British publicist and advertising and marketing marketing consultant Freddie Ross Hancock, whose purchasers included Sophia Loren, Julie Andrews and Benny Hill, and helped carry the British Academy of Movie and Tv Arts to New York, has died within the metropolis on the age of 92.
Born Freda Ross in 1930 in North London, she realized the general public relations enterprise working for the Holland America cruise line for 2 years, after which she joined the Common Movie Company of America as assistant head of publicity within the U.Okay.
Within the early Nineteen Fifties she arrange her personal publicity agency, Freda Ross Associates, representing performers resembling Benny Hill, Dick Emery, Bob Monkhouse, Terry Scott and Hugh Lloyd. She met comic and actor Tony Hancock in 1954 when she was 24, and persuaded him to take her on as his publicist.
In 1959 Ross and Hancock started an affair, though he was married, however they lived collectively brazenly from 1963, and married in December 1965. The subsequent yr he left her for Joan Le Mesurier, the spouse of his pal, the actor John Le Mesurier.
In 1968 she filed for divorce on grounds of adultery. Three days after she was granted the decree nisi, Hancock killed himself.
In 1969, she wrote a biography of Hancock with the journalist David Nathan.
Freddie Hancock later moved to New York, the place she turned a advertising and marketing marketing consultant within the leisure business. She labored as an acquisitions government for American Video Movies, and consulted for firms together with Miramax.
She was the founder and vice-chairman of BAFTA East Coast, and was appointed vice-chairman of the U.S. arm of the Royal Tv Society.
She organized the eightieth birthday celebration for British broadcaster Alistair Cooke in New York in November 1988, getting Leonard Bernstein to carry out and then-president Ronald Reagan to ship a video greeting.
She was made a Member of the British Empire in 2002 for fostering Anglo-American cultural hyperlinks.