New Delhi: Veteran Indian-origin journalist Gulshan Ewing died of Covid-19 in London Saturday. She was 92.
Over a 30-year career in the industry, Ewing served as the editor of two leading magazines — fashion and film magazine Star & Style, and Eve’s Weekly, which catered to women.
A high-profile society journalist, Ewing interviewed and rubbed shoulders with some of the biggest stars around the world, including the likes of Gregory Peck, Cary Grant and Ava Gardener, as well as royalty.
Ewing was born to a Parsi family in 1928 in what was then Bombay. As a journalist, she enjoyed a glamorous lifestyle, and was known to be on first-name terms with India’s leading actors and politicians from the 1960s onwards.
In a Twitter tribute, yesteryear Bollywood star Poonam Dhillon credited Ewing with facilitating her entry in movies.
Respects to Gulshan Ewing – she is the reason i came to films as she convinced my parents to let me take part in Ms young india after i was selected Ms Delhi ,they didnt want me to go alone to mumbai. She promised to look after me,which she did. Most Graceful Gracious lady . RIP https://t.co/SwMQZL6jtY
— Poonam Dhillon 🇮🇳 ੴ (@poonamdhillon) April 20, 2020
According to a report in Daily Mail, Ewing’s daughter Anjali, a journalist based in London, said three interviews stood out for her mother — Gregory Peck, Cary Grant, and Danny Kaye, whom she found very charming. “She loved imitating Cary Grant’s accent,” Anjali told the British tabloid.
Ewing got married to Guy Ewing, a UK-born fellow journalist based in India, in 1955 after they met at a party in Mumbai. The couple moved to England in 1990 and lived in Richmond after retirement. Guy died of cancer in 2018 at the age of 87.
No pre-existing health condition
The coronavirus pandemic has killed over 16,000 people in the UK, and over 1.7 lakh worldwide. Care England, a representative body for such homes in England and Scotland, claims that around 7,500 residents have died from the novel coronavirus.
Anjali alleged a delay in Ewing’s testing for Covid-19 despite the fact that she showed symptoms, adding she didn’t receive the kind of care she should have in hospital.
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— Anjali Ewing (@AnjaliEwing) April 14, 2020
Ewing had no preexisting health conditions. She began to develop symptoms more than a week before her death, but it wasn’t until last Wednesday that her sample was collected. It was only delivered to the laboratory two days later, the Daily Mail reported. Coronavirus was confirmed as her cause of death a day after she had died.