Rupert Allan, whose multifaceted career included stints as Marilyn Monroe's press agent and as consul general for the principality of Monaco, has died.
A spokeswoman for the public relations firm of Stone/Hallinan Associates, where he was a director, said Allan was 78 when he died in his sleep at his Beverly Hills home of the complications of age.
One of this city's best-known publicists, Allan had been a naval intelligence officer, journalist, magazine editor and Rhodes Scholar.
He was a student at Washington University in St. Louis when his Rhodes Scholarship took him to Oxford. He returned to review books and write for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch before wartime service with the State Department as a political affairs officer.
He came to California as assistant director of public relations for Universal-International studios, went to Paris as a representative of the Motion Picture Assn. of America and then accepted a job as West Coast editor for Look magazine.