Emily Torchia, a film publicist who worked at MGM during Hollywood’s Golden Age and served as a publicist until her retirement in 1980, died Oct. 7 of congestive heart failure at Daniel Freeman Marina Hospital in Marina del Rey. She was 91.
Beginning in 1939, Torchia worked on many of Metro’s major films and handled some of Hollywood’s most fabled stars including Clark Gable, Lana Turner, Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor.
Leaving MGM in 1969, she joined the firm of Allen, Ingersoll and Weber in 1970 where she represented numerous clients including Ann-Margret and Jane Fonda. She also served as executive in charge of publicity on the feature “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They.”
She is survived by a cousin, Dorothy McKinley.