I’m told it was a very amicable and mutual decision since she’s been dividing her time between Los Angeles and Aspen (as well as her beloved Africa). After being mentored in the movie biz by director Mike Nichols, Luttrell joined ICM in 1983 when it bought her agency, Robinson/Luttrell and Associates. “Why it worked as long as it did dates back to her early agent years when Martha’s relationships with artists were bonded both professionally and personally,” one longtime pal tells me. “Somehow Martha was able to keep those kinds of relationships going within the structure of a large company. She also demonstrated that an agent could be in business with people over the course of their careers.” Her friends tell me that as committed as she was to her career, she was never consumed by it — and as much time as she found for the movie industry she also found time to enjoy the things that engaged her personally like her great passion for Africa and its national parks.
ICM Chairman/CEO Jeff Berg said in a statement: “We have tremendous respect for Martha and what she has accomplished for the agency and her clients. After working with her for so many years, she will be greatly missed.” Noted Luttrell: “My years at ICM have been extremely rewarding. I have loved my work, and I thank Jeff and my colleagues for being so supportive of my desire to retire. According to ICM, her clients including Susan Sarandon, Judy Davis, Sam Shepard, and Stephen Rea will remain at the agency.