Diary: If the shoe fits, Rod Steiger’s PR man is willing to tie it

Last week movie legend Rod Steiger was in town to publicise his new video release Shiloh and it was one lucky PR man’s task to help the 72-year-old through his arduous schedule.

Last week movie legend Rod Steiger was in town to publicise his new

video release Shiloh and it was one lucky PR man’s task to help the

72-year-old through his arduous schedule.



Pictured on the right of Steiger, star of On the Waterfront and Dr

Zhivago, is Dave Robinson, account director at Scope Ketchum, whose

client is Warner Home Video.



Robinson tells me that the frantic two-day schedule was not all

glamour.



’I was most often found kneeling down in front of Steiger in a

semi-prostrate position’, Robinson tells me. Fortunately there is an

innocent explanation for this.



Steiger has had a double hip replacement and finds it difficult to tie

his shoe laces so Robinson helped out.



However, the Steiger schedule brought Robinson the usual showbiz

payback.



The visit ended with him being invited by Steiger for an evening at the

theatre to see Dame Edna.



’Rod is a big fan of Barry Humphries. We were invited to his dressing

room where Steiger and Humphries compared notes on the number of wives

they had each had,’ says Robinson. ’I felt quite out of my depth having

not even managed wife number one yet.’ Steiger and Humphries have had

eight between them.



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