Sam Adams, a literary agent whose profession started within the postwar years at Warner Bros. and ended with the deal to deliver The Handmaid’s Story to the massive display screen, has died, in accordance with a number of studies. He was 94.
Adams’ shopper record included Handmaid’s creator Margaret Atwood, the recently-deceased Peter Bogdanovich, Saturday Evening Fever director John Badham, TV large Stephen J. Cannell, Oscar-winner Alvin Sargent, Casablanca star Paul Henreid and Nobel laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer.
Adams acquired his begin in Hollywood delivering messages at Warner Bros. whereas he was nonetheless at Beverly Hills Excessive College. At Warners, he met the likes of Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Errol Flynn, Bette Davis and Edgar G. Robinson. His stint on the studio was interrupted by 18 months of energetic responsibility within the military.
After the warfare he turned to journalism, serving stints on the William Randolph Hearst-owned Los Angeles Examiner, the Armed Forces Radio Providers, the Beverly Hills Press and eventually The Hollywood Reporter.
“I needed to beat the sport and discovered to get across the commerce contacts,” Adams informed Ahead in 2016. “I spotted the businesses and regulation workplaces have been a greater supply of present enterprise information than the studios.”
He continued, “I acquired in with the brokers, and Sam Jaffe noticed I additionally wrote critiques of theater and opera, that my critiques have been extra literate than common, and in 1956 Sam supplied me a gig as a junior agent on the Jaffe Company. An agent? Okay, that wasn’t my plan. However Sam represented everyone from Lauren Bacall to Zero Mostel, and he noticed a helpful place for me at his company making offers for these writing for TV.”
Adams later labored for Ingo (Otto’s brother) Preminger at PSF, which repped writers, producers and composers.
“Ingo was actually my mentor in my life,” he stated.
He went again to Jaffe after Preminger offered the company to Common Artists Corp. Sam Jaffe had retired and Phil Gersh now ran the operation, which later modified its title to the Gersh Company. Not lengthy after, Adams struck out on his personal.
“My agency was initially referred to as Adams & Ray in 1963, however we added Lee Rosenberg in 1964, to turn out to be Adams, Ray & Rosenberg,” he stated. “As an agent I negotiated offers involving Klute, Caddyshack, Oklahoma Crude and Saturday Evening Fever.”
The company turned a part of Triad Artists in 1984, and later was acquired by William Morris.
After his first spouse died in 1975, Adams wed Kathleen McIntosh, a harpsichordist, in 1986.
“A few years later we visited New Mexico,” Adams defined, “and impulsively purchased a home in Santa Fe. That was it for L.A.”
They moved in 1989. He retired in 1990.
Along with his spouse Kathleen, Adams is survived by daughters Rachel and Olivia and grandchildren Noah, Henry, Lauren and Owen.