Publicist and manager Glenn Rose died of heart failure Nov. 21 in West Hollywood. He was 89.
For decades, Rose was one of Hollywood’s top publicists, representing stars including Sean Connery, Milton Berle, Ella Fitzgerald, Lana Turner, Judy Garland, Maurice Chevalier, The Marx Brothers, Edward G. Robinson and Mae West.
Rose also formed the the Society of Personal Managers.
Born in Chicago, he began his career at age 17 as the youngest contract writer on radio show, “Matinee Frolics.” During that period, he wrote a song for Milton Berle and was signed to write jokes for Berle. Shortly thereafter, he moved to Los Angeles where he entered the PR business with Alan Gordon and Associates. He later became a partner in Gordon’s firm.
He then opened his own public relations company representing numerous celebrities and films including several James Bond films.
Rose segued into personal management, with Donald O’Connor, Eve Arden and Barbara Rush among his clients. During this period, he also wrote and produced several TV shows in which Arden starred.
Rose was a key figure in the Lana Turner scandal, as Turner took refuge at Rose’s house for two days following the killing of her gangster lover, Johnny Stompanato, by her daughter Cheryl Crane. For several years, Rose kept possession of the letters from Turner to Stompanato. Later, they mysteriously disappeared from his files.
He is survived by two grandchildren.
Donations may be made to Friendly House, 347 S. Normandie Ave., Los Angeles 90020.