Keith Keller

Former <I>Variety</I> Scandinavian bureau chief

Keith Keller, a former Scandinavian bureau chief for Variety, died Friday April 9 in Copenhagen after a long illness. He was 79.

He was also a novelist and author of various other works written in Danish and English.

Born in Copenhagen, Keller started his journalistic career writing theater and jazz reviews along with other articles.

After WWII, he took a desk job with the Associated Press, first in Paris, then in Belgium. After military service as a lieutenant in the intelligence service of the Danish army, he took a job as assistant to the theater and film editors of the Copenhagen daily BT, where he eventually became chief film critic.

In 1956, Keller joined Variety as Scandi stringer, and in 1984 became bureau chief for Scandinavia. He ankled Variety in 1987 and joined the Hollywood Reporter, where he remained until 1995.

Among his several books is “Karen Blixen and the Movies.”

Keller is survived by wife Karen and several children.

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