Hollywood lost one of its most respected trial lawyers when Bert Fields died Aug 7 at age 93. Looking back on his six-decade legal career — including taking on Disney to get Jeffrey Katzenberg nine figures, helping actor Edward G. Robinson sneak a Degas painting out of his house in the middle of the night, and representing the most famous and most notorious people in entertainment – it’s hard to imagine Fields doing anything else.
But after the death of his second wife in the mid-’80s, he almost turned to running the production in a studio. “I was sad at the time and friends who had a studio thought a change would be good for me,” he said THR in 2019 in an extensive interview for his profile “Power Lawyers: Legal Legends”. “I thought long and hard, but I had too much fun as a lawyer. I probably would have been a crappy studio head.”
This story first appeared in the August 17 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Click here to subscribe.