Julian Myers, who died of congestive heart failure at the age
of 95, was also an avid runner, competing well into his final
year of life, according to an obituary written by his son, Eric.
In 2013, Myers set a record for his age category in the
800-meter dash at the Huntsman Senior Games in St. George, Utah.
He also loved marathons, for years competing in Los Angeles, New
York, Boston and Greece.
"He looked at the positive side of just about everything, even
in some of the terrible situations — that's the way he lived his
life," longtime friend and fellow entertainment publicist Henri
Bollinger told Reuters.
Myers was routinely honored for his work in an industry where
"respect or praise" was difficult to attract, Bollinger said.
A Detroit native, Myers moved to Los Angeles in 1937 to become
one of the first students at the University of Southern
California's then-Cinematography School, the obituary said.
In 1949, Myers began working as an entertainment publicist for
Twentieth Century Fox, where part of his job included organizing
the elaborate stunts that were routinely used to promote the
movies of the day.
For the 1950 premiere of the film "All About Eve," which
co-starred Monroe, Myers persuaded the famed Hollywood Roosevelt
Hotel to black out all of its neon sign except for the letters
Myers was sometimes tasked with pulling a fatigued Monroe out of
her bed on the days she had scheduled media appearances for the
Two years later, Myers arranged for two jackals to be flown in
from Africa to promote the film The Snows of Kilimanjaro, the
obituary said. He also represented James Dean and Elvis Presley,
Myers started his own firm, Julian F. Myers Public Relations, in
1962, representing such clients as Cloris Leachman and George
He also taught entertainment publicity at Loyola Marymount
University and the University of California, Los Angeles school
of extended learning.
Myers, who lived in the unincorporated Los Angeles community of
Marina Del Rey, is survived by three adult children and two
siblings. His wife of 43 years, attorney Patsy Nanna Myers, died
(Reporting by Laila Kearney; writing
by Sharon Bernstein; editing by Bob Burgdorfer)
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