Talent agent Jeannine Cosden dies

Began her career as an actress

Jeannine Cosden, an actress turned talent agent, died Jan. 1 in Ojai, Calif., after suffering a stroke on Christmas Eve. She was 79.

As Jeannine Ann Cole, she performed onstage with Efrem Zimbalist Jr. in "The Pleasure of His Company," Bob Cummings in "The Marriage Go Round," Ken Berry and Ed Ames in "I Do, I Do," "California Suite" with Tom Poston, "The Max Factor" with Cesar Romero and "Showboat" with Forrest Tucker.

She also appeared in the 1985 Robert Altman film "O.C. and Stiggs."

After acting, Cosden joined her husband, talent agent Robert Cosden, as co-owner of the Cosden Agency in Los Angeles, and expanded their theater clientele to include film and television. The firm represented two-time Academy Award nominee Djimon Hounsou.

Shortly after moving to Ojai in 2000, the Chicago native opened Cole Management and specialized in guiding the careers of young actors. Clients included "Hannah Montana" regular Jason Earles.

In addition to her husband, survivors include daughter Tia Altobelli, also a talent agent.