OUR MISSION


The Edward F. Limato Foundation is dedicated to supporting the dramatic arts and LGBT causes through scholarship and endowment.

SINCE 2012,  OUR OUTREACH HAS GROWN EXPONENTIALLY EACH YEAR.

ORGANIZATIONS WE SUPPORT


GLSEN

The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression... Read more

Los Angeles LGBT Center

The Los Angeles LGBT Center is building a world where LGBT people thrive as healthy, equal and complete members of society... Read more

West House

Our mission is to create a home-like environment dedicated to enriching quality of life and upholding personal dignity by providing compassionate resident-centered care... Read more

Newberg Boosters

The Newberg Booster Club is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to actively support and promote the academic, athletic, and extra-curricular activity programs of the Newberg School District... Read more

Elton John Aids Foundation

At the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) we believe that AIDS can be beaten. We act on that belief by raising funds for evidence-based programs and policies, and also by speaking out with honesty and compassion about the realities of people’s lives... Read more

Los Angeles Conservancy

The Los Angeles Conservancy is a nonprofit membership organization that works through education and advocacy to recognize, preserve, and revitalize the historic architectural and cultural resources of Los Angeles County... Read more

One Voice

We are One Voice, a non profit organization helping families living at poverty level within our community. Our programs range from providing emergency relief services to families in immediate crises to a scholars program designed to better the quality of people’s lives... Read more

Open Media Foundation

The Open Media Foundation (OMF) is an innovative media and technology nonprofit organization dedicated to putting the power of the media in the hands of the people, enabling everyone to engage in their community and bring about the change they wish to see in the world... Read more

West House

Our mission is to create a home-like environment dedicated to enriching quality of life and upholding personal dignity by providing compassionate resident-centered care... Read more

Peter Seligman Foundation

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Motion Picture and Television Fund

To create a sense of community among entertainment industry workers and cultivate their philanthropic spirit in support of sustaining a safety net of programs and services for the benefit of fellow industry members in times of need... Read more

Clare Foundation

To provide effective and compassionate treatment, recovery and prevention services for alcoholism and substance abuse to individuals, families, and the community... Read more

Abzyme Research Foundation

Abzyme Research Foundation (ARF) is propelling one promising HIV vaccine/AIDS cure approach into human trials. We want to #ENDHIV... Read more

Manhattan Theatre Club

Our mission at MTC is to produce a season of innovative work with a series of productions as broad and diverse as New York itself... Read more

Hope for Paws

We rescue dogs and all other animals who are suffering on the streets and in the shelters. Our goal is to educate people on the importance of companion animals in our society... Read more

Cornish College of the Arts

The mission of Cornish College of the Arts is to provide students aspiring to become practicing artists with an educational program of the highest possible quality, in an environment that nurtures creativity... Read more

Los Angeles LGBT Center

The Los Angeles LGBT Center is building a world where LGBT people thrive as healthy, equal and complete members of society... Read more

GLSEN

The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression... Read more

Open Media Foundation

The Open Media Foundation (OMF) is an innovative media and technology nonprofit organization dedicated to putting the power of the media in the hands of the people, enabling everyone to engage in their community and bring about the change they wish to see in the world... Read more

Point Foundation

Point Foundation is a champion for equal access to higher education, providing LGBTQ students with scholarships, mentoring, leadership development, and community service training... Read more

West House

Our mission is to create a home-like environment dedicated to enriching quality of life and upholding personal dignity by providing compassionate resident-centered care... Read more

GLSEN

The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression... Read more

Peter Seligman Foundation

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Motion Picture and Television Fund

To create a sense of community among entertainment industry workers and cultivate their philanthropic spirit in support of sustaining a safety net of programs and services for the benefit of fellow industry members in times of need... Read more

Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation

To accelerate breakthroughs, the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation provides today’s best young scientists with funding to pursue innovative cancer research... Read more

Elton John Aids Foundation

At the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) we believe that AIDS can be beaten. We act on that belief by raising funds for evidence-based programs and policies, and also by speaking out with honesty and compassion about the realities of people’s lives... Read more

Los Angeles Conservancy

The Los Angeles Conservancy is a nonprofit membership organization that works through education and advocacy to recognize, preserve, and revitalize the historic architectural and cultural resources of Los Angeles County... Read more

Educational Alliance

Educational Alliance, a 126-year-old New York institution, is a vibrant, dynamic organization serving New Yorkers from all walks of life... Read more

Rise Above Series

Rise Above Foundation is a nonprofit dedicated to providing Massachusetts children in foster care with enriching activities, opportunities, and experiences... Read more

The Daddio Collective

The Daddio Collective is a Charity Dedicated to Changing the Lives of Children.Animals.Communities... Read more

Los Angeles LGBT Center

The Los Angeles LGBT Center is building a world where LGBT people thrive as healthy, equal and complete members of society... Read more

Charity Water

charity: water is a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations... Read more

Manhattan Theatre Club

Our mission at MTC is to produce a season of innovative work with a series of productions as broad and diverse as New York itself... Read more

Mount Sinai Hospital

Founded in 1852, The Mount Sinai Hospital is a 1,171-bed, tertiary-care teaching facility acclaimed internationally for excellence in clinical care... Read more

Cornish College of the Arts

The mission of Cornish College of the Arts is to provide students aspiring to become practicing artists with an educational program of the highest possible quality, in an environment that nurtures creativity... Read more

NYU Tisch School of the Arts

The School of the Arts at New York University was founded in 1965 to provide rigorous conservatory training in theater and film in the context of a great research university... Read more

Julliard

The mission of The Juilliard School is to provide the highest caliber of artistic education for gifted musicians, dancers, and actors from around the world, so that they may achieve their fullest potential as artists, leaders, and global citizens. Read more

Motion Picture and Television Fund

To create a sense of community among entertainment industry workers and cultivate their philanthropic spirit in support of sustaining a safety net of programs and services for the benefit of fellow industry members in times of need... Read more

Elton John Aids Foundation

At the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) we believe that AIDS can be beaten. We act on that belief by raising funds for evidence-based programs and policies, and also by speaking out with honesty and compassion about the realities of people’s lives... Read more

Los Angeles Conservancy

The Los Angeles Conservancy is a nonprofit membership organization that works through education and advocacy to recognize, preserve, and revitalize the historic architectural and cultural resources of Los Angeles County... Read more

Family Equality Council

Family Equality Council is changing attitudes and policies to ensure all families are respected, loved, and celebrated - especially families with parents who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender... Read more

Barak Ballet

Conceived as the dance company for dancers, Barak Ballet is dedicated to envisioning, developing and performing contemporary dance interpretations for the modern age... Read more

GLAAD

GLAAD rewrites the script for LGBT acceptance. As a dynamic media force, GLAAD tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change... Read more

City Year

Our culture is the air we breathe - it is the set of values, structures and practices that creates an environment in which idealism can be successfully practiced... Read more

Live Out Loud

Inspiring and empowering LGBT youth by connecting them with successful LGBT professionals in their community... Read more

Providence Film Festival

Equally devoted to expanding the audience for independent film and to serving our Provincetown community by filling the void for annual film programming and reflecting the community’s rich diversity in our selected films and honorees... Read more

Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation

To accelerate breakthroughs, the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation provides today’s best young scientists with funding to pursue innovative cancer research... Read more

Peter Seligman Foundation

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Truth Aid

Truth Aid produces multimedia content about the social barriers to well being and translates research into action... Read more

GLSEN

The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression... Read more

Point Foundation

Point Foundation is a champion for equal access to higher education, providing LGBTQ students with scholarships, mentoring, leadership development, and community service training... Read more

Los Angeles LGBT Center

The Los Angeles LGBT Center is building a world where LGBT people thrive as healthy, equal and complete members of society... Read more

Rise Above Series

Rise Above Foundation is a nonprofit dedicated to providing Massachusetts children in foster care with enriching activities, opportunities, and experiences... Read more

Cornish College of the Arts

The mission of Cornish College of the Arts is to provide students aspiring to become practicing artists with an educational program of the highest possible quality, in an environment that nurtures creativity... Read more

NYU Tisch School of the Arts

The School of the Arts at New York University was founded in 1965 to provide rigorous conservatory training in theater and film in the context of a great research university... Read more

Julliard

The mission of The Juilliard School is to provide the highest caliber of artistic education for gifted musicians, dancers, and actors from around the world, so that they may achieve their fullest potential as artists, leaders, and global citizens... Read more

“Great Legends are usually people who die young because they didn’t live long enough to spoil their image”

-Ed Limato

ABOUT ED LIMATO


Ed Limato was an iconic Hollywood talent agent who spent more than four decades guiding the careers of superstars such as Mel Gibson, Richard Gere, Michelle Pfeiffer, Denzel Washington and Steve Martin.

Edward Frank Limato was born on July 10, 1936 in Mount Vernon, New York into a middle class Italian American family.   As a young man, he left home and traveled the country, earning money as a disc jockey. Continued restlessness took him to Europe in 1966, where he eventually landed a job on the film set of “The Taming of the Shrew” as an assistant to director Franco Zeffirelli. From a very young age, Limato loved movies and movie stars. He seemed obsessed with the business of Hollywood and studied the trade papers.  In a 1990 Vanity Fair article, actor Michael York, who met Limato on the set, said, “I was the first person to tell him he should be an agent. I told him he must obey his destiny and go to the mailroom.” With the help of Zeffirelli’s agent, Limato returned to New York and took a job in the mailroom at Ashley-Famous Agency, which eventually became International Famous Agency – where he was promoted to junior agent. Later, Ashley-Famous merged with Creative Management Associates to become International Creative Management. He transferred to ICM’s west coast office but was lured away to the William Morris Agency in 1978 by Stan Kamen. He transferred to ICM’s west coast office but was lured away to the William Morris Agency in 1978 by Stan Kamen. He remained there until 1986 when, after a series of secret meetings with ICM CEO Jeff Berg and agent Sam Cohn, he returned to the agency that gave him his start.

While the laity imagines a Hollywood talent agent as something they’ve seen on “Entourage,” Ed Limato had his own definition. He was in a class by himself – an iconoclast, as Vanity Fair once called him – a talent agent who glided through Hollywood with poise and panache. He hearkened back to the Golden Age, a time when men were more refined and elegant, as if he were preparing for an evening at the Mocambo. Yet despite his reverence for Hollywood of yore, his client list kept him active and relevant into the 21st century. He was as colorful as he was powerful. Always handsomely coiffed and impeccably dressed, Limato would promenade into the office wearing Italian suits of mustard yellow or salmon pink, rallying to his assistants, “Let’s talk to the stars.”

Limato’s love for old Hollywood was not just apparent in his demeanor, his two acre Coldwater Canyon Estate, known as “Heather House,” was built in 1936 by movie stars Dick Powell and Joan Blondell and later owned by George Raft. The game room was adorned with Hirschfeld caricatures acquired from the old MGM commissary, and his screening room was named after Marlene Dietrich. He even gave his assistants a list of classic Hollywood films that they were to watch and report back to him with analysis.

Limato suggested Michelle Pfeiffer for the role in “Scarface,” which launched her career. He begged Richard Gere to star in “Pretty Woman” after the actor expressed trepidation. Over the years, Limato watched joyfully as his clients ascended to the Hollywood “A’ list. They took him along too, and he was eventually named ICM co-president.

Although it’s common for clients to jump from agency to agency, Limato inspired loyalty from the likes of Gere, Gibson and Washington, who have been with him for most of their careers. He was often criticized for maintaining his own agency within the agency, because his office consisted of three trainees (he referred to them as “number 1,” “number 2,” and “number 3), a personal assistant, an attorney and a story editor. But while most agents are all about the deal, Limato serviced the client. Because of his unique style, Gere, Gibson, Washington and Martin did not have managers. Limato was a full-service agent.
In 2006, ICM merged with Broder Webb Chervin Silbermann, primarily a TV literary agency. But within a year, the seams at the new agency came apart. Limato claimed both his authority and stature were being undermined by the new regime, which, he alleged, planned on forcing him into a consultant position and early retirement. Limato wanted out of his contract. ICM refused. The dispute was taken to arbitration, where Limato challenged a 3-year non-compete clause, which forbade him to work for another agency. The battle became a publicity nightmare for ICM, as it played out in the national news.

During arbitration, Limato’s lawyers argued that his contract dated back to the mid-90s and was bound by an obscure California law known as the “seven year rule,” stating that anyone who renders extraordinary or unique services cannot be bound to a contract for more than seven years. On August 13, 2007, the arbitrator found in favor of the agent and against ICM. With Limato a free agent, Variety wrote, “”Ed Limato’s arbitration victory over ICM…puts into play not only one of Hollywood’s most senior and revered agents but also the most important client list in a generation.” Limato was one of the few talent agents who could boast a fistful of clients with salaries of more than 20 million dollars a film plus first dollar gross. Almost immediately, he and his talent list made a return trip to the venerable William Morris Agency, which merged with Endeavor in June 2009 to form WME. Some industry insiders claim that ICM has not yet recovered from Limato’s exit.

When Limato wasn’t negotiating deals for the rich and famous, he served on the boards of Abercrombie & Fitch, the LA Conservancy, the American Cinematheque, and the MPTF.

Limato was the last of the great Hollywood talent agents – a breed that dwindled with the loss of Stan Kamen and Irving “Swifty” Lazar. Over the years, his client list read like a who’s who of Hollywood royalty and Oscar winners, including Antonio Banderas, Michael Biehn, Nicholas Cage, Kevin Costner, Russell Crowe, Claire Danes, Geena Davis, James Franco, Matthew Fox, Ava Gardner, Melanie Griffith, Goldie Hawn, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Thomas Jane, Frank Langella, Jennifer Lopez, Derek Luke, director Adrian Lyne, Madonna, Matthew McConaughey, Bette Midler, Liam Neeson, Sam Neill, Nate Parker, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dennis Quaid, Doris Roberts, Diana Ross, Sylvester Stallone, Sharon Stone, Meryl Streep, Paul Walker and Marlon Brando. To Limato, his clients were less business and more family. He was known to cry when one would leave him for another agent. Instead of family photographs in his living room, he kept exquisitely framed headshots of every actor he ever represented. He was loyal and stood by clients Gibson, Robert Downey, Jr. and Winona Ryder during their darkest times.

Limato’s fame as an agent might have only been eclipsed by his annual Oscar party, a relaxed but star-studded event that was held at his home the Friday before the Academy Awards. Limato reigned supreme over the party in flamboyant regalia and bare feet. The guest list looked like the hall of fame from politics, movies, TV, music and literature. Invitations were coveted and entrée to the event was often sport to Hollywood lounge lizards and posers who struggled to find a way in.

Even in his final days, Limato played host to those who came to say good-bye. He passed away surrounded by the conviviality that always made him happy. Judy Garland sang in the background as movie stars, their spouses and children, fellow agents, co-workers, producers, studio heads, old friends and family gathered around, brought flowers and food, ate homemade Italian meatballs, drank cocktails, laughed, cried and shared stories of the talent agent who could outshine any star in Hollywood.

This was, perhaps, his greatest tribute. In Hollywood, when one can no longer help another get ahead, he becomes irelevant and obsolete. In the end, Limato could be of no help to anyone. He couldn’t slip a script to Mel or convince Denzel to star in a movie. He wasn’t taking your call. The negotiations were over. But visitors came in droves anyway – a procession fit for a king. They came not to get ahead, not to make a deal but to simply show their respect and love.

Ed Limato passed away from lung disease on July 3, 2010.   He had no children but nurtured, inspired and shepherded many young Hollywood professionals – his entourage – who learned the business from him.  They continue his legacy.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES & NO. 1

ABOUT RICHARD KONIGSBERG


As the youngest of 3 boys, Richard Konigsberg has been managing expectations from his earliest beginnings. Richard was born and raised in New Rochelle, NY where he remained until the age of 18 when he enrolled at George Washington University in Washington D.C. As the son of a NYC Certified Public Accountant, Richard followed in his father’s footsteps and received his BA in Business Administration with a Major concentration in Personal Finance. Though finance came naturally to Richard, it was his true passion for entertainment and Hollywood talent that lead him to intern for legendary agent Sam Cohn in the summer of his Junior year at GWU. After that summer, Richard knew that he could successfully combine his love of entertainment and his talent with finance in a career in management and applied for a position in the agent training program at the Los Angeles offices of International Creative Management. He was accepted in May of 1988 and had established his new home in Los Angeles by August of the same year.

Konigsberg soon Found himself in the mail room of ICM learning the names and faces of all the of the major players in Hollywood. It was only a few months later at the company Holiday party in Beverly Hills that Konigsberg would meet the man who would become his best friend and mentor, Edward F. Limato.

Not long after that fateful introduction, Richard became Ed’s assistant and worked for him for many years. Eventually Richard was promoted to an agent at ICM where he represented several major actors in Television and Film. After a lengthy legal battle, where Limato sued ICM to be let out out of his contract, Konigsberg left ICM to start his own business, and in 2008 started RKM where he still works today. Richard and Ed remained friends until his death in July of 2010.

Richard is excited to continue the legacy and memory of Ed Limato by establishing The Edward F. Limato Foundation. Richard is honored to have been a part of Ed’s life and shared in his experiences and hopes that through the foundation those who did not know Ed get to know the man behind the stars and share in the journey of his legacy and light.

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THE EDWARD F. LIMATO FOUNDATION

400 N. MANSFIELD AVENUE

LOS ANGELES, CA  90036

EMAIL: RICHARD@LIMATOFOUNDATION.ORG

PHONE:  310.433.2474

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