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Personal manager Suzanne Lax dies

Clients once included Felicity Huffman, Taylor Negron

Talent manager Suzanne Lax, who discovered Michael J. Fox and at one time managed the likes of Felicity Huffman, Taylor Negron, Demond Wilson, Lydia Cornell, Tracey Bregman and Margaret Avery, died on July 9 in Los Angeles after a months-long illness.

Lax was partnered throughout her talent management career in LAX & Co. with her husband, Bernard Lax.

Born in Chicago, Suzanne left a budding modeling career in the late 1950s for marriage in Montreal. There she served as VP of business development and corporate relations for Mergers & Acquisitions Consultants Ltd. and was involved in the financing and production of Jan Kadar’s “Lies My Father Told Me,” which won the Golden Globe for foreign-language film in 1975.

In 1973 Suzanne and Bernard Lax moved to Los Angeles, where they formed LAX & Co. She worked as a personal talent manager from that point until shortly before her death.

Suzanne Lax’s charitable efforts included work for the Montreal Museum of Fine Art, the Montreal Symphony and the American Cancer Society. For the last of these co-chaired several annual galas with her husband in Los Angeles, staging such performers as Lena Horne, Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee and Henry Mancini.

Lax was personally honored for her efforts in 1987 by Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley and received commendations from President Ronald Reagan, California Gov. George Deukmejian and Sen. Pete Wilson.

She is survived by her husband, three sons and five grandchildren.

Memorial services will be Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Bel Air Presbyterian Church, 16221 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles.

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