An example of ‘Dialectical’ (in DBT) 1st Hollywood SuperAgent Sue Mengers

This was the late Sue Menger’s favorite picture of herself, smoking up a storm at her desk. She smoked other stuff, too. 

With all the hype around DBT, alot of people wonder….what is dialectical? It’s hard to explain. It sorta means two opposite things can both be true, and to learn to walk the middle path while accepting the opposites or dichotomy.

A recent Vanity Fair Hollywood Edition there were quite a few examples of ‘Dialectical’ Types…but let’s start with Sue. It’s said she was the first person who could have all the talent packaged in a film and work a deal to give the actors a part of the back in…the box office receipts in percentage points.

Sue Mengers was all women. Like the boys in the boys club, she was from the East Coast, came up from the William Morris Mail Room but later went out on her own. She was tough like a Man.

She had to deal with male directors of the old school, however.  She knew just how to work them.

This was during the 70’s. When Otto Preminger, who directed “Gone with the Wind” objected to an actor on the basis that he ‘was a fairy,’ she looked the old man straight in the eye and said, “No he isn’t. I slept with him myself.”

Mengers had fabulous parties. Everyone who was anyone was there. She launched the career of Richard Gere. Candice Bergen. Gene Hackman and tons of other examples.  She saw something in talent others didn’t see and fought tooth and nail to get them work.

That’s what an agent is for. I’ve begun my agent search for my books. I have at least two I want to write. I gather names, find out all about them and then send out a stealth attack …hoping what I offer is what they’re looking for. But sometimes, agents don’t know what they’re looking for until they’ve been hit over the head with a two by four.

Anyone else looking for a literary agent?

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