ForeverMissed
Welcome to Vicki's online memorial. It will mean a lot to me, and all of Vicki's family, friends and loved ones, for you to enjoy the stories, tributes and photos here, and to then include your own thoughts and pictures.

There are spaces for TRIBUTES below; the LIFE section in the tab above includes her obituary; and in the STORIES tab you can share your anecdotes or thoughts about Vicki. (I honestly don't know what distinguishes a tribute from a story from a life chapter, but who cares? Any place you want to share your memories of Vicki will be perfect.) And you can post pictures in GALLERY, and add your own captions to them. We will love them all.


There will also be a MEMORIAL for Vicki on Sunday, February 23rd. We would love to see you there. Just PLEASE email an RSVP to me at Michael@StoryMastery.com to let us know you're coming. Here are the details:

  • Sunday, February 23
  • Dressy casual attire
  • Encino-Balboa Golf Course Banquet Room, 16821 Burbank Blvd (at Balboa Avenue), Encino, CA [Park in either parking lot and take the stairs under the red awning]
  • Begins at 1pm
  • Prepared presentation will start at 1:30pm
  • A sandwich buffet will follow
  • Stay til 4pm 
In lieu of flowers, we're asking that you make a donation in Vicki Arthur's name to either the American Heart Association or to the Best Friends Animal Society

I know we're sad, but Vicki would also want us to connect, share, smile and laugh as we think about all the joy she brought us.

Thanks for the kindness and support you have given me, and for sharing your memories of Vicki with all of us who loved her.

- Michael
 
Posted by Donna Jason on February 23, 2020
Dearest Vicki,
You are in my heart today, all day, as your loved ones celebrate you. And from the islands of Hawaii, lush with the bright colors you loved to paint, I am praying for you with laughter, joy, and a love for all things beautiful. I wish you could have come to Hawaii with me sometime. You would have painted and painted and painted your way to bliss. Today I saw a small dog, about the size of Lucy, surfing. May the waves take you to the joy, peace and beauty that is your essence. Love you, Donna
Posted by Katherine Saltzberg on February 23, 2020
Dear Vicki,

I wish that I sat and had tea with you! We talked on the run, as many neighbors do. Thank you for your friendship. Thank you for being so kind to my stepson Jordan and for giving him his first job-watering your backyard! You were so wonderful with Elai all the time. Always encouraging. You were beautiful and talented and had so many gifts. I remember when you showed me your studio. Wow! Your home was so perfect. It was warm and inviting and beautifully decorated and I admired all you and Michael did with it. Such a talented artist you were. Your Gingerbread house always brought me such joy. Little Henry. My heart aches thinking that you are no longer here.
What I remember most about you is your smile. Your bright eyes when we'd talk. Your vulnerability. Thank you for your kindness, Vicki.
Posted by Bonnie Nesheim on February 23, 2020
Thinking of Vicki today on the day many are gathering in her remembrance. Hoping the stories and love being shared by those closest to her will be a strong comfort to you Michael.
Although I didn't have the opportunity to see Vicki much in person through the years, I will always remember her warmth and radiant smile on the occasions I did. Rest in peace Vicki.
Posted by Marlene Dantzer on February 16, 2020
A Tribute to my dear friend Vicki.

I met Vicki when I was 20 yrs. and in-between my Junior/Senior year at
Ohio University. Vicki was 19 yrs. old and my sister Elonne's friend. Vicki
and Elonne had both been a part of DIRTY FEET, Vicki with a "starring" role
and Elonne designing and drawing all the artwork for the Record jacket,
the movie credits, etc. Elonne, at the time had a little upstairs studio apartment in a 3 story rental on "B" street on the Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach. Elonne had generously invited me to come and spend the
summer with her. Vicki, Elonne and I had a really fun evening together with
Vicki spending the night. Elonne's upstairs tenant was a single guy and he came home about midnight that night with a "friend." You know how some
things can just "hit you so funny?" The more the overhead bed moved
the more Vicki and I became hysterical...with Vicki you couldn't stop laughing.
We were up all night talking and laughing and adding more and more
commentary about the length of the time the noise went on...when we saw
the upstairs neighbor the next day we burst out laughing all over again.
Those were really fun times, wonderful, lazy days at the beach...over the
years one or the other of us would recount that night that we became
friends laughing our hearts out at a springing bed that seemed to move
up and down for eons.

I came from a small town in Ohio... you know, quiet neighborhoods, no traffic except maybe a couple of cars on a turnpike...I was definitely and totally
unprepared for driving around downtown Los Angeles with Vicki in her                                         Karmann Ghia! OMG I was terrified and she was just "sooo-at-home" with it
all. In and out of big trucks, us low to the ground, the hood down, I just
hung-on. Elonne and I were chatting about Vicki the other day and all her
cars...I remember her LOVING her YELLOW V.W. THING. Sure not a sports
car but a super big fav of hers always.

When Vicki went to work at KISS RADIO the idea of doing a small cartoon
in the newspaper was sold-in to management. Vicki asked me if I would
like to create a nebulous character to illustrate the copy?
My degree is in Fine Arts, I had never done any commercial art so I was
really a fish out of water. But I tried and came up with a rather strange
little guy (which he turned out being as they wanted a girl also down the
road). They called the small cartoon KISSABLES.  Vicki liked him from the
start and all the fans the little cartoon generated...Vicki was always very
positive about everything I submitted which really was the BEST part of
the job.

Vicki and Michael's Wedding Day was my husband of 30 years and my
"first date." She was such a beautiful bride and soo happy! I was always
so happy that the day was so extra-special and wonderful for both
Vicki and Michael. Still a very clear and wonderfully romantic memory of mine!

The last time Vicki and I "really got-together" for a good period of time was
when I took the train up for her 60th Birthday party and spent the weekend.
That night, once again sharing a bed, the years melted away as we talked
and laughed for most of the night...this time without the impetus of a bouncing bed!

Vicki was the strongest woman I have ever known. In spite of all her bodily
challenges she continued to smile and laugh and be positive. She didn't
get bitter or self-pitying, she just did her best to take what she was given
"in stride." Vicki was Brave, Courageous and Strong. Vicki was a lot of other
things as well...She was Glamorous, Sexy, Thoughtful, Warm-hearted, Loving,
Talented, Independent, Passionate about Life, Playful, Generous, Giving,
Delightful, a Great Hugger and a Most Wonderful and Irreplaceable Friend to me.

I miss you Vicki but the sound of your laughter (and we laughed together
a lot.) I will always carry in my heart. You were and still are a "Sparkling
Light Beam Spirit" who enhanced my world with the Essence of your Soul!

Love, Marlene


Posted by Jennifer Hauge on February 13, 2020
My deepest sympathies are with you, Mike, in losing your precious wife and soulmate of 45 years. Vicki’s creative talent and love of animals resonated very much with me and, as my sister-in-law, there was a loving bond between us. I will miss her as well but think back fondly on the memories we made together over the past 20 years.

With love,
Jennifer
Posted by Vivianna Z on February 12, 2020
Dear Michael, I still remember that in our very first meeting, when I asked what you would love to do if you had more free time, you said it would be going to watch a movie with Vicki more often. It's a small incident but it makes me feel the love between you two. The greatest gift you can give someone is your time. I know you two must have a lot of precious memory. My thoughts are with you.
Posted by Diane Fox on February 12, 2020
Sweet Michael,
We cannot imagine your pain. Please know our hearts are with you.❤

Love,
Mitch & Diane
Posted by Lisa Jarrett on February 12, 2020
We are so sorry for your loss.
Please accept our deepest condolences from our family to yours.
Vicki will be remembered well as a warm and wonderful lady!
We wish you and your family all the support and comfort at this time!
Posted by Rem And Crystal Oculee on February 11, 2020
Dearest Michael, We can’t even imagine what you must feel. You are in our thoughts and prayers and we know that you have an angel now always watching over you.
Posted by Ritza Bloom on February 10, 2020
Vicki had such a great sense of humor! I remember we would chat for hours each visit and she'd light up when telling me about her love of iconic films (Wizard of Oz - that her uncle was in! & Gone With The Wind). We chatted about her favorite Jewish recipes and she was also so supportive of me and my husband. She was a doting dog-mom to Henry, and she was so sweet in how she cared for Michael!

Love you, Vicki, you're deeply missed but I know that you're looking down on all of us and playing with Henry right now :)
Posted by Roger Hopkins on February 9, 2020
We love Americans, and we loved Vicki most of all. Vicki and Michael brought laughter and fun to our home in England and gave us happy memories that we’ll cherish forever. God bless you Vicki, you will always be in our hearts.
Rog and Helga 
Posted by Elonne Dantzer on February 8, 2020
I met Vicki at the Prison of Socrates in Balboa in the 60's.  I had taken a sabbatical from greeting card illustration to make fancy coffees at the Prison.
Suddenly Ted Nikas was making a movie about Tim Morgan, a young talented
local singer and Vicki was his female co-star. She was a terrific actress and we became close friends...and have been for over 40 years! Visiting her mom
at the retired Actor's home was wonderful. I remember her driving fancy cars
like her jaguar and always being fun to be with. I loved her very much.
Posted by Patricia Fripp on February 8, 2020
Dear Michael, I can't imagine how you must feel losing the love of your life. What I do know is that you have the joy of knowing that you could not have been a more loving spouse or a good friend to her. I knew Vicki through your conversations and enjoy the happy photos of her here. My thoughts and prayer go out to you.
Posted by Michael Fogel on February 7, 2020
Vicki was the first “new” person I met when I moved to L.A. (funny story). Her sweet, caring and compassionate friendship has been a constant in my life no matter where I might physically be living (for the past 35 years in Vancouver). 

Vicki will always inhabit a permanent place in my heart.
Posted by Heather Hale on February 6, 2020
I'm so sorry I can't join you all but I'm sending so much love from Savannah. I'm certain the day will be a beautiful celebration of a life well-lived and so loved. May all of you be immersed in warm-hearted reminisces and wonderful camaraderie, albeit in grief.
Posted by Eric Edson on February 5, 2020
Thank you Vicki, for your love and friendship, joy and generosity, your artistic vision and examples of courage in the hard face of pain. You gave us much and taught us well. Along with love we offer you our deep, deep gratitude. Goodnight sweet lady and sleep well.

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Recent Tributes
Posted by Donna Jason on February 23, 2020
Dearest Vicki,
You are in my heart today, all day, as your loved ones celebrate you. And from the islands of Hawaii, lush with the bright colors you loved to paint, I am praying for you with laughter, joy, and a love for all things beautiful. I wish you could have come to Hawaii with me sometime. You would have painted and painted and painted your way to bliss. Today I saw a small dog, about the size of Lucy, surfing. May the waves take you to the joy, peace and beauty that is your essence. Love you, Donna
Posted by Katherine Saltzberg on February 23, 2020
Dear Vicki,

I wish that I sat and had tea with you! We talked on the run, as many neighbors do. Thank you for your friendship. Thank you for being so kind to my stepson Jordan and for giving him his first job-watering your backyard! You were so wonderful with Elai all the time. Always encouraging. You were beautiful and talented and had so many gifts. I remember when you showed me your studio. Wow! Your home was so perfect. It was warm and inviting and beautifully decorated and I admired all you and Michael did with it. Such a talented artist you were. Your Gingerbread house always brought me such joy. Little Henry. My heart aches thinking that you are no longer here.
What I remember most about you is your smile. Your bright eyes when we'd talk. Your vulnerability. Thank you for your kindness, Vicki.
Posted by Bonnie Nesheim on February 23, 2020
Thinking of Vicki today on the day many are gathering in her remembrance. Hoping the stories and love being shared by those closest to her will be a strong comfort to you Michael.
Although I didn't have the opportunity to see Vicki much in person through the years, I will always remember her warmth and radiant smile on the occasions I did. Rest in peace Vicki.
her Life

OBITUARY

VICTORIA ARTHUR
Sadly, Vicki Arthur passed away on Wednesday, January 22, not far from her home in Sherman Oaks, California. After too many physical and medical challenges to count, her loving heart – along with her infectious laugh and her warm, caring presence – simply stopped.

Vicki was a child of Hollywood from the moment she was born, in Beverly Hills in 1947. Her mother, Jessica Pepper Arthur, had twice been voted Prettiest Showgirl on Broadway, before moving to Los Angeles and meeting Vicki’s father, Art Arthur.

Art was a reporter who had left Toronto to be a columnist for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, then broke into Hollywood by writing the screenplay for Charlie Chan on Broadway for 20th Century Fox. His many credits included Sun Valley Serenade and The Fabulous Dorseys. While serving in the Army during World War II, Art wrote the screenplay for the Oscar winning documentary Seeds of Destiny, about post war relief efforts in Europe. The film raised more than $200,000,000 in donations for what would later become the United Nations and UNICEF. Art then worked closely with Cecil B. DeMille (Vicki’s godfather) on The Ten Commandments. Art moved to television to become head writer on “Sea Hunt,” “Flipper,” “Gentle Ben,” and many other features and series for Ivan Tors Productions.

After growing up calling Bert Lahr “Uncle Bert,” sitting on the knees of Bob Hope, Jimmy Durante and Charlton Heston, and baby sitting for Marlon Brando’s son, it isn’t surprising that Vicki followed in her father’s footsteps. She did some acting while still in high school, appearing in some Elvis and Beach Blanket movies, and later starring in the low budget feature Dirty Feet. 

But Vicki’s primary show biz career soon became publicity. She was hired on staff or as a unit publicist by every major studio and TV network, and among countless others, worked on “Bonanza,” Carney, and The Stunt Man, with stars including Barbra Streisand, Lee Marvin, Lucille Ball, Sylvester Stallone, Jodie Foster and Peter O’Toole. 

Vicki became the youngest woman ever admitted into the Publicist’s Guild of America, and was later elected its Vice President.

In the midst of her work in film and television, Vicki also worked for KISS radio and Sherwood Oaks Experimental College film school. And in an attempt to get away from the Hollywood hustle, she moved to Grass Valley, California. There she pursued the somewhat less glamorous occupations of panning for gold and working in a factory that made Smiley Face buttons. Ah, the Sixties… 

In 1990 Vicki opened her own firm, Vicki Arthur Public Relations, representing actors, production companies and authors. This was when she guided her longest running (and favorite) client, Hector Elizondo, to his Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for Pretty Woman, and his Best Supporting Actor Emmy for the TV series “Chicago Hope.”

Along with the great creativity, persuasion and integrity Vicki brought to her publicity campaigns, the strength of Vicki’s work (and life) was her ability to connect personally with all those she worked with, and to brighten their days with her immediate warmth, positivity, empathy and friendship.

As long and varied as her PR career was, Vicki’s greatest passion and joy came as an artist. She began making jewelry in her twenties, then went on to sculpture, watercolors, and finally acrylic painting. Her expressionistic work has been widely exhibited, and is included in the private collections of Muhammad Ali, Magic Johnson, Billy Crystal and Hector Elizondo. 

In 1975, standing in line to see JAWS, Vicki met her husband, Michael Hauge, who had just arrived in LA from Oregon in the hope of working in Hollywood. Rumor has it that she felt so sorry for his mismatched wardrobe, poor prospects and complete lack of cool that she went out with him out of pity. But something must have clicked, and after a whirlwind courtship of only ten years, they were married, and he’s been by her side ever since.

Vicki adored animals, as evidenced by the three dogs and twelve cats – all rescues – that she and Michael adopted over the years. Passersby and visitors always admired the yard and garden she kept beautiful, as well as all the antiques and mementoes and family heirlooms that made her home warm and inviting. Some people (Michael) might have occasionally regarded these items as clutter, but to Vicki they were all treasures. 

For more than 44 years, Vicki and Michael shared a love of movies, and television, and Christmas. But their favorite time of all was when they vacationed at the beach houses that they rented – first in Oxnard and then in Cayucos – every summer since 1984.

Along with Michael and their dog Lucy, Vicki is survived by her sister, Pamela St. Laurent, her nephews Brian Mathews and Kevin Mathews, her niece Kelly Suarez, and more relatives, friends and loved ones than you can shake a stick at. They all mourn her passing, and once the pain of their loss passes, all will remember her with a grateful smile.

Recent stories

A most amazing friend

Shared by Emilie Davezac Godfrey on February 22, 2020

I’ve known Vicki since the early 2000s, when she hired me as her assistant in her PR company. We’d have constant pow-wows in her home office brainstorming ideas that sometimes resulted in some hilarious experiences (thinking of The Fish Lady client and getting up at 4 am, to post signs along Mulholland/Beverly Glen in the pouring rain, about a LOST KOI who had jumped the banks of its pond, and then calling in to the morning drive radio programs promoting “The Fish Lady to the rescue”…).

The most fun was helping get Vicki’s first art website launched and working on her art gallery shows. I was always in awe of her paintings and sculptures and admired her perseverance, creativity and the vision her art revealed.

Our relationship very quickly transformed from employee to friend. It was always fun to catch up after I had moved on to another job. She was so supportive of my creative endeavors and was a cheerleader to both Matthew and I in our theatrical productions and other projects.

V: “Let’s have lunch over here.” E: “What can I bring?” V: “Lunch. Here’s the address for pick up.”

She invited lots of friends and hosted an amazing lingerie shower for me before I got married to Matthew in 2008. It was such a memorable day! (I wonder where she sent Michael off to?)
I will never forget Vicki’s support as we fostered and then adopted our daughter Jade. She was so kind and welcoming when she invited us over and always gave Jade special little gifts. Her support as we became a family will be cherished always.

I send Michael our heartfelt support.Vicki loved you so very much. Thank you for sharing her with all of us!

When I think of Vicki, I will always think of flowers, fur friends, laughter, colors, holiday decorations, generosity, special gifts, creativity, animal rescue, smiles, Christmas, and a bright inner spirit that shined on all those who knew her.

4-ever remembering Vicki-
Emilie Davezac Godfrey

My Sweet Sister-in-Law

Shared by Jim Hauge on February 9, 2020
I first met Vicki in the spring of 1976.   I was down in LA from Oregon to visit my brother, Michael (Mike), as he and Vicki had been dating for about 9 months by then.  I was instantly impressed by her – smart, funny, attractive, and so very easy to be around.  I remember we went to the Comedy Store to check out the local talent.  That night there was a new comedian named Jay Leno, and it ended up being a very memorable night for all of us laughing out loud at this very funny man!

For the next 45 years, my fondness and love for Vicki only grew. Her smile and laugh were infectious, and she was always interested in what was happening in my life.  It gave me great pleasure when they told me of their wedding plans in 1985, and travelling with our dad to attend their wedding from Oregon was a real delight (he had never flown before!).  Dad thought the world of Vicki and was so happy for the both of them.

Vicki also loved a good surprise, like the time I called her and told her I wanted to come down from Oregon to visit her and Mike but not to tell him as I wanted to surprise him.  I told her I wanted to show up at a movie he was seeing and come sit right in front of him wearing a massive cowboy hat, just to see what he would do.  Vicki said, “Great idea, how can I help?”.   Over the next month, the two of us conspired to work it all out and, when the day came, she picked me up at the airport and dropped me off at Universal, where she and Mike showed up an hour later to see a late afternoon showing of some action film.  She got Mike in the theater way early, so when they sat down they were nearly the only ones there, with hundreds of empty seats all around them.  Empty, that is, until some hillbilly from Oregon sat down in the seat directly in front of Mike, wearing a very large Stetson.  I played it out until Vicki and I couldn’t go on any longer, and finally revealed it was just Mike’s little brother, playing out his worst nightmare come true.  Needless to say, Vicki and I laughed about that one for the next 25 years. 

After our father died in 1987, Vicki invited me to come down to share Thanksgiving at their home, with her Mom, Pepper, and her sister Pam and Pam’s family, who would also attend.  I did this not just once, but for 10 years in a row, making it quite a tradition for me. 

My wife, Jennifer, and I were married in 2006, and it was very special for us to have Vicki and Mike, my only immediate family, come to our reception in Salem. 

I feel very fortunate to have recently spent quality time with Vicki when I stayed with them for a week last October, and Vicki and I found things to laugh about then, just like we laughed together in 1976.  These final years were really tough on Vicki, but she had a way of keeping her chin up through it all that was really inspiring.  The love she and my brother shared, for over 45 years, was also amazing.  I saw firsthand what a devoted and caring husband my brother was to Vicki, and as tough as her failing health was for her, I could see it was equally hard on him.

As sad as I feel for our loss, I am equally grateful to have been so close to such a beautiful spirit, as was Vicki’s.  I will remember you always, sister.  

A memorable mum

Shared by Elizabeth Williams on February 4, 2020
Dear Vicki,
Thanks for being like a mum to me; you always encouraged me, listened to my crazy stories and gave me unwanted advice (hehe!). Every time I would come over, I would leave with something new of yours to wear or use.
I loved how affectionate you were with me - a love language we both understood. I loved watching tv with you - we were a funny mix - you liked everything and I liked nothing - but eventually we found something - usually British crime.
Thanks for believing in me and saying that I would be a good actress, even before I had told you that was a secret desire of mine.
I love your smile. Your artistry. Your kindness. 
I love that you would say I could eat whatever I wanted in the whole fridge or pantry! (Oh, Michael, I hope that was okay! hehe). I love your delight at me bringing you sneaky treats like brownies and starbucks coffee.
I wish that I had got to read your book to you, like I said I would.
I'm sorry the last few months were so dang hard. You were such a trooper - pushing through all of the many obstacles and endless health battles. I'm sorry I didn't visit you more. I guess I expected we had more time. 
Thank you for being one of my first friends in America and welcoming me into your home and heart.
I can't say I miss you because I still cannot believe that you are ... g o n e .
But, I can say that I love you and am so grateful to God for bringing you into my life. 
Love,
Elizabeth