Francis Feighan

Francis Feighan, longtime publicist and entertainment reporter, died of a heart attack Dec. 27, 1996, at his home in Los Angeles. He was 53.

A native of Cleveland, Feighan moved in 1965 to Los Angeles, where he worked in public relations for Jay Bern-stein & Associates. He later worked at 20th Century Fox as a unit publicist.

Feighan then formed his own public relations company and handled the publicity for the Los Angeles productions of “Hair,” “Godspell,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Tommy” and “Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris.”

Later, he worked as a reporter and entertainment writer for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner.

In recent years, Feighan published a software program for aspiring screenwriters called Collaborator, a computer program that assists writers in the development of scripts.

He is survived by his son, Christopher, his mother, two sisters, three brothers and his companion Lisa Blary Thornburg.

A memorial gathering will be held at 2 p.m. Sundayat 808 Adelaide Place, Santa Monica. For further information call: 818-980-8231.

Family suggests donations in Feighan’s name to the Hospice for Terminally Ill Patients, St. Malachi’s Church, 2459 Washington Ave., Cleveland, OH 44113.

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