April 21, 2002 |
In his more than 60 years as an agent, Phil Gersh has had a host of famous clients, among them David Niven, Fredric March, Mary Astor, Lee J. Cobb, Gloria Grahame, Dorothy McGuire, Zero Mostel and James Mason. But the agent is perhaps best known for his handling of Humphrey Bogart in the 1950s, an association that led to some of the actor's most memorable screen roles.
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October 11, 2011 |
Beatrice Gersh, a distinguished art collector and patron of the arts in Los Angeles for more than half a century who played a significant role in the founding of the Museum of Contemporary Art, has died. She was 87. Gersh, the widow of Hollywood talent agent Phil Gersh, died Sunday of natural causes at her home in Los Angeles, said a family spokeswoman. Gersh and her husband, who died in 2004, began collecting art in the 1950s and were among the first collectors of modern and contemporary art in Los Angeles.
May 5, 2002
If client longevity is a testament to what makes a great agent, you might wish to note that Phil Gersh brokered the versatile Robert Wise's deals from when Wise edited "Citizen Kane" (1941) to the director-producer's final picture, "A Storm in Summer" (2000)--a Hollywood record unlikely to be surpassed ("A Player Then and Now," by Charles Dennis, April 21). THOM TAYLOR Los Angeles Let me get this straight: According to Phil Gersh, God took agent Bert Allenberg in order to punish David Niven for dumping Phil Gersh.
October 19, 1995 |
Beverly Hills is getting artier and artier. Last month, the PaceWildenstein gallery arrived in town. On Tuesday night, it was the opening--or rather the return of--the Gagosian Gallery. Principal Larry Gagosian had closed the doors on his L.A. contemporary art gallery 10 years ago and moved to New York. He marked his return to an airy, Richard Meier-designed space on Camden Drive with a two-tiered bash--700 for cocktails in the gallery, 210 for dinner at Mr. Chow.
September 30, 1994 |
Philosophy was much in evidence at a luncheon Wednesday at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel as the Museum of Contemporary Art gave its first "Distinguished Women in the Arts" award to Beatrice Gersh. On the award was inscribed: "It is in your own self-interest to find a way to be very tender."
September 11, 1996 |
Never mind that Mayor Richard Riordan graduated from Princeton ('52). When UCLA's biggest guns prevailed upon him to loan his glorious Brentwood estate (think Hotel Bel-Air and squint and you have an idea) for one evening, he was all Bruin. Though there was a lofty purpose to Sunday's party--the inauguration of the UCLA Humanities Consortium, which will integrate three of the university's major research centers--there was no question that Riordan's home was a major draw.