Publicist Was 67 – Latest Hollywood News

Andrew Freedman, the veteran information and leisure publicist whose shoppers included Gayle King, Barbara Walters, Joan Collins, Margo Martindale, Christopher McDonald and Harry Shearer, has died. He was 67.

Freedman died Feb. 8 at Mount Sinai West hospital in New York, his son Chris instructed Latest Hollywood News. He was identified with liver most cancers in August.

Freedman served as a senior spokesman for all NBC Information programming from 1984-91 — managing media relations for NBC Nightly Information, Meet the Press and the At present present — then was vp company communications for Particular Olympics Worldwide for a 12 months.

These jobs overlapped with the launch of Andrew E. Freedman Public Relations in 1990 in New York.

His spouse of 30 years and enterprise associate, actress Patty Dworkin, died in February 2017 of breast most cancers at age 64. She appeared on Broadway with Jackie Gleason, on TV exhibits together with Eight Is Sufficient and The Love Boat and in such movies as Airplane II and Mr. Mother.

Freedman served as a spokesperson for Tom Brokaw, Connie Chung and Maria Shriver, and his agency’s shoppers through the years additionally included Eartha Kitt, Gretchen Carlson, Joey King, Arianna Huffington, Yara Shahidi, Pauley Perrette, Stephen Schwartz and Billy Stritch.

An solely baby, Freedman was born on March 26, 1955, in New London, Connecticut. He was primarily raised by his grandparents, David and Mickey Elfenbein.

Freedman attended Harbor Elementary Faculty, The Pine Level Faculty, The Taft Faculty and Boston College, the place a love of politics helped land him a job working for Sen. Ted Kennedy.

He served as Kennedy’s communications specialist for his presidential marketing campaign in 1980, then labored on campaigns for Sen. George McGovern in South Dakota and Reps. Jim Howard and Andy Maguire in New Jersey.

At NBC, Freedman additionally oversaw the community’s press operation for the U.S.-Russian Reykjavík and Geneva summits, the 1988 Seoul Olympics and the community’s presidential election protection.

Survivors embrace his sons, Chris and Al. A service will happen at 2 p.m. Friday at Plaza Neighborhood Jewish Chapel on Amsterdam Avenue in New York.

Freedman “lived an adventurous, formidable and fulfilling life,” his sons famous in a press release. “Blessed with extra appeal, wit and charisma than he knew what to do with, he lived day-after-day with a spirit of affection and generosity that’s in too in need of provide as of late.”

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