Rosie O'Donnell Flies in to P.R. Legend Lois Smith's Funeral
This story first appeared in the Oct. 26 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
ID Public Relations partner Mara Buxbaum worked 10 years with beloved PMK founder Lois Smith, who died Oct. 7 at age 84 from a sudden fall in Maine.
Buxbaum attended Smith's funeral Oct. 12 in Newburyport, Mass., and she tells THR: "Everyone shared classic, often funny, Lois stories and shed many tears."
Among those who flew in were former client Rosie O'Donnell, 42West head and ex-PMK partner Leslee Dart and PMK's Cindi Berger and Marian Koltai- Levine.
"There was a photo montage dating to the '60s," notes Buxbaum, "with shots of her with Marilyn Monroe, Gina Lollobrigida and Robert Redford."
Memorials are planned for L.A. and New York.