Personal manager Arlene L. Dayton, who represented such clients as Mackenzie Phillips, Mariette Hartley, Andrea Thompson, Eva Marie Saint and Eileen Brennan, died Sunday Jan. 6 in her sleep at her Los Angeles home. She was 68.
Her show business career began at age 8 as a singer on “The Horn & Hardart Hour” radio show in New York City. Dayton appeared in radio, television, movies, theater and nightclubs under the alias Arlene Allison and performed with the Allison Sisters from 1941 to 1961.
After a short stint as an agent, she segued into management for such artists as the Hines Brothers and the Four Tops and was the house booker for NYC nightclub the Bon Soir. She also produced nightclub and theatrical shows.
Dayton moved to Los Angeles in the late 1960s to form her own company, Arlene L. Dayton Management, beginning a career as a personal manager that spanned more than 30 years.
A founding member of the Synagogue for the Performing Arts and a member of Women in Film, she also appeared in several John Cassavettes pics, including “The Killing of a Chinese Bookie,” where she is credited as Arlene Allison.
Former second VP of the Conference of Personal Managers, Dayton served on its board of directors for a decade.
Preceded in death by her actor/director husband Danny Dayton, she is survived by a daughter, a son, two grandchildren and a brother.
Memorial donations can be made to Sojourn Services at P.O. Box 7081, Santa Monica, CA 90406, or Streetlights at Raleigh Studios, 650 N. Bronson Ave., B-108, Hollywood, CA 90004.