woman!
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