Josh Flagg's Grandmother Margie Has Passed Away Due to Complications from COVID-19

Josh Flagg's Grandmother Margie Has Passed Away Due to Complications from COVID-19

The MDLLA agent remembered his grandmother as "not only an incredible person but also a true role model."

Josh Flagg Grandmother Passes Away Coronavirus

Josh Flagg is honoring the life and legacy of his maternal grandmother, Marjorie Platt, who passed away due to complications from coronavirus (COVID-19) on July 11. She was 98 years old.

The Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles agent shared the sad news on Instagram in a series of three posts on July 15 after his grandmother was laid to rest in Mount Sinai Memorial Park, whose chapel and administrative buildings are named after her late husband, Herman Platt, as they both helped found and build the Jewish funeral home and mortuary.

"RIP. The Queen has passed. When I was a little boy, I was fortunate enough not only to grow up with amazing parents but also with two sets of incredible, fabulous, and wonderful grandparents," Josh shared on Instagram. "My grandmother Margie Platt passed away this past weekend from COVID-19 at 98 years old. Margie was not only an incredible person but also a true role model."

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RIP. The Queen has passed. When I was a little boy, I was fortunate enough not only to grow up with amazing parents but also with two sets of incredible, fabulous, and wonderful grandparents. My grandmother Margie Platt passed away this past weekend from COVID-19 at 98 years old. Margie was not only an incredible person but also a true role model. My grandfather and my grandmother were two of the most philanthropic people I have ever met. They, along with a few of their friends, founded and built Mt. Sinai Memorial Park where she was laid to rest today, in the Herman Platt Chapel and Administration Buildings. My grandparents gave back tremendously to the community endowing the Marjorie and Herman Platt Gallery at the American Jewish University. As a a child, Grandma and Grandpa were the King and Queen of Sinai Temple. During high holidays services, my grandparents would walk through the Benjamin Platt Foyer through the doors of the synagogue for which my great grandfather founded in the 1920s. As they walked to their seats, everyone came up to Mr. and Mrs. Platt as they truly were respected as one of the founding Jewish families of Los Angeles. My great grandfather ruled Siani Temple with a loving but iron fist until his death on April 14, 1960 when Los Angeles City Hall adjourned for the rest of the day in his memory. My grandfather followed his father and served as the longest living president at Sinai Temple for 21 years, with his darling wife Margie by his side. Both Grandma and Grandpa were key supporters of and fundraisers for Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, the United Jewish Fund, the Jewish Home for the Aging, City of Hope, the UCLA Foundation, Temple of the Arts, and of course Vista Del Mar. I will say, that I blame my grandmother Margie for turning me gay LOL. From lessons on David Hockney, pre-Colombian artifacts, the furniture of Karl Springer…to David Webb jewelry, cocktail dresses and parties, there is no question where I got my sense of style from. —> see part 2 and 3.

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Josh then opened up about how much his grandmother and grandfather gave back to the community, endowing the Marjorie and Herman Platt Gallery at the American Jewish University in California. They were also key supporters and fundraisers for Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, the United Jewish Fund, the Jewish Home for the Aging, City of Hope, the UCLA Foundation, Temple of the Arts, and Vista Del Mar. "My grandfather and my grandmother were two of the most philanthropic people I have ever met," Josh wrote.

He also noted how Margie was right by his grandfather's side while he served as president of Sinai Temple, while serving as "Sisterhood Chair and fundraiser extraordinaire" herself, according to her obituary. "As they walked to their seats, everyone came up to Mr. and Mrs. Platt as they truly were respected as one of the founding Jewish families of Los Angeles," Josh recalled of services during the high holy days as a child.

Josh remembered his grandmother exposing him to the works of David Hockney, the furniture of Karl Springer, and the jewelry of David Webb. "There is no question where I got my sense of style from," he said.

In another tribute post on Instagram, Josh likened his grandmother to the character Norma Desmond from the classic Hollywood film Sunset Boulevard. "When you would call her in the morning she would pick up the phone and without even knowing who it was (whether it be a family member, a gardener or a solicitor) she would say, 'Good morning darling isn’t it just divine outside this morning,'" he shared.

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(2/3) My grandmother was the only person I ever knew who would hold a party for 100 people on one evening followed by another party for a different group of 100 people the next night, which she called the ‘B’ night. Everyone knew that Friday was the ‘A’ list and Saturday was the ‘B’ list, but even so, everyone still felt lucky to be invited to the home of Margrie and Herman Platt.  My grandmother truly was Norma Desmond from Sunset Boulevard. When you would call her in the morning she would pick up the phone and without even knowing who it was (whether it be a family member, a gardener or a solicitor) she would say, “Good morning darling isn’t it just divine outside this morning.”  My grandmothers days consisted of this…she would wake up at 10am where she was served breakfast in bed and would watch classic movies and game shows until 2PM at which point she would drive to Hillcrest and play a few hours of bridge and then return home to have cocktails with Herman before dinner at the Bistro Gardens, Chasens or Le Dolce Vita. Every night was a party and she had Victor Dray and Drago brothers. However, Monday was always dinner at La Scala Boutique with three of her granddaughters. She would sit in the front booth right next to the front door where, the first 10 minutes of dinner, she would go up to every table and say hello to all her friends. She truly was the epitome of THE social butterfly. This woman lived life more than anyone else I ever met. Lox and bagels at Hillcrest and sneaking through her closets at the Wilshire and stealing pieces of Tortoise and Blue and White Vases, which by the way meant she gave me and told me not to tell my mom or aunt. It is still shocking to me that my mother did not know I was gay. What other 8 year old is interested in collecting Imari China?

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Josh also said that his grandmother "truly was the epitome of THE social butterfly," holding back-to-back parties for 100 guests each at her home or spending her days at the country club and nights out at a fabulous restaurant in L.A. where "she would go up to every table and say hello to all her friends."

"This woman lived life more than anyone else I ever met," Josh wrote. "Lox and bagels at Hillcrest and sneaking through her closets at the Wilshire and stealing pieces of Tortoise and Blue and White Vases, which by the way meant she gave me and told me not to tell my mom or aunt."

However, Josh will mostly always remember the love his grandmother gave him and vice versa. "Whenever I told my grandmother I loved her, she would respond with 'I adore you darlingggg, and how much do you love me?' And I would say 'all in the world,'" he wrote in another post. "Sleep tight madam and have fun night in heaven with grandpa."

Josh's paternal grandmother, Edith Flagg, frequently appeared on MDLLA before her passing in 2014 at the age of 94.

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