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Audrey Wood
AUDREY WOOD was born February 28, 1905, in New York City to William Wood, a theatre manager, and Ida Gaubatz. In 1927 she became a script reader at the Century Play Company and eventually became head of the department. In 1937 she opened her own agency to represent playwrights and soon after formed a business partnership with William Liebling (1894-1969), a successful agent for actors and director. They married in 1938. Wood contacted Tennessee Williams in 1939 and offered her services as an agent. Wood helped guide and focus Williams' writing and under her care he created some of his greatest works, including The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. During the 1940s and early 1950s, the Liebling-Wood agency represented some of the top talent in the industry. In addition to Tennessee Williams, their client list included writers William Inge and Carson McCullers; actors Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift, and Paul Newman; actresses Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, and Natalie Wood; and directors Elia Kazan and Joshua Logan. In 1954 William Liebling retired and the Liebling-Wood agency was purchased by the Music Corporation of America (MCA). She continued to represent her playwrights through the renamed firm, International Creative Management. In the mid 1960s she taught playwright workshops at several universities and later received an honorary PhD from Florida State University. She later served on the board of the American National Theater and Academy, the American Theater Wing and the New Dramatists Committee while teaching playwriting at Wesleyan University. Although her professional relationship with Tennessee Williams ended in the late 1960s, she continued to find and develop new writers such as Preston Jones and Arthur Kopit. In 1981, after completing the manuscript for her autobiography, Wood suffered a stroke, leaving her in a coma that eventually led to her death in 1985.

Bio as of June, 2010.



American Theatre Wing programs, interviews and/or credits include:

TBL - This Is Broadway (audio)
Audrey Wood - Listen Now.

Internet Broadway Database Listing (IBDB.com)