Stanley Kubrick Attorney Louis C. Blau Dies at 99

Blau (left) with Kubrick on the set of "2001: A Space Odyssey."
Blau (left) with Kubrick on the set of "2001: A Space Odyssey."
 Courtesy Blau Family Archives

Louis C. Blau, an attorney who represented such Hollywood luminaries as Stanley Kubrick, Walter Matthau, Alex Haley and Berry Gordy during his career, has died. He was 99.

A senior partner at Loeb & Loeb for decades until his retirement in the late 1990s, Blau died peacefully May 30 at his decades-long home in Bel Air, a family spokesperson said Monday.

Blau’s son is Jimmie Wood, an actor and musician who is the frontman and harmonica player for the blues-rock band Imperial Crowns. Wood’s wife is Laura Engel, a partner in Kraft Engel Management, a leading film music agency.

Blau served as Kubrick’s attorney for more than 40 years and represented French writer-director Francois Truffaut as well.

His clients also included actors Richard Widmark, Lana Turner, Dan Duryea, Arlene Dahl, Fernando Lamas, Richard Basehart, Donald O’Connor and Mitzi Gaynor; screenwriter Larry Gelbart; Motown record label founder Berry Gordy; and authors Alex Haley, Danielle Steel, Barbara Taylor Bradford, Alvin Toffler and Barnaby Conrad.

When Italian stars descended on Hollywood in the 1950s, he represented the actors Alida Valli, Valentina Cortese, Rossano Brazzi and Pier Angeli.

Blau attended Los Angeles High School and UCLA and worked his way through USC Law School with a job at Fox Studios as a night cashier.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps during World War II, became a pilot in the 404th Bomb Squadron stationed in the Aleutian Islands and flew many missions over Japan. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

An avid skier and tennis player, Blau was a longtime member and former president of the Beverly Hills Tennis Club.

Survivors also include his wife, Evelyne; his daughters and sons-in-law, Gabrielle & John and Eloise & Bruce; and his grandchildren, Aaron, Leslie, Hannah and Rachel.

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