Geoffrey Barr

Geoffrey Barr, a personal manager who worked for numerous television talents, died of cancer on Jan. 4 in Beverly Hills. He was 70.

After serving in World War II and studying drama at Northwestern U., Barr headed to New York and landed a role in the 1951 production of “Darkness at Noon” featuring Claude Rains and Jack Palance.

Staying in the theater world but switching gears a bit, he soon took a job as personal assistant to theater producer Cheryl Crawford.

Barr later switched to TV and was hired by CBS to head the story department. In television he appeared to have found his niche in the entertainment world – matching talent with material.

In the 1960s, Barr went out on his own and over the next 30 years worked for Constance Bennett, Jean Simmons, Nancy Walker, Elaine Stritch, Charles Nelson Reilly, Paul Lynde, Karen Morrow, Burr Tilstrom and others.

He is survived by his companion of 27 years, Tony Best, and a cousin, songwriter Hal Bourne.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Van Ness Recovery House, 1919 N. Beachwood Drive, Los Angeles 90068.

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