I'm trying to recall the word used to describe someone tyrannically demanding of talent/artists/actors. A despot.


Pretty sure it's the name of a character from a book. Maybe killed them in the book, not sure. Obviously I've never read it. Pretty common usage. "To be a ___".

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Sounds like you’re searching for "svengali".

The word "svengali" has come to refer to a person who, with evil intent, dominates, manipulates, and controls a creative person such as a singer or an actor.

source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Svengali

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    Thank you! Just could not spell that so as to search for it.
    – ficuscr
    Feb 5, 2018 at 17:44

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