This edition: Floria Lasky, theatrical attorneyTweet
Original tape date: May 25, 2007.
This week's episode of Women in Theatre reprises the interview with Floria Lasky, an influential lawyer in the theatre world, who died last month from cancer. She was 84 years old.
Lasky's prominent clients included Jerome Robbins, Elia Kazan, Tennessee Williams, Burl Ives, David Merrick, Gypsy Rose Lee, Jule Styne, Frederick Loewe and Carson McCullers. She also helped execute many of their estates, catalogues and foundations after their deaths, licensing the rights to their works for reproductions at worldwide institutions post-mortem.
In one of the last interviews of her life, Lasky describes her many years as a high profile lawyer and even hints at a new production of a beloved Jerome Robbins work. She also describes her difficulties in securing a job in a law firm as a female Jewish law graduate, and then her success in becoming the first woman to break into the legal sphere of Broadway and beyond.
Lasky was a graduate of Hunter College and New York University Law School, after which she joined the law firm of Fitelson & Mayers, where she would stay for the next 62 years, eventually becoming a principal.
Women in Theatre is hosted by Linda Winer, theatre critic of Newsday. It is co-produced by the League of Professional Theatre Women and CUNY TV. This episode originally aired on May 25, 2007.