- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 13, 2006

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ingo Preminger, a literary agent, producer of the film “MASH” and brother of the late filmmaker Otto Preminger, died June 7 at his home in Pacific Palisades. He was 95.

Mr. Preminger began his career as a lawyer in Vienna, Austria, but fled Nazism with his family in 1938 and moved to New York, where he owned a paint supply business. The family moved to Los Angeles in 1947 and he began a career in the entertainment business.

He opened his own talent agency in 1948 and later represented leading writers who were blacklisted during the McCarthy era, including Ring Lardner Jr. and Dalton Trumbo. He helped them skirt studio restrictions by getting other writers to agree to take credit for their work.

Mr. Lardner sent Mr. Preminger a copy of the book “MASH.” Mr. Preminger took it to Richard Zanuck, head of production at 20th Century Fox, who agreed to turn it into a movie and brought on Mr. Preminger as producer.

The 1970 film, directed by Robert Altman, won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, a Golden Globe for best musical or comedy and was nominated for an Academy Award for best picture.

Mr. Preminger also produced 1972’s “The Salzburg Connection.” He retired from the film business in the late 1970s.

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