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Betty Lee Hunt

Broadway publicist

Betty Lee Hunt, a Broadway publicist for four decades, died Oct. 11 in New York City. She was 85.

Hunt’s career on Broadway began in 1951 when she worked as an assistant to publicists Leo Freedman and Abner D. Klipstein. Nine years later she opened her own flackery to do press on “There Was a Little Girl.”

In 1978, she and her partner, Maria Christina Pucci, formed Hunt/Pucci Associates, and did the publicity for such shows as “The Zoo Story,” “Sweet Charity,” “Grease,” “Seascape,” Yentl,” “The Shadow Box,” “Crimes of the Heart” and ‘Night Mother,” among others.

Hunt and Pucci also formed a producing company, BetMar, which helped bring Harvey Fierstein’s “Torch Song Trilogy” to Broadway in 1982. The following year, the comedy won the Tony for play.

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