Sheila Robinson, an agent with Agency for the Performing Arts, died June 17 in Los Angeles following a lengthy battle with cancer. She was 50.
A native of New York, Robinson began her career at IFA (later ICM) in Manhattan in 1970, where she worked as an assistant to agent Eric Shephard and was promoted to agent in 1975.
Her first client was Meryl Streep, then a young actress from Yale U.
Her client list included Frank Langella, Judd Hirsch, Richard Lewis, Erika Slezak, Patrick Cassidy, Kate Burton and Stockard Channing.
Robinson was involved with the New York Shakespeare Festival and, as an agent, encouraged her clients to work in the theater.
Robinson is survived by a son and her mother.
In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations in Robinson’s name be sent to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Box E, 1275 York Ave., N.Y., N.Y. or to the UCLA Foundation/Sheila Robinson Fellowship in Documentary Filmmaking, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, Box 951622, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1622, Attn: Rosalee Sass.