Constance L. Stone, a pioneering publicist who repped large corporations, television producers and Los Angeles cultural institutions, died Dec. 19, in Cleveland, OH, from complications of Parkinson’s disease.  She was 79.

Her firm Stone Associates, founded in 1972, repped clients including IBM, Procter & Gamble, Hallmark, the British Broadcasting Corporation and PBS.

The petite, stylish publicist was often mistaken for actress Polly Bergen. She also personally publicized museum exhibitions, including Treasures of Tutankhamun, Pablo Picasso and The Vatican Collections.   

In Los Angeles, Stone Associates represented the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Bella Lewitzky Dance Company, and aspects of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games.

Her campaigns emphasized the educational value of television and cultural events, making them more accessible to teachers nationwide through a subsidiary company, TelEd. TelEd sent out millions of packages of teaching materials and also created educational Web sites.

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 She is survived by a daughter; a son and five grandchildren.