Henry Gris, who served as the first president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., died Dec. 14 of natural causes in Los Angeles. He was 92.
Born in Latvia, he served as the only foreign correspondent of the Latvian newspaper Sivodnya, and first came to Los Angeles in 1932 to cover the Olympics.
He later graduated from Columbia U. and joined United Press Intl. in London at the outbreak of World War II.
Following the war, he covered the opening of the United Nations in San Francisco and then settled permanently in Los Angeles, where he created UPI’s Hollywood Foreign Dept., which covered Hollywood for foreign magazines and newspapers globally.
Gris interviewed practically every Hollywood star during the late 1940s, ’50s and ’60s, and even appeared with other foreign journalists in the Clark Gable-Doris Day starrer “Teacher’s Pet.”
Following his retirement from UPI in 1969, he worked for Transworld Feature Syndicate, the National Enquirer and Prive Magazine of Holland.
Gris is survived by his son, Terry.