Shirley Eder, 85, an entertainment columnist who covered Hollywood from Detroit for more than 40 years, died Saturday in her hometown of New York from complications of Alzheimer's disease, her family announced.
Eder was unabashedly positive about movie stars and scored coveted interviews with Brigitte Bardot, Bob Dylan and, as a favor to her friend Joan Crawford, a 22-year-old director named Steven Spielberg.
From the 1960s until 1993, she wrote a syndicated column for the Detroit Free Press. Quotes from her columns were often featured in ads for movies that critics panned.
"Every time they put my name in an ad, the movie fails," Eder said with a chuckle to The Times in a 1987 story on press junkets.