Rest in Peace Lynn. Instead of plaid suits and bright-colored shirts, he made them dress as he did -- dark suits, white shirts, dark narrow ties, black oxfords -- and emulate his long work hours, keeping themselves available to clients at any time. Guest Book sponsored by Marker & Heller Funeral Home & Cremation Services Huber Heights Chapel. Mr. Wasserman was a quiet but dominant force in promoting eye research and, with Mrs. Wasserman, contributed generously to RPB. She was 95. Felix [Rohatyn, the investment banker advising MCA] said to Lew, "Do it – a year from now, you'll get rid of Miller, and make Sid President." This marked the first time an onscreen talent ever received "points in the film"[clarification needed] – a business tactic that skyrocketed after Wasserman's negotiation and Stewart's ensuing success. Né dans une famille juive russe, d'Isaac Wasserman et Minnie Chernick. Their 50th anniversary party in 1986 involved 700 guests and a re-creation of 1936 Cleveland on the Universal backlot. The Newsmeat Power Rankings identify Wasserman and his close friend Jack Valenti as two of the top five "most famous and powerful Americans whose campaign contributions result most often in victory. They lived briefly in New York, then moved in 1938 to Los Angeles, where Lew was a young agent at MCA. Survivors include daughter Lynne Kay Wasserman, a lawyer who worked for producer Jerry Weintraub; grandson Casey Wasserman, who runs the Wasserman Foundation, established by Lew and Edie in 1952, as well as sports and entertainment agency the Wasserman Media Group; granddaughter Carol Ann Leif, a standup comedian; and three great-grandchildren. In 1958, MCA bought Universal's back lot for $11.3 million -- a formidable coup not only for film and television production work, but also because it sprawled over 367 acres of almost undeveloped Los Angeles real estate. 4, 2015. By continuing to use our site, you accept our use of cookies, Bibliographic and Digital Archival Resources, Kay Kyser and Georgia Carroll Kyser Papers, 1906-2004, National Archives and Records Administration, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Then, in 1995, without even informing Mr. Wasserman, Matsushita sold MCA to the Seagram Company, the conglomerate controlled by the Bronfman family of New York and Montreal. The dignity, integrity, courage-and, yes, humility-that enabled him to live and work consistently in accord with his impeccable personal ethics should forever be models for everyone, not just in the entertainment industry but the corporate world as a whole. But Shirley Temple, America's most beloved child star, remembered Mr. Wasserman less fondly; he fired her as a client after she outgrew her children's roles. Mary Kay Redmond. Lynne Kay Wasserman Title ; Close. Sometimes Lynne goes by various nicknames including Lynn Wasserman, Lynne K Man, Lynne W Myers, Lynne K Wasserman and Lynn L Wasserman. 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Lynne Wasserman's House (Google Maps). David F. Weeks RPB Chairman Diane S. Swift, RPB President, WASSERMAN-Lew. '', Tall, gaunt, with white hair, oversize black-rimmed glasses and his usual dark suit, Mr. Wasserman inspired love, fear, respect and loathing in Hollywood. In 1962, the Justice Department under Robert Kennedy as attorney general began antitrust proceedings against the company. full of life...our sons are the same heart aches.. but I know we will meet up again. Curiously, Hollywood's need to produce ever more expensive blockbusters ignited a series of mergers and takeovers that led to Mr. Wasserman's decline. Children:Lynne Kay Wasserman. Marker & Heller Funeral Home & Cremation Services. The hit series produced by MCA for television included ''Alfred Hitchcock Presents,'' ''Marcus Welby, M.D.,'' ''Magnum P.I.,'' ''Miami Vice'' and ''Murder, She Wrote. She was named after the band leader Kay Kyser, an MCA client. And in the 1970's, his deft marketing of Steven Spielberg's ''Jaws'' and other movies was credited with creating the summer blockbuster. “Then he decided it wasn’t big enough, so he gave us another million,” she added. He used Bette Davis as his vehicle, backing her decision to walk out on Warner Brothers in 1950. She also spent time on the road at bond rallies. Wasserman served on the board of directors until 1998. But when I was a little girl, dancing was not considered a proper career for a young lady.”. Wasserman was an influential player and fundraiser in the Democratic Party,[2] but was also a lifelong and instrumental advocate, mentor, and close friend of Reagan. Read Next: Cheryl Tiano, Agent for Film, TV and Game Composers, Dies at 59, Diana Rigg, Star of ‘The Avengers’ and ‘Game of Thrones,’ Dies at 82, Wilford Brimley, ‘The Natural’ and ‘Cocoon’ Star, Dies at 85, Alan Parker, Director of ‘Bugsy Malone,’ ‘Midnight Express,’ Dies at 76, 'The Masked Singer' Reveals the Identity of the Squiggly Monster: Here's the Star Under the Mask, Warner Bros. Apologizes After ‘The Witches’ Sparks Backlash From People With Disabilities. Reagan allowed MCA to work both as a producer as well as an agent, which enabled the Mafia to earn a huge income. Over the next decade, as Universal fell under MCA control, the lot would become the site of MCA's studios, the Universal Studios amusement park, a shopping complex and MCA's headquarters. The generosity of Edie and Lew Wasserman and many of their friends in the film industry continues to benefit amfAR and its mission. Survivors include daughter Lynne Kay Wasserman, a lawyer who worked for producer Jerry Weintraub; grandson Casey Wasserman, who runs the Wasserman Foundation, established by Lew and Edie in … At MCA, Mr. Wasserman did so well that he was entrusted with the most delicate tasks -- like ensuring that the agency's top client at the time, the bandleader Tommy Dorsey, would go on stage even if he had been drinking only hours before a show. Mathilde Krim, See the article in its original context from. Enthusing about the Country House and Hospital to Variety’s Army Archerd in 1996, Edie said, “I try to take a lot of people out there who have never been and see it. We extend sympathy to his wife, Edie; their daughter, Lynne Kay, and grandchildren, Carol Leif and Casey Wasserman, who also serves as an RPB Trustee. Mr. Wasserman then showed his stars who broke with the long-term contract system how to incorporate themselves and avoid high personal income taxes. In the 1960's, he demonstrated the political influence that Hollywood could wield by organizing huge fund-raising campaigns, particularly for the Democratic Party. Matthew Hudes, Candidate Los Gatos Town Council. Share to let others add their own memories and condolences. “My fascination with the industry was natural, since my father was an attorney for show business people, and I wanted to be a dancer.

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