LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Longtime Associated Press entertainment writer Bob
Thomas died at his Encino home today. He was 92.
Thomas covered 66 Oscar ceremonies and reported on generations of stars -
- from Clark Gable to Tom Cruise, according to the Associated Press, which
described him as a last link to Hollywood’s studio age before his 2010
retirement after a career of nearly 70 years.
Thomas died of age-related illnesses at his home in Encino, his
daughter, Janet Thomas, told the AP.
He wrote nearly three dozen books, including biographies of Howard
Hughes and Marlon Brando and was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records
for most consecutive Academy Awards shows covered by an entertainment reporter
and for longest career as an entertainment reporter.
The son of a newspaper editor who became a Hollywood press agent, Thomas
joined the AP in Los Angeles in 1943. Years later, it was Thomas who filed
AP’s bulletin that Robert F. Kennedy had been shot at the Ambassador Hotel.
Thomas is survived by his wife of 67 years, three daughters and three
grandchildren. Funeral plans were not immediately announced.