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William Kidston Dead: Emmy-Winning Photographer Was 68

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William Kidston, a three-time Emmy-winning photographer who worked in Hollywood for decades, died March 22 of prostate cancer at his home in Denver, publicist Roger Neal announced. He was 68.

“He was a staple on many red carpets, beloved by publicists and stars alike,” Neal said. “He was always there when you needed him; you could always count on William.”

Known around town for his trademark eye patch, Kidston shot photo campaigns for the annual Hollywood Christmas Parade and covered the Oscars, the Grammy Awards and the Daytime Emmys during his career.

He spent the past six years as the staff photographer for the Hollywood Museum, located inside the historic Max Factor Building on Highland Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard.

Kidston grew up in Azusa and West Covina in California and graduated from Cal State University Long Beach in 1980. He received his regional Emmys for his work on the program L.A. CityView 35.

As a volunteer, Kidston ran video cameras for his church in Los Angeles, gave considerable time to nonprofits and was a champion for the disabled community.

A private memorial honoring him will take place April 21 at the Johnny Grant Ballroom inside the Hollywood Museum.

Survivors include his daughter, Juliette, and brothers David and Keith.

“The two most important days in your life are the day you’re born and the day you find out why,” he often said.

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