Freddie Ross Hancock, British Publicist, Dies at 92

Freddie Ross Hancock, British Publicist, Dies at 92

Freddie Ross Hancock, a British marketing consultant and publicist, who represented Sophia Loren Benny Hill Theodore Bike and Jim Dale and helped bring New York’s British Academy of Film and Television Arts, has passed away. She was 92.

Ross Hancock, a friend and former Warner Bros. executive Luke Fontneau reported that she died Sunday at her Manhattan home.

Tony Hancock, a popular English actor and comedian, was another client. They began a romantic relationship in 1957 while he was married and wed in December 1965, but soon after she filed for divorce, he died by suicide in 1968 at age 44.

After Hancock’s passing, she moved to the U.S. where she worked as an acquisitions executive at American Video Films, was vice chairman of American Television Society’s U.S. wing, and consulted for companies like Miramax.

She was honored as a Member of the British Empire in 2002.

Born Freda Ross on April 7, 1930, she started out in PR with the Holland America cruise line before segueing to show business. Her early clients included Terry Scott, Hugh Lloyd, and Sheila Hancock.

Before starting her own company, Ross Hancock worked as a consultant for Universal Pictures’ U.K. division. She advised Shelley Winters and Rock Hudson , as well as Piper Laurie. In 1969, she co-wrote Hancock, a book about her husband, who had battled alcohol abuse.

Ross Hancock organized the 80th birthday party for Masterpiece Theatre legend Alistair Cooke in New York in November 1988, getting Leonard Bernstein to perform and then-president Ronald Reagan to send a video greeting.

She helped give BAFTA a greater international profile with its New York launch at the Carlyle in 1995.

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