Margaret Gardner, 88, PR exec

Headed international dept. at Rogers & Cowan

Longtime public relations exec Margaret Gardner, who headed up the international dept. at Rogers & Cowan, died of cancer Thursday in New York. She was 88.

Gardner was headquartered in Paris and London for more than 30 years, and was a familiar face at the Cannes Film Festival, which honored her in 1991. 

Born in Marinette, Wisc., she moved to Los Angeles after high school to join her brother, producer Arthur Gardner, who at the time was an actor in films and theater.

 She graduated UCLA, started her career as a magazine writer and went on to become VP in charge of international affairs for Rogers & Cowan , where she handled publicity for many films including Darryl F.  Zanuck’s “The Longest Day.” She worked with talent including Audrey Hepburn, Kirk Douglas, Shirley McLaine, Cary Grant, Peter Ustinov, Rex Harrison, Melina Mercouri and Elizabeth Taylor.

She is survived by brothers Arthur and George and a sister, Fay Wallace.

Donations may be made to the Motion Picture & Television Fund.

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