Tuesday, September 08, 2009
R.I.P., Army Archerd
(Photo: Janice L. Sugarman)
Think about the career longevity of Army Archerd, who passed away on Tuesday at 87.
Army spent more than 50 years at Variety, spanning several generations of Hollywood. A lot of us cover Hollywood -- but none of us will ever have the career that Army had at Variety.
The stars changed, the pictures changed, the whole industry evolved -- yet there, until nearly the end, was Army, chronicling it all daily in his "Just for Variety" column. Army was the go-to guy for premieres. He hosted the Academy Awards red carpet. He did several talk shows in the early days of TV. He even helped found the People's Choice Awards. The photos on Army's wall were astounding -- shots of him next to legends like Marilyn Monroe.
Even after his column ended, Army continued to come to work, launching a blog for Variety's website. I sat close to Army's office until recently; one of my big Variety thrills was getting our wedding mentioned in a 2002 Army column (see it here).
Read more about Army's legacy here.