Army Archerd

As the "Town Crier of Hollywood," Army Archerd made two simple requests of the celebrities he covered: "Give me a call" and "Don't let me read about it." Archerd, who died Sept. 8 at 87, spent more than half a century chronicling the industry's élite for Daily Variety. He interviewed Humphrey Bogart on his deathbed, Marilyn Monroe (below, with Archerd) in her dressing room, Charlie Chaplin in the director's chair and nearly every other star in Tinseltown. For nearly 50 years, he also served as the official greeter at the Academy Awards--a role that helped earn him a star on the...

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