CDL has some sad Soap Opera News to pass on about an important person to CBS daytime television. Joel Aronowitz, the Emmy award-winning director who worked on both As The World Turns and Edge of Night, had died at the age of 79.
Joel was a member of the entertainment industry for over 40 years. He started out at CBS in the late 1950s and remained at the network for the rest of his career. Joel worked as an Associate Director and Director of As The World Turns and Edge of Night, but he also worked on numerous other projects for CBS.
Specifically, he worked on various productions for CBS Sports, as well as The Miss Universe and Miss Teen USA pageants. Most notably, he was involved in the CBS television coverage of the 1969 US moon landing. He also directed the TV coverage for various parades, including The Tournament of Roses Parade, The Thanksgiving Day Parade, and The Cotton Bowl Parade.
As for Joel’s personal life, he grew up in New Jersey, where he graduated from Clifton High School and served in the New Jersey Army National Guard. In 1964, he married Linda Greenstein and raised two daughters, Susanne and Pamela. After Linda passed away in 2001, he married Susan Orlikoff Simon and retired in Pebble Beach, California.
Joel leaves behind his wife Susan, two daughters, and two grandsons. Funeral services were held on Sunday, June 30th in Fair Lawn, New Jersey. Our sincerest condolences go out to Joel’s family at this time. Don’t forget to check CDL often for the latest soap spoilers, updates, and news.