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BRIEF: Erie woman, star of many stories, dies alone

June 13, 2014

By David Bruce, Erie Times-News, Pa.

June 13--An Erie woman who told her friends that she entertained princes and kings, acted in movies and television shows, and sang in nightclubs, died alone in her apartment on June 3.

Joan "Lynne" Johnston, 72, was found amid her 13 cats three days after she died from natural causes, Erie County Coroner Lyell Cook said. No one had claimed her body as of Thursday.

Johnston lived in Erie for about 12 years, volunteering at Mercyhurst University'sMary D'Angelo Performing Arts Center and constantly searching for work as a horse trainer.

She also told friends about a past that included a dinner with Prince Charles and playdates as a child with the children of Joan Crawford and Bob Hope.

However, it's not known if any of her stories are true. But passports found in her apartment showed that she traveled to Malaysia numerous times in the mid-1980s.


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