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Brown, Kay (7 Dec. 1902–18 Jan. 1995) talent scout, agent, story editor, and theater producer, was born Derek Granger Katharine Brown, in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, to Katharine Ross and Henry Collins Brown, the original founder of the Museum of the City of New York. She had one sister (Florence) and four brothers (Nelson, Ross, Crawford, and Harry). Her mother died when she was a teenager, and her father remarried. Brown attended Wellesley College, from ...

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Lazar, Swifty (28 March 1907–30 December 1993), talent agent, was born Irving Paul Lazar on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, New York City, the son of Samuel Mortimer Lazar, a produce wholesaler, and Stari DeLongpre. Lazar graduated from Fordham University and received a law degree from Brooklyn Law School in 1931. He practiced law in New York, initially specializing in bankruptcies and foreclosures. He soon switched to entertainment law and represented singers and musicians who were clients of the newly formed Music Corporation of America (MCA). In 1935 he abandoned his law practice in favor of representing his clients as an agent. The change enabled him to earn 10 percent of the booking fees, rather than the 1 percent he received as an attorney....