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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 protégés, 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 television producer, and a film mogul with a Midas touch. He was a boss to sixty-two labor unions, a diplomat, a political kingmaker, and a 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 television, the glamorization of Las Vegas, the development of the blockbuster film (Psycho, Jaws, ET), 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.

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  • “Drawing upon more than 450 interviews, Sharp blends corporate maneuvering and personal scandals into a gripping portrait of the original power couple.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Dramatic and enthralling…Lavish and extravagant…maximizing a great story; likely to become the standard text on the Wassermans.”

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About the Author

Kathleen Sharp is a speaker, award-winning journalist, and bestselling author whose top books have been adapted for film. She is the author of Blood Medicine: The Man Who Blew the Whistle on One of the Deadliest Prescription Drugs Ever; Mr. & Mrs. Hollywood: Edie and Lew Wasserman and Their Entertainment Empire; In Good Faith; Stalking the Beast: A History of Hollywood through the King Kong Movies; and several anthologies. She is a former correspondent for the Boston Globe and has written for several magazines, including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Playboy, Elle, and Parade. She has also appeared on Book TV, ABC News, C-SPAN, and The Armstrong Williams Show, among others, and on dozens of national radio shows and consulted on film documentaries for Turner Classic Movies, the Biography Channel, and Bravo. She lives in Santa Barbara, California.