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JAY BERNSTEIN
1937 - 2006


Jay Bernstein, one of Hollywood's most influential publicists and managers, passed away on April 30th at Cedars-Sinai in Beverly Hills after suffering a massive stroke. He was 68. Long time friend and client Farrah Fawcett was at his bedside when he died.

Born June 7, 1937 in Oklahoma City, the versatile Bernstein worked as a publicist and manager, representing names like Farrah Fawcett, Suzanne Somers, Drew Barrymore, Brooke Shields, Pamela Anderson, Lee Majors, Jim Carrey, Faye Dunaway, Sammy Davis Jr., Glenn Ford, Ernest Borgnine and Tony Bennett among dozens of others. As a personal manager, he helped make then unknown actresses Suzanne Somers, Farrah Fawcett and Kristy McNichol into household names. As a publicist, he created memorable campaigns including having Mary Hart's legs insured for a million dollars.

He began his career in the William Morris mail room, followed by a lengthy stint working at Rogers & Cowan. He then opened his own PR firm before seguing into the management business. He later became a succesful television producer, producing series including "Mike Hammer".




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