Beatrice Kozera, girl in Kerouac's On The Road book, dies
FRESNO, California (AP) - Ms Beatrice Kozera, the Los Angeles-born woman whose fleeting relationship with novelist Jack Kerouac was chronicled in On The Road, has died. She was 92.
The woman also known as Bea Franco and to readers as "Terry, the Mexican girl" died on Thursday of natural causes, family friend Tim Hernandez said on Monday.
Ms Kozera learned only a few years ago that her 15-day relationship with Kerouac in the farmworker labour camps of Selma in 1947 was featured in his famous Beat Generation novel and eventually a movie, Mr Hernandez said.
Mr Hernandez tracked down Kozera while he was researching her story for a book due to be released later this month called Manana Means Heaven. He said he interviewed Ms Kozera several times after finding letters and a postcard she had written to Kerouac at the New York Public Library. He showed them to her family, who recognised her handwriting.