Entertainment attorney Louis C. Blau, who repped such distinguished filmmakers as Stanley Kubrick and Francois Truffaut, died Friday. He was 99. His clients included such showbiz names as Walter Matthau, Lana Turner, Fernando Lamas, Richard Widmark, Dan Duryea, Arlene Dahl, Richard Basehart as well as such 1950s Italian cinema personalities as Alida Valli, Valentina Cortese, Rossano Brazzi and Pier Angeli. His music clients included Motown founder Berry Gordy, Donald O’Connor and Mitzi Gaynor. Blau was a senior partner at Loeb & Loeb for decades until his retirement in the late 1990s. He also worked with such notable authors as Pulitzer Prize winner Alex Haley, Danielle Steel, Barbara Taylor Bradford, Alvin Toffler, Larry Gelbart and Barnaby Conrad. Born in 1915, Blau attended Los Angeles High School, ultimately working through USC Law School by moonlighting at Fox Studios as a cashier. When World War II broke out, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and became a pilot in the 404th Bomb Squadron stationed in the Aleutian Islands. He flew many missions over Japan and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. Blau later was stationed in Peru as air attache and spent many years in South America. A lifelong staunch Democrat, Blau was a supporter of Presidents Roosevelt, Kennedy, Clinton and Obama. One of Blau’s happiest moments was when he read in a Los Angeles Times article in 1973 that he was on Richard Nixon’s “Enemies” of the White House list.
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