Melanie Lynn Moen, a lawyer and writer who loved animals, music, literature and the ocean, passed away April 7, at age 47. Melanie grew up in Crookston, but moved to Ithaca, NY where she graduated from Ithaca High School. A resident of Valley Village, Calif., she graduated from Cornell University in 1986 and from the American University’s Washington College of Law in 1991. She then joined the American Film Marketing Association (now the Independent Film & Television Alliance), based in Los Angeles, Calif., to establish the trade group's legal department, becoming the its key liaison with the Motion Picture Association of America, government officials in Washington and the FBI on all matters pertaining to piracy, copyright and marketplace access issues. She was promoted to the newly created position of vice president for governmental relations and legal affairs in 1998. In this role, she became the primary liaison with government officials in California, Washington and international bodies regarding all policy matters. She left that post in 2000 to work as a writer as well as an independent contract attorney.
Melanie was preceded in death by her father, Arnold K. Moen from Crookston. In 1999 she married David Price, a musician, and though the marriage ended, the two remained close. She is survived by her mother Phyllis Moen and her stepfather Richard Shore (Minneapolis), her sister Deborah Moen and nephews James and William Frickstad (Cokato), as well as her grandmother Myrtle Moen (Crookston) and other relatives in the area that she cared for a great deal.
The family wishes that, in lieu of flowers, a contribution be made to the Humane Society in Melanie’s name. A celebration of her life will be held at the First Unitarian Society, 900 Mount Curve Road, Minneapolis, at 11 a.m. on April 28.