Manager/casting director Bonni Allen dies at 52

Multihyphenate repped Jason Alexander

Talent rep, casting director, and producer Bonni Allen died of complications from cancer Feb. 20 in Los Angeles. She was 52.

A native New Yorker, she opened Bonni Allen Talent, representing film, television and Broadway actors, including Nancy Opel and Teresa Parente. When client Jason Alexander was cast as George Costanza on “Seinfeld,” she relocated to Los Angeles where she continued to represent actors.

She then segued to become a casting director, with credits on a number of features and television movies. Allen was also one of the first executives hired by Studio M/Weberworks, a nationwide cable television network. As creative executive in charge of acquisition and development of new projects and casting, she worked with producers including Jonathan Sanger, Lawrence Gordon, Steven Soderbergh, the Farrelly brothers and Penny Marshall.

She also tried her hand at screenwriting, optioning her first feature script, “Only In The Movies.”

More recently she had returned to working as a personal manager, partnering with Marrissa O’Leary to form Allen + O’Leary management, where her clients included Lauralee Bell, Greg Roman, Jonathan Fraser, and Nick Baillie.

A private memorial is planned for Saturday, March 2. Details are available at (310)576-0800.

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