When I Was At Morton's
Five years after the fabled eatery closed, Michael Ovitz, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Sherry Lansing and just about every other power broker tell tales about the countless deals, dish and gossip (way yummier than anything you could order) born from those 19 tables.
For nearly 30 years (but especially during the 1980s), Hollywood's big, big money -- its new, blockbuster money -- converged, with era-defining consistency, on the corner of Robertson and Melrose at Morton's, which Peter Morton opened in 1979 as a grown-up alternative to his Hard Rock Cafes. Come 7 p.m., nowhere else saw as much action: Power was spread out in Manhattan, but in Hollywood in those days, it resided in only one place. With all the deals discussed over those (only) 19 tables -- including Eddie Murphy's historic $15 million deal with Paramount in 1987 (see sidebar) -- it's a wonder Morton didn't hire a security guard and call his place an agency.
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