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THR's Women in Entertainment 2012: Power 100

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    Michelle Bohan
    Partner, talent agent, WME

    Her A-list movie-star clients — who include Tina Fey, Steve Carell and Amy Adams — and The Good Wife’s Emmy winner Julianna Margulies put her at the center of most movie and TV conversations. And a year into her collaboration with Thor and War Horse actor Tom Hiddleston, he co-starred in the third-highest-grossing film of all time, The Avengers.

    Moment I knew I wanted to work in the business: I was in law school at Southwestern and working in the legal department at Triad Artists, which was bought by William Morris. Any time I had to go up to the 15th floor to drop off a contract, I’d walk through the lobby, and it was electrifying. I’d see Brad Pitt or George Clooney. Then I’d return to the file room and think, “Oh, no.” I ended up dropping out of law school.

    What I’d tell my 22-year-old self about working in Hollywood: “Stay in law school.” It’s imperative to be well-rounded.

    Proudest moment this year: My client Paula Pell has been a writer on SNL for close to 20 years. I told her, “You need to write screenplays.” She sold a pitch to Universal with Tina Fey and has written three movies with Judd Apatow. I’m incredibly proud of her.

    Favorite way to unwind on the weekend: Reading the Sunday New York Times, cover to cover. I just want everyone to go away. I’m old-school — I wanna touch it and feel it.

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