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Jack Bradford, a jack-of-all-trades who wrote the Rambling Reporter column for The Hollywood Reporter during the mid-1960s, died Feb. 9 in Los Angeles. He was 85.
Bradford was a “leg man” and vacation replacement for columnist Mike Connolly at The Reporter and took over writing duties after Connolly’s death in 1966, penning the column for a year. During his 10-year association with the newspaper, he also worked to start Jay Allen’s book-publicity firm, where he worked on Jacqueline Susann’s “Valley of the Dolls” and with other writers including Gore Vidal.
He also wrote columns and film reviews for such publications as Coronet, Screen Stories, Inside TV and Cosmopolitan.
Before his writing career, Bradford had small roles in Hollywood films in the ’50s, including “Navy Wife,” “No Time for Sergeants,” “The FBI Story,” “The Best of Everything” and the Lauren Bacall starrer “The Gift of Love.”
He wrote novels and taught astrology classes later in life, working with “astrologer to the stars” Carroll Righter, and was president of the First Temple of Astrology in Los Angeles.
Born in Aurora, Ill., on May 9, 1923, Bradford graduated from the University of Illinois and served during World War II.
A memorial service is set for 2 p.m. March 8 at the Los Angeles Center of Religious Science at 6404 Wilshire Blvd.
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