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Stella Zadeh


Stella Zadeh, who ran talent agency Stella Zadeh & Associates, died of heart failure June 7 in Santa Barbara. She was 58.

After graduating from Radcliff in 1969 and earning a master’s degree in journalism from UCLA in 1971, she entered print journalism, working at the Santa Monica Outlook, the Associated Press and the Los Angeles Herald Examiner.

In 1980, at the behest of Walter Cronkite, she joined KCBS Los Angeles as news planning manager.

She then joined the corporate world at CBS, ultimately becoming managing editor of the CBS Teletext Project and manager of the CBS/Alameda cable venture, before leaving the company in 1985 to launch her own talent agency.

Stella Zadeh & Associates, established in 1986, represented producers and directors on shows such as “The Bachelor,” “Real Life With Bill Maher,” “Deal or No Deal” and “Judge Mathis.”

Zadeh is survived by her husband, David L. Gersh; her parents; and her brother.

The family will hold a memorial June 29 in Calabasas; RSVP to for details.

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