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Liz Claiborne dies at 78

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NEW YORK - Fashion house Liz Claiborne Inc. says founder Liz Claiborne, whose styles became an important influence for career women in the 1970s and 1980s, died Tuesday.

Her personal assistant says Claiborne died Tuesday at Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. Personal assistant Gwen Satterfield said Claiborne had been suffering from cancer for several years.

Claiborne and her husband, Art Ortenberg, owned a ranch near Helena and were known for their many philanthropic efforts in Montana.

In 1995, Claiborne and Ortenberg were recipients of the Governor's Humanities Award. They were recognized for support of several efforts, especially the Montana Heritage Project.

Claiborne retired from the day-to-day operations of her fashion house in 1989. Gwen Satterfield says no memorial service has been planned as yet.

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