Thursday, December 13, 2007

Freddie Fields' Family Facilitates Flowers for Funeral

What's that you say? Liza has taken a tumble? Somebody better alert one of her agents! Oh... scratch that.

Freddie Fields, the legendary Hollywood agent, producer and studio executive who helped make stars of Mel Gibson, Richard Gere and others with films like The Year of Living Dangerously, American Gigolo and Glory, has died at age 84. Fields died Tuesday at his Beverly Hills home, said publicist Warren Cowan, a longtime friend. The cause of death was lung cancer, Cowan told The Associated Press on Wednesday. During a long, colorful career as one of Hollywood's biggest behind-the-scenes players, Fields founded the international talent agency Creative Management Associates and served as president of two major film studios, MGM and United Artists.

At ICM, Fields' talent roster included Newman, Caine, Streisand, Robert Redford, Gene Hackman, Woody Allen, Judy Garland, Liza Minnelli, Steve McQueen and directors Arthur Penn, Steven Spielberg, Mel Brooks, Sidney Pollack, George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola, and Paul Mazursky.
Wow. Denzel, Gibson, Gere. Glory, American Gigolo. Did the obit need to mention that Fields "was executive producer and a partner in television's nationally syndicated The Montel Williams Show"? Jeez, nobody's perfect.

[USA Today]

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