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He began his entertainment career in the mailroom at the William Morris Agency, quickly becoming an agent and promoting the careers of Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt and the Eagles, among others. The lyrics of Joni Mitchell's "Free Man in Paris" (1975) were drawn from things Geffen, a close friend in the early 1970s, told her.
He founded the Geffen Film Company, producing dark-tinged comedies such as (the 1986 version of) Little Shop of Horrors and Beetlejuice, and was the Broadway backer for Dreamgirls and Cats. In 1994, Geffen co-founded the DreamWorks SKG studio with Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg.
According to Forbes Magazine ("The 400 Richest Americans of 2004") and other sources, Geffen has pledged to give whatever money he makes from now on to charity (although he has not specified specific charities or the manner of his giving).
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