February 10, 1915 - May 30, 2014 At 99 years of age Louis Blau, prominent Los Angeles Entertainment Attorney had many memories to look back upon. He attended L.A. High School and later graduated from UCLA. He then worked his way through USC Law School by working at Fox Studios as a night cashier. When World War 2 broke out he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and became a pilot in the 404th Bomb Squadron stationed in the Aleutian Islands. He flew many missions over Japan and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. He was later stationed in Peru as Air Attache and spent many years in South America. He resumed his legal career at the end of the war and had many distinguished clients. Among them were noted directors Stanley Kubrick and French director Francois Truffaut, he was Kubrick's attorney for over 40 years. When the Italian contingent arrived in Hollywood in the 1950's he represented Alida Valli, Valentina Cortese, Rossano Brazzi and Pier Angeli. Among music stars were Donald O'Conner, Mitzi Gaynor and Motown Creator Berry Gordy. Actors included, Walter Matthau, Richard Widmark, Lana Turner, Dan Duryea, Arlene Dahl, Fernando Lamas and Richard Basehart. Among authors were Alex Haley whose book Roots was translated into 40 languages, won a Pulitzer Prize and whose mini series reached a record-breaking 130 million viewers in 1977. He also represented Danielle Steel, Barbara Taylor Bradford, Alvin Toffler, Larry Gelbart and Barnaby Conrad. He was a Senior Partner at Loeb & Loeb for decades until his retirement in the late 1990's. An avid skier and tennis player he was a life long member and former president of the Beverly Hills Tennis Club. A staunch life long Democrat he was a supporter of Presidents Roosevelt, Kennedy, Clinton and Obama. One of his happiest moments was when he read in an LA Times article in 1973 that he was on Richard Nixon's 'Enemies' of the White House list. He believed that with great privilege comes great responsibility and he had many philanthropic endeavors including his alma mater UCLA and the Music Center. He was a loving and dedicated family man and is survived by his wife Evelyne Blau, his daughters and sons in law Gabrielle Kraft & John Humphreys, Eloise & Bruce Tucker and son and daughter in-law Jimmie Wood & Laura Engel and grandchildren Aaron Marking, Hannah & Rachel Wood. Mr. Blau passed away peacefully in his Bel Air home where he and his wife lived for more than 60 years. A Memorial Gathering will be held at the Beverly Hills Tennis Club, 340 N. Maple Drive, Beverly Hills, Ca. on Sat. July 12th at 4pm.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times from June 14 to June 22, 2014