Luuk van der Lee / Hollandse Hoogte Tineke Beishuizen in 2014
NOS Nieuws•vandaag, 19:48
Writer and columnist Tineke Beishuizen has passed away at the age of 84. She became known for her columns in the weekly magazine Libelle, for which she wrote for 50 years this year.
Beishuizen is commemorated on the Libelle website as an icon of the magazine. In addition to columns, she also wrote books and lyrics, including for Rob de Nijs, Marco Bakker and Liesbeth List, and scripts for the police series Spangen.
Her columns were popular because she tackled subjects that many women recognized. For example, she wrote in the section At my home about the experiences of her family with young children. People were so sympathetic that children were named after her children. It later turned out that the names in the column had been made up, which led to angry letters. Her Women and Tineke sections were also very popular.
That she also wrote about her divorce was not done by the then editor-in-chief. She then came up with Anne-Wil’s Diary, a column about a widow with growing children. In it she could lose her own sadness, mourning and loneliness. After almost forty years it is still one of the best-read sections of the largest women’s magazine in the Netherlands. The columns are also bundled.
Her popularity became apparent when she celebrated her 25th anniversary in 1998. There was a gala dinner in Amsterdam and she appeared extensively in the media. An entire edition of Libelle was also dedicated to her.
Beishuizen also wrote columns for Flair magazine under the pseudonym Mieke van Maerle.
Quirky and warm
Her partner Jan Ravesteijn calls Beishuizen to the ANP “an extremely stubborn, stubborn and warm person”. He notices that people will miss her wit and enthusiasm. He says that a tumor was found behind her lungs in May.
Her colleagues at Libelle call her someone with a big heart, someone you could laugh with, “although she sometimes came out sharp”. They praise her creativity, calling her “always young at heart and curious about everything that happened in the world”.