Adeline Schulberg

Adeline Schulberg’s long and winding career path led her from activist to Hollywood agent and back again. Schulberg became a socialist early in her life, and after marrying reporter B.P. Schulberg in 1913, she got her new husband an assignment doing a film documentary about suffragette Sylvia Pankhurst. In 1918 the couple moved to Hollywood, where Schulberg worked in child welfare, organized birth control clinics, and founded the first progressive school in California, while her husband worked for Paramount Pictures. She divorced in 1933 and used her Hollywood contacts to open a talent agency representing stars like Marlene Dietrich. She sold the agency and moved to London at the beginning of WWII, creating an underground railroad to rescue refugee actors, writers, and filmmakers from Nazi Europe. After the war, she returned to New York as a talent scout for Columbia Pictures and discovered the actress Shelley Winters. She also founded a literary agency, representing novelists Vicki Baum, Fanny Hurst, and Rex Reed, among others.


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