Variety gossip Army Archerd has died at 87

posted 2009-09-09 13:29:36 by MIKE

LOS ANGELES - Army Archerd, who kept tabs on various Hollywood doings for more than a half-century for Daily Variety, has died. Archerd was 87, his spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Archerd, known for ferreting out the truth in rumors, got his biggest scoop in 1985 when he was the first to report that leading man Rock Hudson had AIDS.

It was the first time a major Hollywood star was disclosed to have AIDS, and it helped break down some of the secrecy surrounding the disease.

Archerd - born Armand Archerd in New York in 1922 - also broke the story that Julia Roberts had jilted fiancé Kiefer Sutherland in 1991 and that longtime bachelor Warren Beatty had married Annette Bening in 1992.

His source for the Beatty-Bening story was Beatty himself.

For more than 50 years, Archerd also served as the greeter-interviewer at the Academy Awards.

"I try to give the nominees a little moment in the sun, maybe their last," he explained in 2002.

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