Stephanie Pond-Smith dies at 45

Actress/Publicist, former Carolco VP

Publicist Stephanie Pond-Smith died March 18 of a brain aneurysm in Reno while working on location with a feature film. She was 45.

Pond-Smith, a Los Angeles native, began her showbusiness career at the age of four, portraying the smallest princess in the film “The King and I.” She also appeared in “Rebel Without a Cause,” “The Left Handed Gun” and “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.”

After attending UCLA, she served as a production assistant for Paramount Pictures before moving over to the publicity and promotion department, where she became a staff publicist.

Pond-Smith joined Carolco Pictures Inc. in 1988 as a publicity manager, eventually rising to VP of publicity, a position she held from 1991-1995. While at Carolco, she worked on worldwide publicity campaigns for such films as “Angel Heart,” “Red Heat,” “The Doors,” “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” “Basic Instinct” and “Chaplin.”

She left Carolco in 1995 to become a unit publicist, working on such productions as “Lolita,” “My Fellow Americans,” “Without Limits,” “Conspiracy Theory,” “Krippendorf’s Tribe” and “Payback.”

Pond-Smith is survived by her husband of 20 years, David; her mother, two brothers and three sisters.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursdayat the First United Methodist Church of Santa Monica, with a reception to follow in the Church Hall.

In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations to the Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation at UCLA, c/o The Mann/Revlon Breast Center, 10833 Le Conte Ave., 8950 Factor Bldg., Los Angeles 90095.

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