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Ruth Engelhardt - Archive of American Television Interview

Full 8-part oral history interview with agent Ruth Engelhardt. She vividly describes her over 55-year association with the William Morris Agency. She recalls how she worked her way up from being a secretary to an executive in Business Affairs by earning her law degree attending night school. She discusses the structure of the Agency, the key executives, and its important television accounts. She talks about the packaging of such television series as The Life of Riley, The Danny Thomas Show, and I Spy. She speaks in detail about the creation of one of the biggest hits of the 1980s, The Cosby Show. Additionally, Engelhardt talks about such topics as contract negotiations, the era of the Hollywood Blacklist, and the 1975 formation of CAA by ex-WMA agents. Conducted on October 9, 2003 by Karen Herman.
Full 8-part oral history interview with agent Ruth Engelhardt. She vividly describes her over 55-year association with the William Morris Agency. She recalls how she worked her way up from being a secretary to an executive in Business Affairs by e...
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