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Tracey Jacobs, “Woman of Impact”

by Johnny Depp
July 29, 2005

Darling Tracey,

Thank you is not nearly enough. You believed in me when no one else did, or would. You stuck by me through great difficulties, ugliness and beauty while others turned away. Your friendship, bravery, wisdom, strength, trust and love know no bounds. I am humbled by your devotion, inspired by your courage and conviction, blessed to have you in my life and proud to call you friend. I love you more than you will ever be able to comprehend.

As the old saying goes, “I’m nothing without you.”


Agent Tracey Jacobs was selected by Variety, the Hollywood trade paper, as a “Woman of Impact,” one of the most influential females in an industry where powerful women are still a rarity. Ms. Jacobs has represented Johnny Depp since his early days in Hollywood; in fact, it was Tracey who prevailed upon Johnny to meet Tim Burton and discuss playing Edward Scissorhands. Johnny has often spoken of Tracey’s loyalty to him despite career choices that could drive an ordinary agent round the bend—for example, turning down blockbusters like SPEED while electing to make the little-seen (but thoroughly brilliant) Dead Man.

Johnny celebrated Tracey’s being named a “Woman of Impact” by publishing the preceding letter in tribute to her. The letter appeared as a full-page ad in Variety on July 29, 2005.

-- editorial by Part-Time Poet