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Ilse Lahn Waitzenkorn

Ilse Lahn Waitzenkorn, 90, an agent, story editor and literary agent, died Nov. 18 at the Sherman Oaks Hospital of heart failure.

Born in Vienna, she came to the United States in the early 1920s after an acting career on the German stage.

In the early 1930s, she worked as an assistant to director Paul Leni and other European directors at Universal Studios.

She joined the Paul Kohner Agency in the early ’40s as a reader, on 49.43? story editor and, eventually, literary agent. Among the many clients she represented were James Agee, Michael Wilson, AEneas McKenzie, Ursula Leguin, Dalton Trumbo, Jack Lewis, and Adrian Scott. She also produced several pictures with Jack Pollexsen and Aubrey Wisberg, among them “The Bride of Frankenstein.”

She resigned from the Kohner office in 1989 but remained active in the business.

Survivors include a brother, sister-in-law, a niece and grand-nephew. No services.

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