Lee Solters, PR rep was 90

Solters at various times represented Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Michael Jackson and other celebrity clients, says Nikki Finke. She reports that Solters died in his sleep at home, and gets personal:

I felt privileged to know him well. When I first arrived in Los Angeles as a Newsweek correspondent, Lee took me to lunch at the Polo Lounge and entranced me with hilarious insider stories. (Among other things, he claimed that he had pre-arranged for those bobby-soxer girls to faint for "Frankie".) Over the years, he never ran out of stories, and I always made time to hear them.

Best of all, he came from a PR tradition that journalists were to be treated with respect -- unlike too many of today's flacks who manhandle even serious reporters like they're scandal-mongers -- and he passed that along to his two children who are PR powerhouses in thir own right: Larry Solters and Susan Reynolds.

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