August 28, 1996 |
Words of wisdom to potential assistants from those who've been there: * Wear the Wonderbra. * Steal the screening passes. * Learn to weasel off your boss' reputation to get things. * All the stories you hear are true. * Yes, there are 10 people who would take your job. Yes, you could be replaced in an instant. * Talk to the prior assistant. See if she/he's gone on to a good job or long-term therapy. * Don't take the job if you're older than 25.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 2006 |
The former personal assistant to record producer Phil Spector has sued him for sexual harassment and breach of contract. Spector, who is facing trial on murder charges in the 2003 shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson, had sued his assistant, Michelle Blaine, alleging that she siphoned hundreds of thousands of dollars from his accounts. Last week Blaine countersued, alleging that Spector had authorized all payments to her, including the gift of a house.
August 28, 1996 |
In Los Angeles there are two stellar reduction techniques, one for the body, the other for the mind. If you're fat, there's UCLA's Obesity Center, where they'll hand you a prescription for fen-phen. For those with overweight egos, there's a job as a Hollywood assistant, where they'll hand you your head if you can't find a phone number immediately, have the walnut gearshift knob for the Ferrari delivered instantly, and the dry-cleaning back quicker than an agent can flick a Rolodex.
December 10, 1997 |
Amaryllis Knight and Tim Walcott love the holidays. They love the lights and boughs around the house, the thoughtful gifts and chatty cards for friends and relatives, the parties and dinners. The problem is, they just don't have time to do any of it themselves. An entrepreneur, she typically wakes up to the sound of faxes coming into her home office. He comes home exhausted from days as a sales director. So this year, the Sherman Oaks couple has hired someone else to do it for them.
February 19, 1995 |
'Hot, young, gifted, undiscovered writer from NYC," read the ad in Daily Variety's Situations Wanted classifieds. "Type 65 WPM. Organizational wizard. Never heard of 'sexual harassment.' If you are a successful filmmaker, I want to be your assistant." Pamela Francis, a 27-year-old New Yorker transplanted to L.A., placed this ad because, she says, "one of the swiftest ways to climb up (in the industry) is to be an assistant."
December 3, 1997 |
A state appeals court has ordered Irvine heiress Joan Irvine Smith to pay $464,000 to an employee who was trampled by Smith's horse. But the court reserved its most powerful blows for Smith's attorneys, calling them "welshing lawyers" for attempting to renege on an agreement to settle the matter out of court.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 2009 |
A 37-year-old woman is being held on suspicion of embezzling more than $850,000 from her employer, authorities said Thursday. Angela Phillips, a personal assistant for a man who is connected to Windsor Capital Group, allegedly deposited checks into a phony account and used company credit cards to fraudulently ring up purchases, said Drew Sugars, spokesman for the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department. She is being held in Santa Barbara Jail in lieu of $850,000 bail. -- -- Catherine Saillant
March 19, 2006 |
In Hollywood, you're nobody till somebody listens in. Forget the allegations of illegal celebrity wiretaps gone wild. In the trenches where the deals go down, it can fairly be assumed that any time an agent is on the phone with, say, a studio executive, four people, not two, will be on the line -- the agent, the exec, the agent's assistant and the exec's assistant. Anyone who expects a conversation to be private is either not paying attention or is hopelessly naive.
August 26, 2001 |
Marc Hernandez isn't a name you would recognize in a roster of important people in Hollywood, but he's probably one of the most connected guys in town. His connections don't come from being a studio executive or the son of an industry giant or a producer of a major motion picture--they came from being an assistant. With a collection of at least 6,600 industry e-mail buddies, not much happens in this company town that he doesn't know about.