WOODLAND HILLS — William Allen Latham, a veteran publicist whose career spanned more than four decades and several movie studios, has died. He was 77.
Latham died Tuesday at the Motion Picture & Television Fund Hospital after a lengthy illness, according to a statement issued by the home.
A native of Duenweg, Mo., Latham worked for Paramount, Warner Bros. and Walt Disney Studios, where he began his career as a multi-plane camera operator in the early 1940s. The complex camera setup was once used to give the illusion of depth to moving shots in animation.
After working on several training films during World War II, Latham began his publicity career. His clients included Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, Angie Dickinson and John Wayne. His film projects included "Giant," "My Fair Lady" and "Portnoy's Complaint."