Bettye McCartt, Manager for Tom Selleck, Dies at 81

She worked with the actor since 1975, before he starred on the 1980s hit "Magnum, P.I." Her other clients included Anthony Quinn and George Clooney.

Bettye McCartt, the longtime manager and former agent for actor Tom Selleck, died Aug. 16 of heart failure in Santa Barbara. She was 81.

In the 1960s, McCartt moved with her children from Oklahoma to Los Angeles, where she started her career in the entertainment business, first as a publicist at 20th Century Fox. She later was associated with the production of such films as The Godfather (1972) and The Longest Yard (1974).

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As owner of Agency for Artists and as a partner in the McCartt, Oreck & Barrett Talent Agency, her many clients also included actors Maureen O’Hara, Anthony Quinn, Wilford Brimley, George Clooney, Billy D. Williams and Brian Austin Green; authors Louis L’Amour and Henry Miller; and TV director Tony Wharmby (JAG, NCIS). 

McCartt started working with Selleck as both his agent and manager in 1975. When the actor signed with CAA in 2008, she continued as his manager until her death.

Survivors include her daughter Shannon and son Mark. Plans for a memorial service in Los Angeles were pending.