Beebe Kline, former publicist for Sophia Loren, Cary Grant, Gene Kelly, Bob Hope, Grace Kelly, Lucille Ball, Janet Leigh, Robert Wagner and numerous others, died Friday March 7 at her Beverly Hills home. She was 94.
Born in Virginia and raised in Kansas City, Mo., Kline migrated to Texas where she begin her career, working for Evelyn Miller Cromwell, daughter of then-Lt. Gov. of Texas, selling war bonds. Kline created “The Career Girls,” a group of 300 women who sold bonds and entertained troops during World War II.
When the war ended, Kline made her way west to Hollywood. She entered the show business arena in 1945 as a secretary at Paramount Studios and was quickly promoted to the publicity department.
In the latter 1950s, she met Loren on the set of “Houseboat” in Washington, D.C. The two formed a well-known business partnership and lasting friendship.
Kline left Paramount and later worked at Rogers & Cowan until she retired in 1990, representing the notables listed above. A voting member of ATAS, Kline publicized films and television shows as well as helped launch Wolfgang Puck Frozen Foods and organized events for the 1984 Summer Olympics and Givenchy.
She is survived by a niece and several grand and great-grand nieces and nephews.
Donations can be made to the Teresa Blanchard Missionary, c/o the Fairfax Assembly of God Church, 4104 Legato Road, Fairfax, VA, 22033.