Violet K. Levinson, 82, homemaker who inspired son's Hollywood films

November 20, 2001|By Frederick N. Rasmussen | Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF

Violet K. Levinson, a homemaker whose family stories served as an inspiration to her son, filmmaker Barry Levinson, died Saturday of an apparent heart attack at her Annen Woods Condominium home in Pikesville. She was 82.

Mrs. Levinson, who lived for many years in Forest Park, was born Violet Krichinsky, the daughter of Russian immigrants who settled in Baltimore early in the 20th century.

The struggles and successes of the Krichinsky family formed the backdrop of Barry Levinson's 1990 film, Avalon, which with Diner and Tin Men form what has been called his Baltimore trilogy.

"My mother's parents lived with us and they were always talking about the old country," said Mrs. Levinson's daughter, Sharon Ziman of Pikesville.

Mr. Levinson cast his mother in a scene in Avalon. "She was sitting at a table with some other people eating crabs," Mrs. Ziman said.

"It never made it into the film and hit the cutting room floor. She used to tease him about it," the daughter said. "She loved everything he did, and even though she was extremely proud of him, he was still just her son."

Born and raised on Appleton Street in West Baltimore, Mrs. Levinson was a graduate of Western High School. During World War II, she worked as a clerk for the federal government in Washington. During the 1970s, she was the owner of Record Data, a title company which she sold in 1979.

She was married in 1940 to Irvin Levinson, a Baltimore businessman who died in 1990.

Mrs. Levinson was a member of Covenant Guild and Bonnie View Country Club. She also was a trivia buff and enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, the family said.

Services for Mrs. Levinson will be held at noon today at Sol Levinson & Bros., 8900 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville.

In addition to her daughter and her son, who lives in Connecticut, she is survived by seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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