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Allegra Bennett, former Sun reporter who became a self-help writer

Allegra Bennett, former Sun reporter who became a self-help writer

Allegra B. Bennett, a former journalist who became a self-help writer and appeared on home improvement television spots as the "renovating woman," died of breast cancer Tuesday at Gilchrist Hospice Care.

The Mount Vernon resident was 68.

"Allegra was always the energy in the room," said former congressman and NAACP president Kweisi Mfume, for whom she once worked. "She had a knack of creating an actionable thought, then dressing the thought with words. She was straightforward, approachable, pleasant and tough."

Born Allegra Brown in New York City and raised in Harlem, she was the daughter of Francis...

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