Leah Adler, the 97-year-old mother of Steven Spielberg, died Tuesday.
She was surrounded by her family, said her youngest daughter, Nancy Spielberg, in a Facebook post.
An iconic Jewish mother, known for her pixie haircut, red lipstick and Peter Pan collars, as well as for dancing around her kosher Los Angeles restaurant, The Milky Way, Adler was still coming into the restaurant daily last year, her daughter said in a Times of Israel interview last year.
Adler was born Leah Posner in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1920 and raised during the twenties and the Great Depression, according to The Hollywood Reporter. She studied music and later home economics, and married electrical engineer Arnold Spielberg, with whom she had four children, Steven, Anne, Sue and Nancy.
The family moved from New Jersey to Arizona in 1957, then to Los Angeles in 1964. After the Spielbergs divorced, Adler moved back to Arizona and married Bernie Adler. They later relocated again to Los Angeles and opened the Milky Way, which is considered a shrine to Steven Spielberg, her most famous child.
Known for her sharp wit, Adler notoriously said in a Los Angeles Times interview, “I told Steve, if I’d known how famous he was going to be, I’d have had my uterus bronzed.”
Adler is survived by her four children, 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Her husband, Bernie Adler, died when he was 75 and her ex-husband, Arnold Spielberg, recently celebrated his 100th birthday.
Jessy Katz, one of her grandchildren and Nancy Spielberg’s daughter, has been living in Tel Aviv and working on her music career.