Joe Hyams 1923 - 2008

Steve McQueen & Joe Hyams

Joe Hyams, a former Hollywood columnist and bestselling author of books ranging from biographies of Humphrey Bogart and James Dean to a popular tome on Eastern philosophy, has died. A former West Coast bureau chief for the New York Herald Tribune who once was married to actress Elke Sommer, Joe Hyams covered Hollywood as a syndicated columnist from 1951 to 1964. He then continued chronicling Hollywood for the Saturday Evening Post, Ladies' Home Journal, Redbook and other magazines for several more years.

Joe Hyams & ex-wife Elke Sommer

He was 85. Joe Hyams, a longtime Los Angeles resident who moved to Penrose, Colo., three years ago, died of coronary artery disease Saturday at a Denver hospital, said his wife of 14 years, Melissa. A long time friend Peter "Lulle" Johansson of Joe Hyams wife Melissa shares the sad news of Joe Hyams passing from Stockholm in Sweden. We had very nice memories together, many, many years ago, he tells. Joe and Melissa where married 14 years.

Eli Wallach & Joe Hyams & Yul Brynner

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