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“I hate to say it, but kids are pieces of meat. I’ve never had anything but filet mignon. I’ve never had hamburger. My kids are the choice meat.”

592: Iris Burton

Talent Agent for Child Stars

Born: 4 September 1930, Manhattan, New York, United States of America

Died: 5 April 2008, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Original Name: Iris Burstein

Iris’s clients included River Phoenix and his siblings, the Olsen Twins (Mary-Kate and Ashley) Drew Barrymore, and more.

Iris started her career as a child dancer before moving to Broadway and later as a dancer in Hollywood films. Among the movies she appeared in were The Ten Commandments and Top Banana. After her dancing projects started to wane, she switched to working at a talent agency before later opening her own. Iris chose child stars because she knew the transition to adult stardom was hard to come by and gravitated towards wanting to help the younger generations.

She had one son, an actor who won a Tony award in 1985.

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