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Joan Luther dies at 83; longtime Los Angeles restaurant publicist
Joan Luther dies at 83; longtime Los Angeles restaurant publicist

Joan Luther, a longtime restaurant publicist who began her career at the Brown Derby and Hollywood Park in the late 1940s and helped promote nearly every major chef in Los Angeles, died Monday at her Beverly Hills home after a series of strokes, according to her assistant. She was 83. "She was a legend," said chef Alain Giraud, who worked with Luther when he was at Bastide, the erstwhile West Hollywood restaurant that was owned by commercial director Joe Pytka. "She knew everybody in town. She had something more than just connecting press with restaurants. She understood the business. She understood the vibe of L.A." Luther was born Joan Batz on Feb. 9, 1928, in Los...

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