Emerson the Performing Duck



Meet the Author

Maria lapides

Maria D’Arcangelo Lapides is a first-time children’s book author with an extensive backgound in the entertainment industry in Hollywood. She graduated from Emerson College, landed her first job at Creative Artist’s Agency (CAA) as Michael Ovitz’s assistant and learned the ropes from there. Destined to work with talent and having the finesse to do so, she went on to form her own talent management company Arc Angel and handled the careers of Lenny Clarke, Ellen DeGeneres, Carlos Mencia, Carole Montgomery, Adam Sandler and Pauly Shore to name a few. After that she went on to produce The Kevin and Bean Show on the World Famous KROQ radio in Los Angeles. While doing that she introduced her husband Howard also an Emersonian to KROQ’s talent and together they handled the careers of Kennedy, Jimmy Kimmel, Adam Carolla, Carson Daly, Dr. Drew, Tom Green, Mike Catherwood, Ellen K and a host of others.

She has her own successful Organizing Company, Angel Retentive where she has a discreet clientele who only want her in their drawers! She has two grown  children, one who also graduated Emerson and one who puts out fires all the time. Living with MS she is a patient advocate and supports the local and national MS Societies. Her second book Emerson the Performing Duck Goes to Hollywood is due out next year.

She resides in Los Angeles.