Bill Edwards, Longtime MGM Int’l Publicist, Dies at 84

Longtime international motion picture publicist Bill Edwards, who spent much of his career at MGM, died Wednesday at the age of 84.

Despite Edwards being unwell for the past two-three months, his son, Nicolas, said the death was sudden. He died in his Cape Town home.

Edwards was born in Sutton-in, Nottinghamshire, England in 1929 and began his career in the film industry in 1952 working at the film trade paper Kine Weekly.

He joined MGM in 1961 as European publicity director and went on to work on films such as “The V.I.P.s,” “The Yellow Rolls Royce” and “The Dirty Dozen.” Edwards is above at left with Gene Kelly on the European promotional tour for “That’s Entertainment!”

He also had a warm working relationship with Sophia Loren and worked on three of her films.

Edwards spent three years at MGM Studios in Culver City before moving to London in 1973 as MGM international publicity director. He left MGM in the mid-1980’s and spent much of his time writing, as well as working on the occasional film publicity or marketing assignment.

Author Peter Evans wrote about him in a recently published biography, “Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations” and described him as someone who has spent half his life with actresses and knew them well.

He is survived by his wife Ghislaine and his two sons, Sean and Nicolas, as well as six grandchildren. A Cape Town church service is scheduled for next week with a subsequent service in Portsmouth, England several weeks after.

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