Publicist to the Stars Lois Smith Dies at 85

By Smith died from a brain hemorrhage after falling during a trip to Maine with her husband.
|  Monday, Oct 8, 2012  |  Updated 6:34 AM EDT
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Lois Smith, pictured here with actress Meryl Streep at a play opening in New York City, died from a brain hemorrhage at the age of 85.

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A longtime New York City publicist who worked with celebrities including Marilyn Monroe, Robert Redford and Martin Scorsese has died. Lois Smith was 85.

Her death on Sunday was confirmed by Cindi Berger, chairman and CEO of PMK*BNC. Smith was one of the founders of the publicity firm that eventually merged with other firms to become PMK*BNC.

Smith died from a brain hemorrhage after falling during a trip to Maine with her husband.

Berger described Smith as a "trailblazer" in the publicity field "who loved her clients and guided them with strong and steady hands."

Her list of clients during her decades in the business also included Meryl Streep, Warren Beatty, and Whitney Houston.

She is survived by her husband and three of her children. A son died in 1985.

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