Veteran Publicist Who Managed Jack Benny and George Burns Dies at 101

Aug 13, 2012  •  Post A Comment

A veteran studio publicist who worked as the manager for Jack Benny and later George Burns has died, reports Deadline.com. Irving Fein was 101.

Fein started in show business after graduating with a law degree and opting to work in the Warner Bros. mailroom, giving up a job in the WB legal department, the story says. He went on to work in publicity at Warner Bros., Columbia Pictures and MGM, then in 1947 started as Jack Benny’s publicity and advertising director before becoming his manager.

Fein accepted an executive role at CBS in 1956, but returned to Hollywood after less than a year to work as president of J&M Productions, which produced Benny’s television show and a few other programs, according to the story.

When Benny’s weekly show ended in 1965, Fein continued to executive produce his annual specials on NBC.

Fein started working with George Burns toward the end of Benny’s life, and became Burns’ manager after Burns’ wife, Gracie Allen, died, the piece adds. Fein worked with Burns until his death in 1996.

Here’s an interview clip featuring Fein talking about the "Jack Benny Show":

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