Longtime MGM international publicity director Bill Edwards has died. Edwards passed away at his home in Cape Town, South Africa on Wednesday, Screendaily reports. He was 84. Born in Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, England, Edwards began his film industry career in London in 1952 at the trade paper Kine Weekly. He joined MGM in 1961 as a unit publicist, later becoming the studio’s European publicity director for such films as The V.I.P.s, The Yellow Rolls Royce and The Dirty Dozen. He also collaborated on several films with Sophia Loren including Operation Crossbow, Lady L and The Countess From Hong Kong. Edwards spent three years at MGM Studios in Culver City before moving to London in 1973 as MGM international publicity director. He left the studio in the mid-1980s. Edwards was a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and served as co-chairman of its London Screening Committee from 1989 until 1997.
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