Aaron Russo, who managed Bette Midler and went on to produce such films as "Trading Places," has died. He was 64.
Russo died Friday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center from cancer, said Heidi Gregg, his girlfriend of more than two decades. Russo, who had been battling the disease for nearly six years, was surrounded by family, she said.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1943 and raised on Long Island, Russo began promoting rock 'n' roll shows at a local theater while still in high school, according to a biography he wrote and posted on his website. He later opened the Kinetic Playground nightclub in Chicago.
In the 1970s, Russo managed Bette Midler, producing the Tony Award-winning "Clams on the Half-Shell Revue," starring the singer. During that time he also managed the Manhattan Transfer vocal group.