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'sex, lies' and Morgan Mason

May 27, 1989|NIKKI FINKE | Times Staff Writer

After leaving the White House in 1982, Mason returned to Los Angeles to become executive vice president at the public relations firm Rogers & Cowan. He set up the introductions that led to the hiring of his White House buddy, Muffy Brandon, and brought on board such corporate clients as Gladden Entertainment, run by friends Bruce McNall and David Begelman.

In 1984, he joined Don King to promote the Jacksons' Victory Tour. A year later, Mason used his connections yet again--this time, to successfully pitch an idea for a film about the presidential advance team to McNall and Begelman. He was now in the film business.

Five years ago he met Carlisle at a restaurant opening when she was the Go-Go's lead singer with a reputation for drinking and drug abuse. They married in 1986.

Today, only their closest friends know how instrumental Mason was in Carlisle's transformation into the slim and successful solo artist and substance-free health nut she is today. "I would have ended up dead," Carlisle says. "But having a great relationship made everything more easy."

About the only setback Mason has experienced of late involves his Brentwood restaurant, Mason's, which opened a year ago. Though begun auspiciously enough with a long list of celebrity investors including Kenny Rogers, Barry Manilow and Olivia Newton-John, it received several bad reviews right away.

Meanwhile, he is savoring the success of "sex, lies and videotape," which will be distributed by Miramax in mid-August, and continuing to take advantage of his connections.

His wife will star in his second movie, a comedy entitled "Him," which is being financed by Musifilm. And he is co-producing "Man of the Hour" with Diane Keaton, who is also the star of the film being underwritten by Musifilm and Universal. As it happens, Keaton not only is a client of Mason's buddy Burnham, but also she directed two of Carlisle's hit videos.

And after that? "Literally 10 other projects in development. But how many of those will get made is unknown. And, anyway," Mason says with satisfaction, "I really enjoy the feeling that I don't know what's going to happen to me next."

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