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THR's Women in Entertainment 2012: Power 100

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    POWER LUNCH: Leslie Siebert
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    Leslie Siebert
    Senior managing partner, Gersh Agency

    Siebert is the first nonfamily partner in the esteemed talent agency's 63-year history and, for all intents and purposes, Gersh is the only employer she has ever known. She started working there right after graduating from UCLA, crediting a casual conversation about softball with partner Bob Gersh for getting her noticed. Today, Siebert, 50, represents 40-plus actors, including Madeleine Stowe, starring for a second season on the ABC thriller Revenge; Catherine Keener, Kyle Chandler and Angela Bassett. A married mother of two, Siebert seems to have showbiz in her blood: Her 16-year-old son, Jack, interned for Kris Jenner over the summer and even made a brief appearance on Keeping Up With the Kardashians.

    Can't get through my workday without: Talking to [Brillstein Entertainment's] Cynthia Pett. We've been friends for 25 years. Whenever I need a little oomph or a little fun, I call her.

    Proudest accomplishment this year: Signing Allison Janney after a three-year pursuit. I met her when she was leaving WME. She was advised to take further meetings, and she got swept up by a big agency conversation and went somewhere else. But we continued to talk. It comes down to this: Actresses want personal attention, to be a priority and know that they are going to be taken care of.

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