Sue Mengers

People remembered her withering wit, feared her negotiating prowess, envied her client list, respected her uncanny intelligence. Sue Mengers, who died Oct. 15 at 79, was one of the first great female Hollywood power agents. But she was also a loyal friend and an inspiring teacher.

My first meeting with Sue was in 1981, when I was interviewing to be her second secretary. As she interrogated me, I found myself stealing glances at photographs of Sue with her many clients--Barbra Streisand, Candice Bergen, Ali MacGraw, Sidney Lumet, to name a few. The interview was interrupted by phone calls from studio heads...

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