Carlyn Benjamin, Wife of ICM Agent Ben Benjamin, Dies at 95

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Carlyn Benjamin with her husband, ICM agent Ben Benjamin

Her father and grandfather managed the Ambassador Hotel.

Carlyn Benjamin, the wife of ICM agent Ben Benjamin, died Jan. 9 of pneumonia at her home in Brentwood, according to her daughter, Lisa Gilmour. She was 95.

A Los Angeles native, Benjamin grew up in the Ambassador Hotel, which her father and grandfather managed. She nicknamed herself the "horizontal Eloise" of the Ambassador after the fictional Eloise at the Plaza Hotel. Her youth was spent witnessing many notable events at the hotel, including Academy Award ceremonies. In later years, Benjamin contributed to historians' work about the Ambassador and collaborated with preservationists to save the landmark hotel, which ultimately was demolished in 2005.

In 1944 she married ICM agent Ben Benjamin, who represented such talent as Sir Laurence Olivier, Burt Lancaster, Julie Christie, Vanessa Redgrave, Ingrid Bergman, Lee Remick and Rex Harrison. They were married for 47 years until his death in 1991.

Benjamin is survived by Gilmour, her son-in-law Mark, her three grandchildren and her sister, Jackie.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, Smile Train, Beyond Alzheimer's or Word Theatre.

For more information about the memorial service, please contact Gilmour at lg62081@gmail.com.

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