Mr. and Mrs. Hollywood by Kathleen Sharp
Edie and Lew Wasserman and Their Entertainment Empire

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The Wassermans ruled over twentieth-century Hollywood by building MCA, the world’s largest talent agency, which ultimately devoured the global multibillion-dollar conglomerate, Universal Studios. Hounded by antitrust prosecutors, attacked by lesser rivals, and betrayed by their own proteges, this supremely powerful couple vanquished their enemies while extending their influence beyond Sunset Strip, into governors’ mansions, Senate chambers, the White House, and international boardrooms. Lew was uber-agent to legendary stars, a pioneering TV producer and a film mogul with a Midas touch. He was a boss to sixty-two labor unions, a diplomat, political kingmaker, and cultural statesman. His wife and champion, Edie, was the daughter of a Cleveland mob attorney, the queen of Hollywood’s social A-list, and Lew’s secret agent who used her cunning and charm to help him. For more than sixty years, the couple played a central role in shaping the Golden Age of TV, the glamorization of Las Vegas, the development of the blockbuster film (Psycho, Jaws, E.T.) and the elevation of the entertainment industry into America’s number-one export. Sharp also chronicles the Wassermans’ extraordinary philanthropy which made them the most generous of Hollywood’s benefactors. 16 pages of black and white photographs are included.
 

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KATHLEEN SHARP was granted personal interviews with Lew Wasserman before he died in 2001. She has been a Hollywood correspondent for the Boston Globe and has written for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Playboy, Elle, and Salon.com. She is the author of In Good Faith: The Inside Story of Prudential's MultiBillion-Dollar Scandal and lives in Santa Barbara.
 
Published October 20, 2003 by Carroll & Graf. 400 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Economics, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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Although they were the quintessential Hollywood power couple, Edie and Lew Wasserman never cared for publicity—and with good reason, as they came from different sides of the same crooked coin.

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As a top executive at MCA, Lew Wasserman was one of the biggest agents in the movie industry, then topped that by becoming one of the most powerful studio heads ever, orchestrating the gradual takeover of Universal Studios starting in 1958.

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