Lynne Hamilton

Lynne grew up listening to Shirley build her business both at the office and at home. She would take dictation of Shirley's "take home" at the age of twelve. She knew many of Shirley's clients when she was young and many of Shirley's clients knew Lynne when she was short. After earning her BS in Mathematics from Purdue University, and then her Masters in Theology, Lynne left teaching to join Shirley's agency full time. At Shirley Hamilton Inc, she has used her math and counseling skills everyday ever since. Lynne continues developing relationships between our clients ranging from ad agencies, film and print producers, and casting directors nationwide. Lynne carries on the spirit of Shirley's commitment to represent performers and advance their careers. 

Laurie Hamilton

 

Laurie joined the agency in 1992. She studied fine art at the University of Vienna, Austria, Fashion Illustration at The Art Institute of Chicago, and received her BA in Advertising and Editorial Art at the University of Kansas. Specializing in print, Laurie works with her clients to cast the most talented actors and models in the Midwest. Since joining the agency, Laurie has shepherd the Children's Division from a department to a specialty. As a mother of twins who had their first job in a movie at six months old and daughter of "the force", she has impacted the job in two perspectives. Laurie continues teaching in the industry and illustrating childen's books. 

KaCee Hudson

A Seattle native born to musicians, KaCee received her degree in Theatre Performance from Columbia College Chicago in May 2012 and holds 10 years of acting training and experience. Having a rich appreciation and understanding of art in all forms, KaCee was previously working in casting both at O'Connor Casting and independently as KCJ Casting before making the switch over to the talent agency side. KaCee is excited to be working with Chicago's best here at Shirley's and watching careers grow from the ground up. When not in the office, KaCee enjoys all kinds of adventures with her son, Jackson. 

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Kylie Stack

Kylie grew up in Springfield, MO where she began her theatre career as a young triple threat. Years of competative dance and performing in several theatrical productions lead her to Stephens College where she earned her B.F.A. in Theatre Arts. In 2012, Kylie danced her way to Chicago to pursue her career in acting. Upon arrival she interviewed at the renowned Goodman Theatre which took her theatre career in a different direction and off the stage. Shortly after beginning an internship at Shirley Hamilton she took on a full time position as the Executive Assistant/VO Agent/Bookkeeper. In Fall of 2015, Kylie was offered the role of a lifetime and now proudly acts as the Theatre agent at Shirley's! When she's not seeing her fabulous actors perform around the city, she's face-timing her ten niece's and nephews and raising awareness for Cystic Fibrosis - a cause very near her heart.  

Gianna Gaza

Gianna hails from the suburbs of Chicago - which means she has just enough class and sass to reign as Shirley's junior agent. She graduated from Columbia College with a degree in Journalism.  You may have known her as an industrious intern before she left to study abroad in Europe.  Upon her return Shirley's snapped her up to be our Commercial agent and we haven't looked back.  If you can't get Gianna on her email look for her at the pool. 

Klaudia Zelechowska

Klaudia was born in Poland, moved to Chicago at the age of 8, and started 3rd grade not knowing a word of English. In addition to having interned with Shirley's before joining the team, she has also interned at O'Connor Casting. Currently, she studies Communication and Marketing at Loyola University Chicago while serving as the Shirley Hamilton Talent executive assistant and digital media specialist. Klaudia is vegan and is passionate about the positive impact veganism has on the environment, lives of animals, and our health. Her favorite genre of literature is non-fiction. 

About Shirley

Born in Chicago to a young woman who found herself unable to care for a new daughter, Shirley was left on the steps of Robert Burns Hospital. The hospital staff loved Shirley and took care of her for almost 3 years.  They would take her home over the weekends.  A rather unique situation even for those times. On one of those weekends, Shirley’s Doctor-host had his regular poker party and a new couple was in attendance.  They asked about the delightful little lady running around the house.  When they heard the story they were delighted to adopt her, having no children of their own.

Ernie & Josie Hultgren were probably a middle income family.  Ernie, a music critic we’ve been told, and Josie, a high-end milliner and seamstress lead comfortable lives for the times (a little bungalow in Antioch for the summers, too), but were all but wiped out by the stock-market crash.  

Modeling was a perfect choice for a young woman not yet trained for different career, but around the same time, she met Grant Hamilton in junior year chemistry class.  He had to woo her a bit (away from a current boyfriend), but Grant didn’t give up and they became quite the couple. After high school Shirley went to work at Marshall Fields and was still modeling.  WWII broke out and Grant enlisted in the Air Corps.  They were engaged while Grant was training, and finally married on Memorial day weekend in Chicago.  After Grant's return from overseas they settled at the Clovis, New Mexico Air Force Base.

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Shirley and Grant returned to Chicago where he pursued a career in photography and Shirley started her own household. Shirley got into the business in the 1950's while working for Patricia Stevens, who owned Chicago's biggest talent agency and modeling school. Stevens, who was about to marry a colorful car dealer by the name of Earl “Mad Man” Muntz, needed someone to take over her Saturday afternoon TV show while she was on her honeymoon. Stevens called her into her office, where she was sitting under a hair dryer, Mrs. Hamilton later recalled, to tell her she was the anointed one. Mrs. Hamilton knew nothing about TV show production, but she rose to the occasion.  Soon thereafter, she was named director of the Stevens’ modeling agency (Reel Chicago).