HFPA veteran Anita Weber dies at 92

Served on board of directors; recipient of Int'l Media Award

Anita Weber, a longtime member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., died March 8 at her home in Los Angeles. She was 92.

Weber served on the HFPA board of directors and was the recipient of the International Media Award from the International Cinematographers Guild and a lifetime achievement "gold card" from the HFPA.

"For over 35 years, I cannot remember a press conference where she was not in attendance," HFPA president Philip Berk said. "Right up until the last weeks, Anita prided herself on the fact that in her 90s she was seated in the front row taking pictures and asking pointed and intelligent questions. She will be sorely missed."

A native of Portland, Ore., Weber worked as a model, stand-in and actress before she began writing a Hollywood gossip column for South African newspaper the Mercury in 1955. She later worked as a journalist for Capital Pictures in England, Elite Photo Agency in South Africa and Uniphoto Press Agency in Japan.

Survivors include eight nieces and nephews. Weber asked that donations be made to the Red Cross.