British drama critic

British critic Milton Shulman died May 21 in the U.K. He was 90.

He was the longest serving London drama critic of his generation, covering first nights for the Evening Standard for 38 years, from 1953 to 1991. The curmudgeonly, rotund critic was a familiar figure at West End openings.

From 1948 to 1958, he was film critic of the Daily Express and the Evening Standard, where his attacks on Hollywood led to threats of an advertising boycott against the Express group papers.

Shulman had a wide-ranging career as a journalist and writer. The son of Jewish emigrants from the Ukraine, he was born in Toronto and studied law at Toronto University.

From 1958 to 1962, he was a producer at Granada Television, after which, for two years, he was assistant program controller at Associated Redifffusion. From 1964 to 1973, he was the Standard’s television critic.

He also wrote 13 books, including three for children and two novels, one of which (co-written with Herbert Kretzmer) was filmed as “Every Home Should Have One.” His memoirs “Marilyn, Hitler And Me” were published in 1998.

He continued to write a column for the Evening Standard on art affairs until he was 83.

He is survived by his second wife, the journalist Drusilla Beyfus, a son and two daughters, one of whom is editor of British Vogue.

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