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Swifty Lazar
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    (March 28, 1907-December 30, 1993)
    Born in Brooklyn, New York
    Birth name was Samuel Lazar
    Changed his first name to Irving
    Clients included Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, Truman Capote, Cher, Joan Collins, Noel Coward, Cary Grant, Moss Hart, Ernest Hemingway, Gene Kelly, Jessica Lange, Madonna, Walter Matthau, Gregory Peck, Cole Porter, William Saroyan, Sharon Stone and Tennessee Williams
    He hated his nickname.
    As a literary agent, he was known for rarely bothering to read the manuscripts he sold.
    He said, 'I frequent sell for people I don't represent. Every good writer has two agents - their own and Lazar.'
    When traveling by car, he would stop at hospitals to use their bathrooms, since they were cleaner than gas stations or restaurants.
    A hotel in Switzerland refused to let him return, because he had swamped their switchboard during his first stay.
    He got his nickname after winning a bet by closing three deals for Humphrey Bogart in a single day.
    He organized 'Winged Victory' on Broadway, and earned over $5 million for the Air Corps relief fund during World War II.
    He sold the rights for Neil Simon's yet-to-written 'The Odd Couple' based on a one-sentence description of the plot.
    His post-Oscar parties were more prestigious than the official parties held by the Academy.

Credit: C. Fishel


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