Author(s): Stevie Phillips
No star burned more ferociously than Judy Garland. And nobody witnessed Garland's fierce talent at closer range than Stevie Phillips. During the "Mad Men "era, Stevie Philips was a young woman muscling her way into the manscape of Manhattan's glittering office towers. After a stint as a secretary, she began working for Freddie Fields and David Begelman at Music Corporation of America (MCA) under the glare of legendary uber-agent Lew Wasserman. When MCA blew apart, Fields and Begelman created Creative Management Associates (CMA), and Stevie went along. Fields convinced Garland to come on board, and Stevie became, as she puts it, "Garland's shadow," putting out fires-figurative and literal-in order to get her to the next concert in the next down-and-out town. Philips paints a portrait of Garland at the bitter end and although it was at times a nightmare, Philips says, "She became my teacher," showing her "how to" and "how not to" live.Stevie also represented Garland's fiercely talented daughter, Liza Minnelli, as well as Robert Redford, Paul Newman, Henry Fonda, George Roy Hill, Bob Fosse, Cat Stevens, and David Bowie. She produced both films and Broadway shows and counted her colleague, the legendary agent Sue Mengers, among her closest confidantes. Now Stevie Phillips reveals all in "Judy & Liza & Robert & Freddie & David & Sue & Me..., a" tough-talking memoir by a woman who worked with some of the biggest names in show business. It's a helluva ride."
STEVIE PHILLIPS, author of "Judy & Liza & Robert & Freddi"e "& David & Sue & Me..., "began her career traveling with Judy Garland on the way to becoming head of the theater and the motion picture departments of CMA (now International Creative Management) in New York. As an agent, she represented film stars, directors, and musicians of the first order and was involved with multiple award-winning theater productions-among them, "Doonesbury, Loose Ends, " "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, " "Nuts," and" Open Admissions"-and film productions. She lives in New York City.