Henri Bollinger, Veteran Hollywood Publicist, Dies at 89
"I lost a dear friend today, and the entertainment PR community lost one of its most inspiring role models," says one industry insider about the veteran, whose clients included Bob Barker.
Henri Bollinger, the former president of the Publicists Guild and the Entertainment Publicists Professional Society, has died. He was 89.
Bollinger died Monday at the Motion Picture and Television Fund retirement home in Woodland Hills of complications from surgery, publicist Rick Markovitz announced.
Bollinger ran his eponymous PR agency for 50 years and was a recipient of the Les Mason Award, the highest honor bestowed upon a publicist by his peers.
"I lost a dear friend today, and the entertainment PR community lost one of its most inspiring role models," Markovitz, president at Weissman/Markovitz Communications and a director of the board of the Los Angeles chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, posted on Facebook.
President of the Publicists Guild five times, Bollinger represented the likes of Bob Barker, Shirley Jones, Marty Ingels, Jack Jones, Gerald McRaney, the Cinema Audio Society Awards, Wes Craven Films, Shochiku Films of Japan, Fries Entertainment, Cannon Films, George Schlatter Productions and The World Series of Poker.
He worked on campaigns for such movies as The People Under the Stairs, Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th and for TV programs including Major Dad, The Price Is Right, Simon & Simon, The Ernie Kovacs Show, The Julie Andrews Hour and The Kennedy Center Honors.
Bollinger served for more than 55 years on the Publicists Awards committee, which organizes the ICG Publicists Awards Luncheon held each year at the Beverly Hilton. He was chairman of the committee for 37 years until his recent retirement.
Survivors include his wife Sandy; children Jennifer, Jeffrey and Jeremy; and grandchildren Jerry, Shawn, Emma and Isabel.
A memorial service and interment will take place at 1 p.m. Thursday at Groman Eden Memorial Park in Mission Hills.
Charitable contributions can be made to Valley Beth Shalom Synagogue in Encino or the Motion Picture Television Fund in Woodland Hills.