Cartoonist who, in 1975, received the National Cartoonists Society's Story Comic Book Award for her work on Brenda Star.
Her first job out of college was creating art for a Chicago greeting card company, which she left at the start of the Great Depression when her pay was lowered.
In 1997, she obtained the Milton Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award for Brenda Star.
She was born Dalia Messick, in South Bend, Indiana, her mother a seamstress and her father a sign painter who encouraged her to draw.
She named her dashing female reporter Brenda Starr after a 1930s debutante and gave her the looks of movie star Rita Hayworth.