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Former Calif. first lady Virginia Knight dies

LOS ANGELES - Former California first lady Virginia Knight, who married Gov. Goodwin Knight in 1954 in the state's first gubernatorial wedding, has died in Los Angeles at age 92.

The Los Angeles Times said her grandson, Jonathan Weedman, confirmed that she died Monday in her Hancock Park home after a lengthy illness.

Weedman said Knight was born to be first lady, saying she was a genuine, effusive person whom people adored.

Virginia Knight was an early proponent of turning the Victorian governor's mansion, which was built in 1877 in Sacramento, into a museum honoring California's first ladies.

After her husband lost the 1958 governors race to Edmund G. "Pat" Brown, the couple returned to Los Angeles. Goodwin Knight died in 1970.

- AP

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