Nathan Lefkowitz (1905 - 1983)

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Nat Lefkowitz, a former co-chairman of the William Morris Agency, the theatrical talent agency with which he was associated for 56 years, died Sunday in New York University Medical Center, where he had undergone heart surgery. He was 78 years old.

Mr. Lefkowitz held the title of chairman emeritus at the agency and also was an officer of a number of theatrical philanthropies. Born in Brooklyn, he attended New York public schools and was graduated from City College and the Brooklyn Law School.

He went to work as an accountant, joining William Morris in 1927 and serving as comptroller, treasurer, executive vice president and president before moving into a share of the chairmanship in 1976.

He was chairman of the Jewish Theatrical Guild for a number of years and served in various capacities with the United Jewish Appeal, the Federation of Jewish Philantropies, the Actors Fund, the Will Rogers Hospital, the O'Donnell Memorial Research Laboratories and the National Conference of Christians and Jews.

He is survived by his wife, the former Sally Feigelman; a brother, Julius of Beverly Hills, Calif.; three daughters, Dorothy B. Litwin of Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.; Rona Pinkus of New York and Helene Andrea Nachtigall of San Francisco, and five grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held Tuesday in the Riverside Chapel, 76th Street and Amsterdam Avenue.

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1905 - In the year that Nathan Lefkowitz was born, the first movie theater opened in the United States in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It was the first theater to show nothing but movies - silent films. Two men, John P. Harris and his brother-in-law Harry Davis, opened the Nickelodeon on Smithfield Street - charging 5 cents for admission. The first day, 450 people watched movies at the new theater - on the second day, more than 1500 people stood in line to get in.

1947 - At the age of 42 years old, Nathan was alive when on November 25th, the Hollywood "Black List" was created by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC). Ten Hollywood writers and directors had refused to testify to the Committee regarding "Communists" or "Reds" in the movie industry. The next day, the blacklist was created and they were fired.

1949 - He was 44 years old when on January 25th, the first Emmy Awards (for television) were handed out in Los Angeles. Shirley Dinsdale won for the Most Outstanding Television Personality and Pantomime Quiz Time earned an Emmy for the Most Popular Television Program.

1979 - By the time he was 74 years old, on November 4th, Iranian militant students seized the US embassy in Teheran and held 52 American citizens and diplomats hostage for 444 days. They were released at the end of the inauguration speech of the newly elected Ronald Reagan.

1983 - In the year of Nathan Lefkowitz's passing, physicist Sally K. Ride, 32, became the first US woman astronaut in space as a crew member aboard space shuttle Challenger on June 18th. She was also the youngest (32) astronaut to go into space. Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova was the first woman in space in 1963.

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Nathan Lefkowitz died in September 1983 at 78 years of age. No cause of death has been entered. He was born on July 24, 1905. He married Sally Lefkowitz. We know that Nathan Lefkowitz had been residing in New York, New York County, New York.

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Nat Lefkowitz, a former co-chairman of the William Morris Agency, the theatrical talent agency with which he was associated for 56 years, died Sunday in New York University Medical Center, where he had undergone heart surgery. He was 78 years old.

Mr. Lefkowitz held the title of chairman emeritus at the agency and also was an officer of a number of theatrical philanthropies. Born in Brooklyn, he attended New York public schools and was graduated from City College and the Brooklyn Law School.

He went to work as an accountant, joining William Morris in 1927 and serving as comptroller, treasurer, executive vice president and president before moving into a share of the chairmanship in 1976.

He was chairman of the Jewish Theatrical Guild for a number of years and served in various capacities with the United Jewish Appeal, the Federation of Jewish Philantropies, the Actors Fund, the Will Rogers Hospital, the O'Donnell Memorial Research Laboratories and the National Conference of Christians and Jews.

He is survived by his wife, the former Sally Feigelman; a brother, Julius of Beverly Hills, Calif.; three daughters, Dorothy B. Litwin of Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.; Rona Pinkus of New York and Helene Andrea Nachtigall of San Francisco, and five grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held Tuesday in the Riverside Chapel, 76th Street and Amsterdam Avenue.
Jul 21, 2017 · Reply
He was at Marlene Dietrich's opening night party at the Rainbow Room in October 1967 with his lovely wife. My date [MGM's Silas Seadler] and I (a publicist) were invited to sit with Nathan and his wife Sally at their table. In the move "For the Boys" Bette Midler says: "Last Night I had a dream that Nat Lefkowitz was God." So now you know why EVERYONE including Dietrich and my pen pal for 55 years, Olivia de Havilland were impressed that I sat at that table! Nat Lefkowitz knew everybody, met everybody and made great things happen for so many people! His wife was incredibly wonderful too.
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