Cultural Matchmaker Priscilla Morgan Dies at 94

11:34 AM PST 04/03/2014 by THR Staff
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The New Yorker's connections led to opportunities for director Arthur Penn, composers Philip Glass and Jerry Herman and others.

Priscilla Morgan, who brought together such artists as Arthur Penn, Philip Glass and Jerry Herman, has died. She was 94.

Morgan died Sunday at her home in Manhattan, The New York Times reported.

Survivors include her goddaughter Rachael Horovitz, the Oscar-nominated producer of Moneyball and other films, including About Schmidt and State and Main.

According to The Times, Morgan introduced director Penn to actor Warren Beatty, and they went on to work together on Bonnie and Clyde (1967). She presented Glass, then an unsung composer, at the Festival of the Two Worlds in Italy (popularly known as Spoleto) in 1967. And she brought playwright Israel Horovitz (Rachael's father) -- along with the cast of his off-Broadway play The Indian Wants the Bronx, which included Al Pacino -- to Spoleto in 1968.

She discovered Herman, the composer and lyricist behind Hello, Dolly! and Mame, in 1954 when he was just starting out as a performer in Greenwich Village.

She became his agent and represented other clients including Penn, Oscar-nominated producer Fred Coe (A Thousand Clowns), Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tad Mosel (All the Way Home) and director John Frankenheimer (The Manchurian Candidate). Her clients often collaborated during dinners and parties in her apartment.

Peter Morais, a curator of an exhibition of her papers at Vassar College, which she attended, called her "an instinctive, intellectual switchboard" for her ability to recognize and nurture talent and make connections among artists.

She had a romantic relationship of almost 30 years with the sculptor and designer Isamu Noguchi. It lasted until his death in 1988.

Survivors also include her great-niece Sarah and great-nephew Richard.

 

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