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July 11, 1995 | JOHN M. GLIONNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Elizabeth Adams, the bawdy Beverly Hills madam whose lavish and lucrative prostitution network catered to a private world of millionaire businessmen, movie stars and Saudi Arabian sheiks, has died of heart complications. She was 60. Adams died at 7 p.m. Saturday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she had been in intensive care after recent open heart surgery, said Peter L. Knecht, a Hollywood lawyer and friend. With her were her son, Scott, his girlfriend, and a handful of close friends.
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July 11, 1995 | JOHN M. GLIONNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Elizabeth Adams, the bawdy Beverly Hills madam whose lavish and lucrative prostitution network catered to a private world of millionaire businessmen, movie stars and Saudi Arabian sheiks, has died of heart complications. She was 60. Adams died at 7 p.m. Saturday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she had been in intensive care after recent open heart surgery, said Peter L. Knecht, a Hollywood lawyer and friend. With her were her son, Scott, his girlfriend, and a handful of close friends.
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September 15, 1988 | PATT MORRISON, Times Staff Writer
The maid has brought in a plate with several jumbo shrimp curled in a pink heap and hands it to the woman on the vast, pillow-piled bed. Elizabeth Adams cleans the shrimp swiftly, chopping them into shreds and piling them onto a blue and white Chinese saucer. A smoke-gray Persian cat that has been lolling across a Battenberg lace pillow on the antique mahogany desk steps loftily onto a marble-topped table, and thence onto the bed. The shrimp is for him, as it is every day.
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March 16, 1993 | SHAWN HUBLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Cartier watches remain at large, as does the telltale Louis Vuitton bag. But part of the Beverly Hills Madam's nest egg has been recovered at last, four months after its mysterious theft. Elizabeth (Madam Alex) Adams--the onetime grand dame of high-priced prostitution in Los Angeles--said police last week returned what is left of a cache of jewels she had been banking on for her retirement. Stolen from the mirrored Bel-Air bathroom of Adams' close friend, Hollywood scion David Niven Jr.
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October 1, 1991 | JESSE KATZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The woman whose lavish and lucrative prostitution network earned her the nickname "Beverly Hills madam" will get probation instead of prison, largely because of police testimony that she was a valued informant, officials said Monday. Elizabeth Adams, 58, had faced a minimum jail term of three years for charges that she used her house above the Sunset Strip to pimp and pander, and attempted to enlist an undercover policewoman into her high-priced ring of call girls.
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January 6, 1990
A Los Angeles police detective testified Friday that alleged Beverly Hills madam Elizabeth Adams supplied him with valuable information, including the identity of a terrorist reportedly planning to bomb the British Parliament. In a pretrial hearing, Detective Mike Brambles described Adams as "extremely reliable" and said she identified people involved in child molestation and child pornography and provided information on drug dealers.
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December 2, 1989
A retired Los Angeles police detective testified Friday in a pretrial hearing for accused "Beverly Hills madam" Elizabeth Adams that his department knew and condoned her activities, and that she was a police "agent" who gathered information on several criminal cases. Glenn R. Souza, who also has worked as filmmaker Robert Evans' bodyguard, was the first witness to testify for the defense in its motion to dismiss charges of pandering, receiving stolen property and grand theft against Adams, 55.
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October 29, 1991
The woman whose high-priced prostitution business earned her the nickname "Beverly Hills Madam" and whose role as a police informant kept her from being tried as a pimp was sentenced Monday to 18 months' probation on a lesser charge. Elizabeth Adams, 58, could have been sentenced to six years in prison had she been convicted of charges that she acted as a pimp and panderer based in her home high above the Sunset Strip. She also was accused of trying to recruit an undercover policewoman in 1988.
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March 17, 1988
A woman whom police described as "a big-time madam" with an international clientele has been arrested at her home in the Hollywood Hills. Elizabeth Adams, 55, was charged in a felony complaint issued by the county district attorney's office with pandering, receiving stolen property and grand theft. Police Vice Sgt. Doug Nelson described Adams as "a big-time madam who sends women all over the world" and who employed "upwards of 100 women" at one time or another.
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October 26, 1989 | ALAN CITRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A lawyer for Elizabeth Adams, accused of running a brothel in the "Beverly Hills madam" case, filed a court motion for dismissal of the charges against her Wednesday on grounds that she worked for 16 years as an informant for the Los Angeles Police Department. Attorney Anthony P. Brooklier said Adams was protected from prosecution under a 1973 plea bargaining agreement with police.
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December 14, 1992 | SHAWN HUBLER
As if a working woman pushing 60 doesn't have enough to worry about these days, Elizabeth Adams' nest egg is gone. Someone, it seems, swiped it from the mirrored guest bathroom of a mansion in Bel-Air. "There were diamond bracelets and necklaces, sapphires and diamonds and pearls, gifts to me when I had started out and the Arabs had just found their black gold," Adams fumes. "Eighteen watches, Piagets and Cartiers. Half a million dollars worth, in a tan Louis Vuitton bag."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 1991
The woman whose high-priced prostitution business earned her the nickname "Beverly Hills Madam" and whose role as a police informant kept her from being tried as a pimp was sentenced Monday to 18 months' probation on a lesser charge. Elizabeth Adams, 58, could have been sentenced to six years in prison had she been convicted of charges that she acted as a pimp and panderer based in her home high above the Sunset Strip. She also was accused of trying to recruit an undercover policewoman in 1988.
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October 1, 1991 | JESSE KATZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The woman whose lavish and lucrative prostitution network earned her the nickname "Beverly Hills madam" will get probation instead of prison, largely because of police testimony that she was a valued informant, officials said Monday. Elizabeth Adams, 58, had faced a minimum jail term of three years for charges that she used her house above the Sunset Strip to pimp and pander, and attempted to enlist an undercover policewoman into her high-priced ring of call girls.
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May 19, 1990
How ironic that Pat Riley gets the NBA coach-of-the-year award right before his coaching (or lack thereof) contributed greatly to the Lakers' downfall against Phoenix. Example A: Games 1 and 3 are lost because Riley double-teams Kevin Johnson with the men who are guarding Tom Chambers and Jeff Hornacek. Solution: Double-team Johnson with the man guarding Kurt Rambis. Riley finally does this in Game 5. What took him so long?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 1990
A Los Angeles police detective testified Friday that alleged Beverly Hills madam Elizabeth Adams supplied him with valuable information, including the identity of a terrorist reportedly planning to bomb the British Parliament. In a pretrial hearing, Detective Mike Brambles described Adams as "extremely reliable" and said she identified people involved in child molestation and child pornography and provided information on drug dealers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 1989
A retired Los Angeles police detective testified Friday in a pretrial hearing for accused "Beverly Hills madam" Elizabeth Adams that his department knew and condoned her activities, and that she was a police "agent" who gathered information on several criminal cases. Glenn R. Souza, who also has worked as filmmaker Robert Evans' bodyguard, was the first witness to testify for the defense in its motion to dismiss charges of pandering, receiving stolen property and grand theft against Adams, 55.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 1992 | SHAWN HUBLER
As if a working woman pushing 60 doesn't have enough to worry about these days, Elizabeth Adams' nest egg is gone. Someone, it seems, swiped it from the mirrored guest bathroom of a mansion in Bel-Air. "There were diamond bracelets and necklaces, sapphires and diamonds and pearls, gifts to me when I had started out and the Arabs had just found their black gold," Adams fumes. "Eighteen watches, Piagets and Cartiers. Half a million dollars worth, in a tan Louis Vuitton bag."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 1993 | SHAWN HUBLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Cartier watches remain at large, as does the telltale Louis Vuitton bag. But part of the Beverly Hills Madam's nest egg has been recovered at last, four months after its mysterious theft. Elizabeth (Madam Alex) Adams--the onetime grand dame of high-priced prostitution in Los Angeles--said police last week returned what is left of a cache of jewels she had been banking on for her retirement. Stolen from the mirrored Bel-Air bathroom of Adams' close friend, Hollywood scion David Niven Jr.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 1989 | ALAN CITRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A lawyer for Elizabeth Adams, accused of running a brothel in the "Beverly Hills madam" case, filed a court motion for dismissal of the charges against her Wednesday on grounds that she worked for 16 years as an informant for the Los Angeles Police Department. Attorney Anthony P. Brooklier said Adams was protected from prosecution under a 1973 plea bargaining agreement with police.
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September 15, 1988 | PATT MORRISON, Times Staff Writer
The maid has brought in a plate with several jumbo shrimp curled in a pink heap and hands it to the woman on the vast, pillow-piled bed. Elizabeth Adams cleans the shrimp swiftly, chopping them into shreds and piling them onto a blue and white Chinese saucer. A smoke-gray Persian cat that has been lolling across a Battenberg lace pillow on the antique mahogany desk steps loftily onto a marble-topped table, and thence onto the bed. The shrimp is for him, as it is every day.
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