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|
Irene Diamond was born Irene Levine on May 7, 1910 to immigrant parents.
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 on a visit to New York City 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.
Diamond was co-chair of the Aaron Diamond Foundation with her husband from the 1950s onwards. Following his sudden death in 1985, Diamond became the sole president of the foundation. They established the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center in 1991.
Diamond died on January 21, 2003 in New York City.
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