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Bob Thomas, dean of Hollywood reporters, dies

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Friday, March 14, 2014 - 8:49 am

LOS ANGELES — Bob Thomas, the longtime Associated Press reporter who kept the world informed on the comings and goings of Hollywood's biggest stars, from Clark Gable to Tom Cruise, died Friday. He was 92.

Thomas died of age-related illnesses at his Encino, Calif., home, his daughter Janet Thomas said.

Widely regarded as the dean of Hollywood correspondents and a last link to the studio era, Thomas worked well into his 80s, covering a record 66 consecutive Academy Awards shows, beginning in 1944.

During his nearly seven decades writing for the AP, Thomas also wrote numerous Hollywood biographies, reviewed hundreds of films and television shows and compiled countless celebrity obituaries.