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David Haber, Manager, Agent And Philanthropist Dies

TORONTO (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — David Haber, a manager and consultant who directed arts festivals for the Vancouver and Montreal world's fairs and a former artistic director of the National Ballet of Canada, has died. He was 81.

Born in Montreal Canada on July 15, 1927, he began his career in the arts in 1948 in Ottawa with the Canadian Repertory Theatre Company.

According to CBC, Haber joined the National Ballet in 1951 as the company's first production stage manager and managed the company's first Canadian and U.S. tours, as well as its European debut tour.

He moved to the William Morris Agency in New York where his clients included Gielgud, Marlene Dietrich and Mahalia Jackson among others.

Other positions held by Haber were with the National Film Board and National Arts Centre and as an arts consultant, working for the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D.C., and the Houston International Arts Festival.

Haber was dedicated to raising funds for HIV/AIDS research and the Houston Ballet School later in life. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers