Farewell My Dear Friend Murray. I’ll be missing you

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Farewell my dear friend Murray. I’ll be missing you.

“This is my baby. This is when it all started. This is my pride and joy, my first Oscar win in 1974.”

Meet Murray Weissman, one of the earliest Oscar consultants, who on this day is proudly showing off a blow-up photo on the wall of his North Hollywood publicity agency commemorating that day almost 40 years ago when, as executive in charge of the motion picture press department at Universal Pictures, he reveled in the seven Academy Awards won by “The Sting,” George Roy Hill’s wry tale of Depression-era con men starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford.

Weissman was so happy following the hard-fought victory over the other nominees, including “The Exorcist,” that he rushed to costume designer Edith Head’s bungalow on the lot the next day and asked to borrow seven of her personal Oscar statuettes so he could pose for a photo that also featured him holding the front page of the old Los Angeles Herald-Examiner with its headline trumpeting the victory — Universal’s first best picture since 1930’s “All Quiet on the Western Front.” as per Robert Welkos at Los Angeles Times.

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Murray,

I want you to know that you have been a big part of the Hollywood Film Awards. Your availability at all times, your unwavering support and your Hollywood teachings were all INVALUABLE to keep on going. A million thanks.

Carlos and Janice

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