Longtime producer, publicist and father of two high-ranking entertainment industry executives Edward Harbert II died of natural causes Sunday in Los Angeles. He was 88. Harbert, father of NBC Broadcasting Chairman Ted Harbert and CAA agent Chris Harbert, had a long career that ranged from handling publicity for MGM films starring Elizabeth Taylor and others, producing talent segments for The Tonight Show in its early years and as executive producer of the New York Times’ NYT Productions. He also served stints at the Kenyon & Eckhardt advertising agency and was a producer for Professional Gold Association broadcasts throughout the ’70s. His burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetary in Los Angeles.
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