Agency founder was involved in TV, Broadway

Pioneering New York talent agent Deborah Coleman died of a heart attack Feb. 16 in Boston. She was 97.

Coleman founded the Deborah Coleman Agency in the late 1930s, and became involved in the show “Leonard Sillman’s New Faces,” representing producer Sillman till his death. Her husband Jack Rosenburg joined her in the business, working with talent including Imogene Coca, George Balanchine, Jean Stapleton, Dick York and Hal Linden.

Born in New York, she was a member of Actor’s Equity, the Screen Actor’s Guild and AFTRA.

She was involved in TV shows such as “Your Show of Shows,” “Omnibus” and “All in the Family” and Broadway’s “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” “Bells are Ringing” and “No, No Nanette.”

“She had the respect of every great producer from the 40s to the 80s. They knew her to be a woman of integrity and someone who had an eye for talent…they always took her phone calls,” said Gerald Freedman, a former client and now dean of drama at the North Carolina School of the Arts.

Coleman is survived by a daughter and three grandchildren.

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