One of the first agents to become a studio head, Begelman had a long and distinguished entertainment career that came to be overshadowed by one of Hollywood's most notorious financial scandals. (The episode received book-length coverage in David McClintick's 1982 bestseller, "Indecent Exposure.") The co-founder of a powerful talent agency and the head of two major film studios, Begelman entered show business in 1948 as an agent with Music Corp. of America. There he spent 11 years representing such stars as Judy Garland, Paul Newman and Barbra Streisand. When Begelman resigned in 1960, he had risen to VP of special programs. With fellow MCA alumnus Freddie Fields, Begelman launched Creative Management Associates with just four clients--Garland, Polly Bergen, Phil Silvers and Kirk Douglas. Over the years, CMA grew to become a top agency, representing major talents and packaging projects for film and TV. When CMA acquired General Artists Corp. in 1968, Begelman was named vice chairman and made a member of the executive committee. He left CMA in 1968 to head the financially troubled Columbia Pictures.