Funeral services will be held Thursday for longtime Hollywood publicist Henri Bollinger, whose six-decade career saw him represent stars such as Bob Barker, Gerald McRaney and Shirley Jones and work publicity campaigns for films such as “Nightmare on Elm Street.”
Bollinger, 89, died Monday due to complications of surgery. He was living at the Motion Picture and Television Fund campus in Woodland Hills.
“Henri was beloved by everyone he came into contact with,” said Steven Poster, president of the International Cinematographers Guild, which represents publicists. “He was a loyal and true member to our union. Henri helped everybody just by being Henri. I know many of us will feel we lost not just a friend but a gentleman we considered family.”
Bollinger worked for more than 50 years for the union’s Publicists Awards Committee, which organizes the annual ICG Publicists Awards Luncheon. He chaired the committed for 37 years, retiring earlier this year.
“Nothing but respect, admiration and thanks to Henri and for the dedication he devoted to our profession,” said Tim Menke, who succeeded Bollinger as chair of the Publicists Awards Committee. “He was a mensch among publicists. I will miss my friend and mentor.”
Bollinger, who ran his own PR agency for 50 years, also served five terms as president of the Publicists Guild of America; was the president and founding member of the Entertainment Publicists Professional Society, served on the Foreign Film Committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and chaired the Communications Committee of the Hollywood Entertainment Museum.
Bollinger’s publicity credits included campaigns for films and TV shows such as “The People Under the Stairs,” “Friday the 13th,” “The Price is Right,” “Simon & Simon,” “Major Dad” and “The Ernie Kovacs Show.”
He is survived by his wife Sandy and their three children, Jennifer Goosenberg, Jeffrey Bollinger and Jeremy Bollinger; and four grandchildren, Jerry and Shawn Goosenberg and Emma and Isabel Bollinger.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Groman Eden Memorial Park, 11500 Sepulveda Blvd. in Mission Hills.
Contributions in his name can be made to Valley Beth Shalom Synagogue, 15739 Ventura Blvd, Encino, CA, 91436; and The Motion Picture Television Fund, 23388 Mulholland Drive, Woodland Hills, CA, 91364.