Jinny Raymond, talent agent, dies at 83

Was among female pioneers in early TV

Talent agent Jinny Raymond died Wednesday, March 23, in Agoura Hills, Calif., of natural causes. She was 83.

Among Raymond’s clients were Henry Winkler, James Woods, Danny Glover, Elizabeth McGovern, Lara Flynn Boyle, Joe Mahar and Terry O’Quinn.

Born in Boston and raised in Scarsdale, N.Y., she attended Wellesley College, where she balanced chemistry studies with legit performances both on campus and with the Group 20 Players in Unionville, Conn.

After graduating, she moved to New York City, where she began a career in live television as a production assistant and assistant director. She spent several years working on “Kraft Television Theater” in the early ’50s; Raymond appears in Molly Sackler and Jason Wulkowicz’s documentary-in-progress “Missing in Action: The Women Behind Television’s Golden Age.”

Raymond took a 10-year hiatus during the 1960s to raise four daughters, but then returned to the industry. In 1976, she moved to Los Angeles to accept a promotion to talent agent with Writers & Artists Agency. She continued at the tenpercentery for more than 20 years, heading its New York office for a time.

Raymond subsequently became a partner in Judy Schoen & Associates.

She is survived by her four daughters and a granddaughter.

Services will be held at Our Lady of Malibu Church, 3625 Winter Canyon Road, Malibu, on Friday at 3:30 p.m.

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