July 26, 1992 |
Frank Sinatra has always done it his way. But which way did the producers of the upcoming "Sinatra" TV miniseries do it? Did they tell the real story of the performer's long, legendary career, or did they create a sanitized version, minus the Mafia associations, the marital infidelities and the ties to various politicos? With the imprimatur given the project by Sinatra--he cooperated in its production and has sanctioned it as an "official" biography, in lieu of a book--and with the presence of his youngest daughter, Tina, as executive producer, skeptics could be excused for expecting a fawning tale, a whitewashed rendering of the controversial entertainer's life story.
May 1, 1985 |
James Bates, executor of the Conrad Hilton estate, charged Tuesday that a suit by the California attorney general is aimed at pressuring him to sell a controlling block of Hilton Hotels stock to Golden Nugget. In papers filed for a crucial court hearing today, Bates and Hilton Hotels alleged that Golden Nugget lawyers "instigated" a petition by Atty. Gen. John Van de Kamp last week that asks the Los Angeles County Superior Court to bar Bates from voting the estate's 27.
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April 28, 1993 |
A Los Angeles federal judge has dismissed an unusual libel suit by a high-powered Beverly Hills entertainment lawyer who charged that celebrity author Kitty Kelley defamed him when she thanked him for acting as a source for her unauthorized biography of Nancy Reagan. In Kelley's controversial 1991 book on the former First Lady, she listed attorney Mickey Rudin as one of 612 sources--the people she said had made "the most important contribution to this book."
December 16, 1999 |
Milton A. "Mickey" Rudin, a colorful and powerful entertainment lawyer whose name popped into Variety and mainstream news media regularly, along with such stellar clients as Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe, has died at the age of 79. Rudin, who practiced law and made Hollywood waves for more than 50 years, died Monday of pneumonia at the Rehabilitation Center of Beverly Hills, according to publicist Lee Solters.
June 26, 1987 |
The County Museum of Art managed two splashy, artsy parties two nights running this week--closing down the "Treasures of the Holy Land" Tuesday night, opening the "Russia, the Land, the People" exhibit Wednesday. Although the legendary Dr. Armand Hammer made it only on Wednesday night (he has been slowed down slightly by some broken ribs), lots of art mavens made it on both go-rounds.
May 29, 1998 |
The question of whether Frank Sinatra was or wasn't a jazz singer will probably be argued by jazz fans forever. But did Sinatra think of himself as a jazz artist? Bill Miller, his longtime accompanist, thinks the answer is "yes." "I think he did, without saying it," says Miller. "He never said it, that I remember. But then he never called himself a pop singer either.