SWIFTY LAZAR Hollywood’s premier talent agent and dealmaker sends letter to Universal executive about a possible book deal, signs name in blue ink Typed letter signed: “PL” in blue ink. 1 page, 8×7¼. On personal Irving Paul Lazar literacy agent letterhead. February 27, 1961. Addressed to Mr. Edward Lewis of Bryna Productions at Universal Pictures. In full: “Dear Eddie: This is the book by Nancy Bruff called THE MANATEE. I’d appreciate it if you’d read it as quickly as possible and get back to me and let me know if you are interested. Thank you for your attention and kindest personal greetings. Sincerely”. Irving Paul “Swifty” Lazar (1907-1993) was a talent agent and dealmaker, working both with movie and entertainment stars, as well as authors. It was in New York after graduating law school that Lazar negotiated a business deal for a vaudeville performer and realized his potential as an agent; he moved to Hollywood in 1936 and after putting together three major deals for Humphrey Bogart in a single day, he was dubbed “Swifty” and would go on to represent top celebrities such as Lauren Bacall, Truman Capote, Joan Collins, Ira Gershwin, Cary Grant, Gene Kelley, Madonna, Tennessee Williams and even President Richard Nixon. He was renowned for his post-Academy Award parties that started at the famous Romanoff’s restaurant and then moved to the Bistro Garden and finally to Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant Spago, and invitations to these parties were regarded as the inner circle. Normal mailing folds. Toned. Soiled. Ink stamp in top margin. Ink notes in right margin in unknown hand. Light surface creases. Corners rounded. Otherwise, fine condition. – Please contact us if you have any questions or require additional information. HFSID 38358
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