Movie Mogul Lew Wasserman receives posthumous star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

 

Late movie mogul Lew Wasserman, who helped make many stars over his long career, had a star dedicated to him on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Jamie Lee Curtis and studio head Jeffrey Katzenberg were among the relatives and friends of Wasserman who attended the ceremony Friday in front of Grauman's Chinese Theater. Katzenberg called Wasserman "a singular and irreplaceable icon in Hollywood history." 

Curtis, who is Wasserman's goddaughter, also shared her recollections of the power broker who died in 2002 at the age of 89 from complications of a stroke. 

Wasserman was the head of talent agency MCA and Universal Studios. During his 59 years with MCA, he changed the face of television by airing feature films and ushering in "movies of the week" and miniseries like "Roots." 

In the film world, he created Universal City and its famous studio tour and put Steven Spielberg on the map with "Jaws." He also helped Ronald Reagan get elected to the Screen Actors Guild presidency and the California governorship, and was a major fundraiser for Bill Clinton.   

(Source: Associated Press)


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