Jay Bernstein

Jay Bernstein (June 7, 1937 – April 30, 2006) was an American producer and manager to actors, such as Sammy Davis Jr. and Michael Landon, and to actresses, such as Farrah Fawcett and Suzanne Somers.

Jay Bernstein
Born(1937-06-07)June 7, 1937
DiedApril 30, 2006(2006-04-30) (aged 68)
OccupationTelevision and Film Producer, Publicist
Partner(s)Cabrina Finn (1993-1995),[1] Emrie Brooke Foster (1998), Simona Fusco (1998-2006)


Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Bernstein moved to California after graduating from Pomona College. He worked in the mail room of the William Morris Agency before working for Rogers & Cowan, the industry's largest PR company, founded by Henry Rogers and Warren Cowan. Bernstein founded his own agency in 1962 and later produced the television series Bring 'Em Back Alive, Mike Hammer, and Houston Knights. He also produced several television movies and the film Nothing Personal (1980) starring Suzanne Somers. In 2005,Bernstein had obtained the rights from the City of Los Angeles to produce a brand new prime time TV series entitled Public Defender, based on the true criminal cases from the Los Angeles Public Defender's office from years past.[2]

Personal life

Bernstein also discovered the 21-year-old European model-turned-actress and entrepreneur Simona Fusco.[3][4]


On Sunday, April 30, 2006, Bernstein died at age 68 after suffering a stroke.[5][6] He was survived by his only child, Amber Bernstein.[7][8][9][10][11][12]

Additional information


  1. "Jay Bernstein Biography". TCM. November 15, 2017. Retrieved May 5, 2006.
  2. McLellan, Dennis (May 6, 2006). "Jay Bernstein, 68; manager launched Hollywood stars to fame". boston.com. Retrieved May 10, 2009.
  3. "Simona Fusco". IMDb. Retrieved November 14, 2017.
  4. "Award-Winning Entrepreneur, Producer, Actress." Maria Gruber Foundation. Retrieved November 14, 2017.
  5. Sapperstein, Pat (May 1, 2006). "Veteran PR man dies". variety.com. Retrieved May 10, 2009.
  6. McLellan, Dennis (May 3, 2006). "Jay Bernstein, 68; `Star Maker' for Farrah Fawcett and Suzanne Somers". L.A. Times. Retrieved November 15, 2017.
  7. Maddison, Jacqueline (June 4, 2016). "Beauty, Business, and Blonde: Simona Fusco". BeverlyHillsMagazine.com. Retrieved November 14, 2017.
  8. "What a Beautiful Girl Wants: Amber Bernstein". Maxim. October 13, 2017. Retrieved November 14, 2017.
  9. "Simona Fusco and Jay Bernstein Photos". Zimbio. December 10, 2005. Retrieved November 14, 2017.
  10. "Jay Bernstein and Simona Fusco during 2006 US Weekly Hot Hollywood Awards - Arrivals at Republic Restaurant & Lounge in Los Angeles, California, United States". Getty Images. April 27, 2006. Retrieved November 14, 2017.
  11. "Amber is not a novice to the entertainment business. Her dad was the late producer, Jay Bernstein..." Icon Magazine. September 2016. Retrieved November 14, 2017.
  12. "BLONDED AND BONDED". New York Daily News. October 20, 1998. Retrieved November 14, 2017.

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