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Pat McQueeney

Talent manager

This article was updated on September 14, 2005.

Patricia McQueeney, longtime talent manager to Harrison Ford, died Sept. 4 in Santa Monica after a brief illness. She was 77.

McQueeney’s career in entertainment spanned five decades, first as a model and television spokeswoman, then as a network morning show host and finally as head of her own company, McQueeney Management.

In the late 1950s, NBC’s “Today Show” host Dave Garroway hired McQueeney to be his co-host, where she became a prototype for female co-anchors who followed. She wrote her own interviews and feature spots and did most of the commercials on “Today.”

When Garroway left the show, McQueeney remained as co-host and worked with John Day, Edwin Newman, Hugh Downs and John Chancellor.

She headed for California in 1964 and continued working in commercials until 1970, when she launched her personal management company. Her original client list included Harrison Ford, Cindy Williams, Candy Clark, Mackenzie Phillips, Charles Martin Smith, Teri Garr and Frederic Forrest.

Several of her young clients were cast in “American Graffiti,” helping bring attention to her agency. Ford then asked her to represent him exclusively both as his talent agent and as his manager, a collaboration that lasted for more than 30 years.

As a talent rep, McQueeney was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to represent personal managers on the California Entertainment Commission, which was responsible for rewriting the rules and regulations governing personal managers and talent agents in the state of California.

She was active in numerous charities, including the Blue Ribbon 400, the founders group of the Music Center, Grossman Children’s Burn Center and Children’s Bureau of Southern California.

She is survived by a son, two daughters and six grandchildren.

Donations may be made to Ride on Therapeutic Horsemanship, www.rideon.org.

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