Irene Diamond

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Irene Diamond
Born Irene Levine
May 7, 1910
Died January 21, 2003
New York City, U.S.
Residence Upper East Side, Manhattan, New York City, U.S.
Occupation Talent scout, philanthropist
Spouse(s) Aaron Diamond

Irene Diamond (May 7, 1910 – January 21, 2003) was a Hollywood talent scout and later in life a philanthropist.

Early life[edit]

Irene Diamond was born Irene Levine was born on May 7, 1910.[1]

Career[edit]

Diamond was an assistant editor for Warner Brothers in their story division. During a 25-year collaboration with producer Hal B. Wallis, she made recommendations on many scripts, including The Maltese Falcon and Dark Victory. In 1941 she read an unproduced play titled Everybody Comes to Rick's, by Murray Burnett and Joan Alison. After she persuaded Wallis to purchase the script for $20,000, he retitled it and produced the film Casablanca.[1]

Philanthropy[edit]

Diamond was co-chair of the Aaron Diamond Foundation with her husband from the 1950s onwards.[1] They established the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center in 1991.[1]

Diamond founded the Irene Diamond Fund in 1994.[1] The fund endowed AIDS research.[1]

In 1999, then U.S. President Bill Clinton presented her with the National Medal of Arts award. She was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2001.[2]

Irene Diamond Building at the Juilliard School

Personal life[edit]

She was married to real estate developer Aaron Diamond.[1] They resided on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City.[1]

Death[edit]

Diamond died on January 21, 2003 in New York City.[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Saxon, Wolfgang (January 23, 2003). "Irene Diamond, Philanthropist, Is Dead at 92". The New York Times. Retrieved June 4, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Book of Members, 1780–2010: Chapter D" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved July 25, 2014.