Lois Smith, a veteran New York-based publicist whose client list was a Who’s Who of the A-list including Marilyn Monroe, Martin Scorsese, Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, Warren Beatty, Whitney Houston, and Liza Minelli, died on Sunday. Smith had been visiting the Maine campus of Hebron Academy when she accidentally tripped and fell on Saturday evening, suffering a brain hemorrhage. She was 85.
In 1969, Smith started Pickwick Public Relations — an agency that would later evolve into the Hollywood powerhouse firm PMK. For many entertainment journalists, it was impossible to have not crossed paths on many occasions with Smith. She was known to be as protective of her clients as a mother hen, but she was always fair, passionate about movies, and more often than not armed with an off-the-record joke.