Harry M Miller, celebrity agent, producer and publicist, has died peacefully at the age of 84.
New Zealand born Miller came to Australia in the early 1960s. He brought acts like Judy Garland, The Rolling Stones and The Beach Boys to Australia. He also produced the first Australian production of the legendary ’60s musical Hair, introducing a 16-year-old Marcia Hines to Australia and also launching the career of John Waters. He also brought the musical Jesus Christ Superstar to Australia, featuring Hines, Jon English and Trevor White. Twenty years later he revived the same show in an arena setting starring Kate Ceberano, Jon Stevens and John Farnham.
He was the prolific celebrity agent, managing the careers of some of Australia’s highest profile talent including Graham Kennedy, Barry Humphries, Maggie Tabberer and, at the other end of the scale, Big Brother contestants.
Kennedy’s association with Miller came to an abrupt end after 20 years in 1989, with Kennedy famously firing him by fax. Miller took Kennedy to court, and lost.
Miller was married three times and had a long term relationship with model turned TV presenter Deborah Hutton.
Miller retired in 2009 amid failing health and was diagnosed with dementia in 2011.
Harry M Miller is survived by five children and his partner Simmone Logue.