Praiser was treasured for his personality and links to Hollywood history
Julian Myers, the well-known longtime entertainment publicist who worked with stars including Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland, died Saturday at 95.
Known for his good humor, smart wardrobe and old school stunts, he told Variety in 1992 — past most people’s retirement age — that he was opening “round-the-clock” offices, saying he would “be available at any hour seven days a week, to the media, clients and anyone else with an urgent need for a publicist.”
After graduating USC, Myers started as a publicist at Fox in 1948 and went on to work with many of Hollywood’s biggest stars including Cary Grant, John Wayne and Monroe, for whom he was “backup publicist.” He stayed at Fox in charge of national newspaper and fan magazine contacts until 1961 when he opened his own publicity firm. In the 1980s, he served as exec VP at Hanson & Schwam P.R.
His wife Patsy died in October.
When Myers received the Publicists Guild special award of merit in 1998, his longtime friend, Variety’s Army Archerd, noted that he would again run the L.A. Marathon, at 80.
He was active long after retirement, writing numerous letters to the editor and keeping in touch with former colleagues and journalists. An avid runner, he competed at the Huntsman World Senior Games in Utah until last year. With his wife, he created a friendship holiday, Amigo Day, and at 90 years old, ran 90 miles from San Diego to L.A.
For more than 35 years, he taught entertainment publicity at UCLA, where he handed out a long list of pointers for aspiring publicists with tips such as networking at running events and sending thank you notes. He also taught for many years at Loyola Marymount.
He is survived by two sons, Eric and Jon.