The Agency: William Morris and the Hidden History of Show Business

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Frank Rose, 1996 - Business & Economics - 532 pages
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For decades, hidden from the public eye, Morris agents made the deals that determined the fate of stars, studios, and networks alike. Mae West, Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, Danny Thomas, Steve McQueen -the Morris Agency sold talent to anyone in the market for it, from the Hollywood moguls to the mobsters who ran Vegas to the Madison Avenue admen who controlled television. Led after Will Morris's death by the legendary Abe Lastfogel, a cherubic little man who treated agents and clients alike as family, the Morris Agency transformed the agent's image from garish flesh-peddler to smooth-talking professional. But when Lastfogel's successor brutally sacrificed his best friend - the man who'd brought Barry Diller and Michael Ovitz out of the mail room - the agency gave birth to its own nemesis: Ovitz's new agency, CAA.

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Savvy, though uneven, profile of America's oldest talent agency. William Morris began in 1898 as a vaudeville agent, but the German-Jewish immigrant was always receptive to new entertainment ... Read full review

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FAMILY 18981969
BETRAYAL 19691992
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As a contributing editor at Wired, Frank Rose has covered everything from Sony's gamble on PlayStation 3 to the posthumous career of Philip K. Dick in Hollywood. His books include the bestselling West of Eden, about the ouster of Steve Jobs from Apple.

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