LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hollywood talent agent Monique James, whose company helped make stars of Robert Redford, Warren Beatty, Sharon Gless and others, has died at age 74.
James died Jan. 18 of cancer in Los Angeles, said her daughter, producer and manager Pam Prince.
Her brother, Michael, was a foreign correspondent for the New York Times and worked at the Imperial Valley Press for 12 years, from November 1965 until April 1977. He was the Press' first Probe writer.
James joined the casting department of CBS in 1948 as a receptionist who couldn't type, and a year later left with her boss to form their own company. Casting Consultants specialized in performers for the fledgling medium television and had clients including Grace Kelly and Leslie Nielsen.
The company became successful so fast that MCA head Lew Wasserman quickly bought it out and hired James and partner Eleanor Kilgallen to work for him, James in Hollywood and Kilgallen in New York.