Sue Mengers

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Sue Mengers is a former talent agent to many of the most important members of the New Hollywood generation of filmmakers and actors in the 1960s, 1970s and early 1980s.

Early life

Sue Mengers was born about 1931 in Hamburg, Germany. About 1938, she arrived in the United States at age eight with her parents, a family of refugees from the Holocaust. Neither of her parents spoke English at the time. Settling in Utica, New York, her father eventually became a traveling salesman. When Sue was about eleven years old, her father committed suicide. Sue and her mother relocated to The Bronx in New York City, where her mother took a job as a bookkeeper.

Career

Mengers' entry into the talent agency business was in 1955 as a receptionist at MCA, at the time the dominant company of the trade, with a roster of clients that included Jack Benny, George Burns and Gracie Allen, Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift. She also worked for a while as a secretary for freelance theatrical agency Baum & Newborn. Eventually, she was hired as a secretary at William Morris Agency, a powerhouse in the emerging TV business.Abramowitz, p....
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