Lois Smith

‘GIANT HEART’: Film...

‘GIANT HEART’: Film publicist Lois Smith — seen here with actress Meryl Streep, whom Smith represented, in 2004 — died Sunday while vacationing in Maine. She was 84.

Lois Smith of Newbury, a beloved and trailblazing film publicist and friend of this writer, died Sunday in Maine while on a trip with her husband, former New York Times [NYT] reporter Eugene Smith.

Over the course of her career, Smith represented such iconic figures as Marilyn Monroe, Meryl Streep, Martin Scorsese, Robert Redford, Liza Minnelli, Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert Altman and Sean Penn.

Smith, who was 84, suffered a fall at a bed and breakfast and died later in a Maine hospital.

After attending the University of Southern California, Smith, a childhood theater buff, returned home to New York City, intending to pursue a career as a journalist, a male-dominated profession at that time.   read more

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