Mary Ellen White

Talent agent and manager

Talent agent and manager Mary Ellen White died Oct. 4 from cancer in Norwalk, Conn. She was 84.

Born in New Haven, Conn., White started at ad agency BBD&O. One of her first jobs was on “Super Circus.”

Subsequently she opened her own office as an agent for commercial and television actors, the MEW Agency, in New York in 1957. In 1965, she expanded operations into the West Coast and became one of the first female-owned agencies in Hollywood and New York. In L.A., she developed and managed actors and actresses including Isabel Sanford, Dick Van Patten, Richard Hatch, Rick Schroeder and Chris Barnes.

The MEW Agency also managed numerous child actors, sports figures and celebrities for commercial work. She retired to Westport, Conn., in 1991.

She is survived by a brother.

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