Longtime PR man Frank Liberman dies

Represented Bob Hope, Phyllis Diller, Henry Fonda, others

Frank Liberman, a Hollywood publicist for more than 60 years, died Monday. He was 92.

Liberman represented Bob Hope for 41 years, Phyllis Diller for 33 and David Janssen for 16. He also repped Henry Fonda, Nat "King" Cole, Tony Bennett, Jack Paar, Harry Belafonte, Steve Allen, Charles Bronson, Joan Blondell, Dorothy Lamour, Peggy Lee, Mel Ferrer, Mike Nichols, Frank Langella, Nick Nolte and William Shatner, among others.

Liberman also publicized such major motion pictures as "Solomon and Sheba" (1959), "The Miracle Worker" (1962) and "Fiddler on the Roof" (1971). As a book publicist, he represented many of the published works of George Burns, Hope, Allen and Diller.

Liberman also served as the publicist for two famed celebrity-frequented restaurants -- Dan Tana's in West Hollywood and La Scala in Beverly Hills.

Liberman, a native of Manhattan, served with the U.S. Signal Corps and Army Pictorial Service during World War II. He began work in the movie business with Warner Bros. in New York and later in Burbank, then established his own PR company, Frank Liberman and Associates, in 1947.

Liberman was a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences since 1946. He received the Publicists Guild's coveted Bob Yeager Award in 1991.

Liberman was married to the late Pat Harris, a noted talent agent and casting director. He is survived by two daughters -- Meg Liberman, casting executive at CBS Television Studios, and Kay Liberman, a talent manager and producer -- and two grandchildren, Sam and Abigail.

A memorial service is pending. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Jewish Home.