Anthony P. Browne | Interior designer, 70

Posted: October 29, 2012

Anthony P. Browne, 70, a onetime rock-and-roll manager turned interior designer whose star clientele included media magnate Oprah Winfrey, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Washington socialites Pamela Harriman and Evangeline Bruce, died Oct. 13 at the Capital Caring hospice in Washington..

He had a tumor near the optic nerve, said a friend, David Helfrich.

Helfrich said Winfrey visited Mr. Browne on the day he died. Mr. Browne's career received a huge boost after the talk-show host praised his work in a national magazine.

"Anthony is a master at putting colors together," she told Architectural Digest in 2003. "When he's finished, the whole room rises up to meet you."

For years, she had saved a magazine photo of a room Mr. Browne had decorated in Baltimore before requesting his services in spiffing up her Indiana "farmhouse" - a six-bedroom, Loire-style estate. He also helped furnish her home in Santa Barbara, Calif.

Before he found his calling in design, Mr. Brown, who was born in England, was the personal assistant to Robert Stigwood, manager of such British rock groups as Cream, and business partner of former Beatles manager Brian Epstein. For a period, Mr. Browne was world tour manager of the Bee Gees.

- Washington Post

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