September 19, 2013 |
The late Hollywood talent agent Sue Mengers will rise again in Los Angeles when Bette Midler reprises her recent Broadway starring role in "I'll Eat You Last" at the Geffen Playhouse. The production is scheduled to run for three weeks at the Geffen with an opening set for Dec. 5. "I'll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers," written by the prolific John Logan, is a solo show in which Midler incarnates the colorful Hollywood agent as she holds court in her Beverly Hills home. Mengers, who died in 2011, was an agent to some of the biggest movie stars of the 1970s, including Barbra Streisand, Steve McQueen, Ali MacGraw and Faye Dunaway. The play opened at the Booth Theatre in New York in late April and ran for two months.
July 4, 1986 |
If you were casting the part of a talent agent for a movie, what sort of person would you pick? A rotund man in a checkered polyester jacket? White belt? Shaggy eyebrows? Rosy, rubbery lips that clamp around his cigar as he murmurs, "Kid, I can make you a star"? Meet Key Dee Alan. Real life San Diego talent agent. Warm, motherly, able to sing opera and responsible for guiding the entertainment careers of more than 30 San Diegans.
June 7, 2002 |
With his oversized black-rimmed glasses, elegant dark suits and pristine white shirts, the late Lew Wasserman came to personify Hollywood power. Along the way, his look became an archetype for legions of talent agents today. As the former chairman and chief executive of the Music Corp. of America, Wasserman, who died Monday, not only created a way of doing business but also inspired the unofficial dress code that governs the way Hollywood agents look today.
November 12, 2001 |
The outcome of a low-profile court case between an up-and-coming actor and his former manager could send a huge jolt through the working class of Hollywood, where managers are already antsy over a new push to criminalize much of what they do. At issue is whether the state should further limit the role that Hollywood managers play in finding jobs for their actor clients. California has the nation's most stringent constraints on managers in the form of the Talent Agencies Act, legal experts say.
February 16, 1997 |
In a roomful of egos, Democrat Kevin Murray of Los Angeles can still create his own kind of sizzle on the floor of the California Assembly, even as the oratory ends and the mood turns social. Tall, broad-shouldered, the drape of his stylish suit just right, he moves through the chamber with a big-city confidence that exudes more kissy-face Hollywood--where he once worked as a talent agent--than backslapping Sacramento.
February 25, 2002 |
Negotiators for the Screen Actors Guild this weekend reached a tentative agreement with the Assn. of Talent Agents that would allow agencies to make and receive investments in companies involved in production, sources said Sunday. The proposed three-year contract would significantly change the ground rules of Hollywood that have been in operation since 1939--the same year "Gone With the Wind" and "The Wizard of Oz" hit the silver screen.
April 22, 2013 |
In the annals of Hollywood disorderly conduct, Reese Witherspoon's arrest Friday in Atlanta doesn't come near the anti-Semitic abuse that Mel Gibson showered on law enforcement when he was stopped for driving under the influence in 2006. Still, Witherspoon's protestations when her husband, talent agent James Toth, was pulled over for erratic driving and was performing a field sobriety test confirms some of the worst stereotypes about people of privilege. Don't Toth and Witherspoon know that in the U.S. in 2010 (the last year for which data is available)
June 18, 1989 |
There is a house in Brentwood that its owners can't give away. The Spanish-style home is owned by Debra and David Tenzer, a young couple who want a larger house but who don't want to move. They want to build a new home on the lot, not remodel the existing one. "And it occurred to us that we might try to donate the house to a nonprofit organization to use elsewhere," Debra Tenzer said, "because there are so many people with no place to live, so many people with no place to die."
October 15, 1986 |
Were you turned away at the last cattle call? Does being an extra make you feel ordinary? Have you had a script returned with a note that said, "Don't give up your day job?" Did you hire a limo to take you to an audition and your driver got the part? Rejection. They ought to put the word up on the hill in place of the Hollywood sign. Same number of letters and it's more accurate. If rejection left physical scars, the only role anyone here could play is Quasimodo.
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August 19, 2008 |
Prominent entertainment producer and talent manager Joan Hyler remained in critical condition at UCLA Medical Center after being struck by a vehicle on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu on Friday evening, authorities said. Hyler, a former president of the nonprofit Women in Film, was parking her car when she was hit and "sustained severe and multiple injuries," according to a posting by family members on the website www.carepages.com. According to Variety, Hyler's clients have included Bob Dylan, Andy Warhol, Madonna, Peter O'Toole and Ann-Margret.