Tuesday, June 2, 2009

RIP Leonard B. Kaufman

Leonard B. Kaufman, a publicist, TV producer and screenwriter, died May 24 at the Motion Picture & Television Fund Home in Woodland Hills from Alzheimer's disease. He was 84.

In Hollywood in the 1950s and '60s, Kaufman was one of the industry's premier PR men, representing Cary Grant, Burt Lancaster, Ella Fitzgerald, Robert Ryan, Shelley Winters, Fred Zinnemann and David Janssen and United Artists films including "The Misfits" (1961) and "Birdman of Alcatraz" (1962).

A native of Newark, N.J., Kaufman began in public relations at Rogers & Cowan, where he represented Joan Crawford and Jane Wyman, among others.

In 1953-54, he started his own firm, soon partnering with screenwriter Robert C. Lewin and later Marvin Schwartz. The Beverly Hills firm was known as Lewin/Kaufman/Schwartz.

When L/K/S dissolved, Kaufman became a producer and worked on TV series including "Flipper," "Gentle Ben," "Hawaii Five-O," "Daktari," "Sea Hunt" and "The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams." He also wrote for several series, including "The Dukes of Hazzard."

Kaufman was married to actress Doris Dowling ("The Lost Weekend," "The Blue Dahlia"), who died in 2004.

A memorial will be held June 9.

KAUFMAN, Leonard B.
Born: 1925, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.A.
Died: 5/24/2009, Woodland Hills, California, U.S.A.

Leonard B. Kaufman's western - producer:
The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams (TV) - 1977

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