Showbiz writer Braun dies at 86

Patrick Newley

Eric Braun, one of Britain’s most famous showbiz writers, has died at the age of 86.

He began his career as a an assistant film director in the 1940s and went on to write bestselling biographies of Doris Day, Elvis Presley and Deborah Kerr. He also co-authored three books with the actress and comedienne Beryl Reid.

In 1945 he became an assistant director to the film producer Gabriel Pascal at Denham Studios and later he worked on David Lean’s classic 1946 film Great Expectations.

He went on to become one of the West End’s leading theatrical publicists representing stars such as Peter Sellers, Michael Denison and Dulcie Gray, and the pop star Ruby Murray.

As a showbiz writer he interviewed many leading Hollywood stars including Marlene Dietrich, Joan Crawford, Veronica Lake and Joan Bennett.

He contributed to many leading publications including The Stage. Ill health forced Braun to give up his Twickenham home in 2003 and he became resident at Brinsworth House, the Entertainment Artistes Benevolent Home in Middlesex, where he died yesterday.

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