Bob Thomas (reporter)
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Bob Thomas
Robert Joseph Thomas

(1922-01-26)January 26, 1922
DiedMarch 14, 2014(2014-03-14) (aged 92)
Encino, California, U.S.
OccupationBiographer, reporter
Patricia (m. 1947-2014; his death)

Robert Joseph Thomas (January 26, 1922 - March 14, 2014) was an American Hollywood film industry biographer and reporter who worked for the Associated Press from 1944.

As of 2014, he was twice listed in the Guinness World Records, for the longest career as a reporter, and for the most consecutive Academy Awards shows covered by an entertainment reporter.[1]

Personal life

Born in San Diego in 1922,[2] he grew up in Los Angeles, where his father was a film publicist. He attended UCLA. He lived in Encino with his wife, Patricia. They had three daughters.[3] Thomas, aged 92, died on March 14, 2014 at his home.[1]

Writing career

Thomas made his mark by engaging celebrities in activities that brought out their personalities, whether by measuring their waistlines after childbirth (as he did with Betty Grable) or testing just how tall a leading lady needed to be by kissing her himself (as he did with June Haver). Acclaimed as the dean of Hollywood reporters, Bob Thomas had been writing about the movie business for the Associated Press since the days when Hollywood was run by the men who founded it: Jack L. Warner, Darryl F. Zanuck, Harry Cohn, and Louis B. Mayer. [4]

During his long history of reporting for the AP, Thomas authored at least 30 books. Many in the film industry credit his 1969 biography of producer Irving G. Thalberg as sparking their interest in pursuing a career behind the scenes. The subjects of other Thomas biographies include Liberace, Joan Crawford, Marlon Brando, David O. Selznick, Walter Winchell, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Howard Hughes, Abbott and Costello, and Walt Disney.[3]

His biographies on Howard Hughes[5] and Abbott & Costello[6] have been made into television movies.[3]


For contributions to the motion picture industry, Thomas received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (the first author-reporter to be given this honour[1]), which was paid for by his friends in advance and placed at 6879 Hollywood Boulevard.[7] In 2009, in recognition of over 60 years of covering the entertainment business for the Associated Press, the Publicists Guild awarded him its Lifetime Achievement Award.[8]



  1. ^ a b c Rogers, John (March 14, 2014). "Bob Thomas, dean of Hollywood reporters, dies". Archived from the original on March 14, 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ "California Births, 1905 - 1995".
  3. ^ a b c d e Thomas, Bob (1978). Joan Crawford: A Biography. New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-671-24033-1. (author notes from end jacket cover)
  4. ^ Hollywood Walk of Fame
  5. ^ "The Amazing Howard Hughes (1977 TV movie)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2009.
  6. ^ "Bud and Lou (1978 TV movie)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2009.
  7. ^ "Bob Thomas; Hollywood Walk of Fame".
  8. ^ Cohen, Sandy (February 19, 2009). "AP's Bob Thomas wins lifetime achievement award". The Times Herald, Associated Press. Retrieved 2017.
  9. ^ Bob Thomas's The Art of Animation|Cartoon Brew
  10. ^ The Story of Disney's "The Art of Animation"|Cartoon Research


  • Bob Thomas, Los Angeles Times, Steve Proffitt, March 21, 1999

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