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Bob Hawkins, Longtime Variety Journalist in Italy, Dies at 93

Bob Hawkins, who spent more than 50 years at Variety, writing film reviews, covering film festivals, and oversreeing Variety‘s Rome office, died Oct. 14 in Rome. He was 93.

Hawkins was one of the first photographers to cover the Cannes Film Festival. He explained in the Variety book “Cannes: Fifty Years of Sun, Sex & Celluloid” that there were just a handful of paparazzi in the 1950s, although the term had yet to be invented by his friend Federico Fellini. The photographers rotated exclusives among themselves, and Hawkins remembered the time Grace Kelly s…

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