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Tony-winning theater publicist Shirley Herz dies

August 11, 2013


NEW YORK -- Shirley Herz, an indefatigable press agent who became as legendary in the New York theater community as the hundreds of shows and stars she represented, has died.

Press agent Kevin P. McAnarney said Herz died Sunday at Mt. Sinai Hospital from complications from a stroke suffered on July 18. She was 87. She had recently undergone brain surgery for a blood clot.

During her almost 65-year theater career, Herz publicized hundreds of Broadway, off-Broadway and off-off Broadway productions, ballet companies, circuses, films, TV shows, art collections, nightclubs and restaurants. Herz was awarded an honorary Tony Award for excellence in the theatre in 2009.

She grew up in Philadelphia and attended the University of Pennsylvania for two years before moving to New York, at first selling watches.

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