Title: The Agency
Publisher: Harper Collins, New York
Publication Date: 1995
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: Stated 1st Ed,1st Printing
Fine/Near Fine Stated 1st Edition;1st Printing,Full numer line.Personally SIGNED by author on half title page with no further inscription No Wear on DJ or book & Completely Unmarked.;Gift Quality.Completely unmarked.Near Fine DJ;Original Price Intact, very minor spinewear,now in clear archival Jkt.Near Fine Copy:Fresh;Bright;Tight;1 bent corner;spine ends are slightly humped.100%Guarantee NOT X-LIB,BCE,Remainder.Ships Immediately.If dissatisfied,return within 30 days or no-hassle refund. Bookseller Inventory # 000175
Synopsis: For decades, hidden from the public eye, William 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 studios to the mobsters who ran Vegas to the Madison Avenue admen who controlled television. While the clients took the spotlight, the agency operated behind the scenes, providing the grease that made show business what it's become.
The story begins more than a century ago, when a fiery young immigrant named William Morris opened a vaudeville-booking office on New York's Fourteenth Street and went up against the trust that ruled the leading entertainment medium of the day. Led after Morris's death by the legendary Abe Lastfogel, a cherubic little man who treated agents and clients alike as family, the firm 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--William Morris gave birth to its own nemesis: Ovitz's new firm, CAA. Throughout the '80s and '90s, as the Morris Agency made, and lost, such stars as Mel Gibson, Julia Roberts, Kevin Costner and Tom Hanks, Ovitz's power grew inexorably as Morris's waned. Lulled by the phenomenal success of Bill Cosby and the upward spiral of the Beverly Hills real estate market, Morris's board failed to act as death and defection thinned its ranks. Finally, with its flagship motion-picture department on the brink of collapse, the board was faced with the stark reality of having to buy its way back into the business it had once owned.
From the Publisher: The turbulent behind-the-scenes story of Hollywood's oldest and most legendary institution.
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