On tonight’s episode of Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles, Josh Flagg is shown grieving the loss of his beloved grandmother Edith Flagg. Edith, 94, was a huge part of the show and fans loved her blunt, tell it like it is, words of wisdom. In the last few episodes, Flagg had been talking about his grandmother being sick, but the moment has unfortunately come where we officially say goodbye to Edith on the show. Just before the season started this year, Josh lost his best friend Edith, and tonight, fans will re-live the tragedy with him. Read on for the facts on Edith below, and for even more info on her amazing life, check out the below link:
In each of the below facts, enjoy videos of Edith’s words of wisdom …
1. Flagg Remembered His Grandmother Edith With Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live
Edith Flagg passed away on August 13, 2014, before the latest season of Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles aired. Josh Flagg sat down with big wig Andy Cohen and paid tribute to Edith in the above clip, celebrating her time on the show and remembering the love we all had for her. The day that Edith died, Josh posted this message on his Instagram, announcing the sad news:
At 6am this morning, Edith Flagg, my grandmother, passed away. She was my best friend. I love you grandma, my darling wonderful woman. You are my hero. I will see you again one day…It may be a while… But I promise we will be together again.
He also wrote an email to Pre-a-Porter, stating:
Edith died in her penthouse in Century City this morning. She was 94. She died of natural causes. We knew it was coming in the next few days. She had the absolute best care and they made it as painless as possible for her … She was the most eccentric woman I ever knew. All she wanted was to help people and be there for them. The very last thing she said to me in true Edith style was “mama Mia” after I said I know you don’t feel so great right now.
Josh and Edith were extremely close. Just a couple weeks ago, Josh posted a photo of a letter he had written Edith when he was six years old. He found it while going through his grandmother’s closet and was touched that she kept it. Have a look at the adorable letter below:
2. The History of Edith Flagg Is Truly Impressive
Edith Flagg has lived an impressive life and even killed a Nazi in order to survive. Edith and her second husband Eric were active members of the Dutch Resistance Forces who fought the Nazi regime at the time of the Holocaust. Edith hid her identity from the Nazis, escaped World War II, lost her first husband in the concentration camp Auschwitz and fled to an Israeli kibbutz as a young, single mother to son Michael. While working in the Dutch Underground, Edith met second husband Eric Flagg and at the end of the war they got married. Eric Flagg died in 1999 at the age of 83.
You can read Edith’s full obituary by clicking here. Upon her death, Edith requested there be no funeral.
Check out a stunning photo of Edith from 1965 below:
3. Edith Flagg Was the Epitome of the American Dream
At fifteen years old Edith moved to Vienna to attend fashion school until Hitler invaded Vienna. Once Edith met husband Eric and started to build a life with him and her son Michael, the three of them moved to New York, though Michael went on to live with his biological father’s parents for a while. Eric, Edith and Michael later moved together to Los Angeles in 1949. There, Edith worked in fashion jobs until she earned enough money to build a fashion business with husband Eric. She was the designer and President of Edith Flagg, Inc., which became one of the largest womens’ sportswear manufacturers in California. One of her biggest accomplishments was bringing polyester to the United States and amassing a fortune of an estimated $100 million.
4. Josh Flagg Was Edith’s Only Grandchild
One of the reasons Josh and Edith were so close was that Josh is Edith’s only grandchild. Josh told Bravo:
I was my grandmother’s only grandchild and the center of her life, but she was the center of my universe. I am so grateful I got to hold her hand and place my head on her chest and tell her I loved her. She told me she adored me.
5. Grandmother Edith and Josh Were Best Friends
The above video is the first time we met Edith Flagg on Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles. Have a look at this blast from the past, introducing us to the entertaining relationship between Josh and his grandmother.
Josh Flagg always spoke fondly and lovingly when it came to the subject of his grandmother, telling TMZ:
My grandmother was a legend, not only in my eyes, but in the eyes of the countless people she helped and touched. Beverly Hills and LA have lost one of the great members of the community.