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The Resource Can I go now? : the life of Sue Mengers, Hollywood's first superagent, Brian Kellow

Can I go now? : the life of Sue Mengers, Hollywood's first superagent, Brian Kellow

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Can I go now? : the life of Sue Mengers, Hollywood's first superagent
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Can I go now?
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the life of Sue Mengers, Hollywood's first superagent
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Brian Kellow
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Can I go now?
Title variation remainder
the life of Sue Mengers, Hollywoods first superagent
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eng
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Accompanied by anecdotes about and interviews with more than 200 show-business luminaries, a compelling biography of Hollywood's first superagent - one of the most outrageous showbiz characters of the 1960s and 1970s - charts show business as it evolved throughout the years
Review
  • Kellow, who specializes in biographies of accomplished women (Pauline Kael: A Life in the Dark), turns his attention to Sue Mengers, Hollywood's first female "superagent." She was already a chain-smoking, caftan-wearing, coarse-mouthed legend in 1973 when client Dyan Cannon parodied her in the movie The Last of Sheila. Menders, raised in humble circumstances in Utica, N.Y., and the Bronx, promoted herself with hard work, chutzpah, and an eye for good material, and became a vital force in male-dominated 1970s Hollywood. With renowned friends (Gore Vidal, Robert Evans), superstar clients (Barbra Streisand, Ryan O'Neal, Peter Bogdanovich), and headline-making deals (getting Gene Hackman an unheard-of $1 million salary for the box-office turkey Lucky Lady), Mengers became a feminist trailblazer, though she had no interest in the movement. But when the ‘70s ended and Hollywood switched from star-driven pictures to special effects blockbusters, her career, for all intents and purposes, was over. She led a life worthy of a Harold Robbins or Jacqueline Susann novel, but Kellow's writing is more dutiful than inspired (and dogged by errors, such as misidentifying NYU grad Martin Scorsese's alma mater as UCLA). Kellow fails to fully bring to life this larger-than-life character whose ultimate undoing was her desperate need to shine brighter than her clients. Agent: Edward Hibbert, Donadio & Olson. (Sept.) --Staff (Reviewed September 7, 2015) (Publishers Weekly, vol 262, issue 36, p)
  • Kellow's chatty (and sometimes catty) biography of the contrarian 1970s Hollywood agent to the stars Sue Mengers (1932–2011) delivers on entertainment value. Mengers rose from the secretarial pool to break the glass ceiling at a time when talent agencies gained more power after the collapse of the studio system. She was also noted for her pot-filled, A-list parties as well as for her trenchant wit and brutal bluntness. According to Anjelica Huston, Mengers was "unparalleled in her honesty." (The book's title comes from her impatient sign-off after a drawn-out conversation.) Kellow describes her as "a combination of bawdy bar maid and precocious brat," with plenty of examples to prove his point. Throughout, he keeps the narrative flowing thanks to primary sources Barbra Streisand (Mengers's prized client, with whom she had a spectacular falling-out), Ali MacGraw, Candice Bergen (her "glamorous shiksa goddesses"), Michael Caine, and other marquee names. VERDICT Effortlessly readable, especially for Vanity Fair enthusiasts and film buffs who remember such actors as Lisa Eichhorn and Nancy Allen.— Kent Turner, School Library Journal --Kent Turner (Reviewed August 1, 2015) (Library Journal, vol 140, issue 13, p97)
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individual biography
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Kellow, Brian
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index present
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non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Mengers, Sue
  • Talent scouts
  • Press agents
  • Theatrical agents
  • Motion picture actors and actresses
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the life of Sue Mengers, Hollywood's first superagent
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Can I go now? : the life of Sue Mengers, Hollywood's first superagent, Brian Kellow
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 311-312) and index
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000056207302
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24 cm.
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326 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
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9780670015405
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2016297277
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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YBP12250058
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illustrations
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12250058
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(OCoLC)900623842
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Can I go now? : the life of Sue Mengers, Hollywood's first superagent, Brian Kellow
Link
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 311-312) and index
Carrier category
volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
  • still image
  • text
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  • sti
  • txt
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000056207302
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
326 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780670015405
Lccn
2016297277
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
YBP12250058
Other physical details
illustrations
Stock number
12250058
System control number
(OCoLC)900623842

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