Stanley Brossette, who handled unit publicity for more than 70 films, died Oct. 24 in Santa Monica, Calif., of complications relating to multiple myeloma. He was 69.
Over his 45-year career, Brossette was unit publicist on 11 Elvis Presley projects, 19 films with Burt Reynolds, five with Eddie Murphy and three with Barbra Streisand.
Born in Kingsville, Texas, he graduated from Southwestern U. in Georgetown, Texas, before heading to Hollywood.
He was hired by legendary MGM publicity head Howard Strickling, who told his secretary that he had chosen Brossette over the other candidates because “I think that Texas boy has a little larceny in him.”
In 1965, he was assigned to be the unit publicist on “Spinout” with Presley, and continued on 10 more Presley projects, where he developed a long friendship with Presley’s manager Col. Tom Parker.
Brossette left MGM in 1970 to become a freelance unit publicist. One of his first assignments was “Kansas City Bomber,” which marked the start of his long friendship with Raquel Welch. Much later, when Welch successfully sued MGM over “Cannery Row,” she asked Brossette to accompany her to court every day of the trial and to act as her public relations adviser.
He worked with Reynolds over more than 25 years, on films including “Semi-Tough” and “Smokey and the Bandit.”
Among the other films he worked on were several Goldie Hawn projects including “Wild Cats”; Murphy’s “Beverly Hills Cop”; Streisand’s “Nuts,” “The Prince of Tides” and “The Mirror Has Two Faces”; and Sharon Stone’s “The Quick and the Dead.”
In 2000, he was awarded with the Publicists Guild’s Les Mason career achievement award.
Brossette is survived by a sister.
Donations may be made to the Humane Society of the United States, 2100 L St. NW, Washington D.C. 20037.