Producer, entertainment lawyer and manager Thomas Hammond, who represented Bernadette Peters and Bette Davis, died July 1 in Illinois after a long illness. He was 80.
Born Wenatchee, Wash., Hammond graduated from New York University, and worked as an entertainment law specialist at Weissberger & Froche, a Gotham firm whose client list included Marilyn Monroe and Laurence Olivier.
Hammond was general manager or producer for a number of Broadway shows during the 1950s and ’60s, including “The Liar,” “Candida” with Olivia de Havilland, “The Gambler” with E.G. Marshall, “The Rainmaker” starring Geraldine Page and the original Broadway production of “Candide.”
Hammond also worked in cabaret and in television. He was the general manager for “Plaza 9,” a series of satiric cabaret revues directed by Julius Monk, and he produced industrials for “We Interrupt This Season,” a 1967 NBC television series featuring Bernadette Peters, ABC’s “People to People,” and other television programs during the late ’60s and early ’70s.
Hammond’s relationship with Peters was the longest-lasting association of his career. Hammond first met Peters when she was starring in the 1965 Off-Broadway musical “The Penny Friend.” He managed Peters’ career from this first encounter, when she was 17, until his death.