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October 15, 2001 | From a Times Staff Writer
Seymour Heller, a personal manager for leading entertainment industry figures--most notably the flamboyant pianist and showman Liberace--has died. He was 87. Heller, who signed Liberace in 1950 and represented the performer until his death in 1987, died Monday at his home in Beverly Hills. Born in Cleveland, Heller worked for MCA during his college years, representing some of the leading names in big band music, including Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, Guy Lombardo and Paul Whiteman.
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October 15, 2001 | From a Times Staff Writer
Seymour Heller, a personal manager for leading entertainment industry figures--most notably the flamboyant pianist and showman Liberace--has died. He was 87. Heller, who signed Liberace in 1950 and represented the performer until his death in 1987, died Monday at his home in Beverly Hills. Born in Cleveland, Heller worked for MCA during his college years, representing some of the leading names in big band music, including Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, Guy Lombardo and Paul Whiteman.
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February 3, 1987
Liberace, the flamboyant showman who parlayed a white piano and candelabra into a show business legend, was near death as family and friends gathered at his Palm Springs home, his publicist said. "It looks like death is imminent," said Denise Collier, press agent for the 67-year-old entertainer. "It's going to be within the next 24 to 48 hours." Collier described Liberace as being in a semi-conscious state suffering from pernicious anemia, complicated by advanced emphysema and heart disease.
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July 15, 1988
The executor of Liberace's estate has sued the late entertainer's personal manager to prevent him from disclosing confidential facts in a television movie about the pianist, according to court documents. The suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court by Joel Strote, also seeks unspecified damages from Seymour Heller, Liberace's personal manager for 36 years, for allegedly interfering with Strote's efforts to produce a television movie about the entertainer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 1988
The executor of Liberace's estate has sued the late entertainer's personal manager to prevent him from disclosing confidential facts in a television movie about the pianist, according to court documents. The suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court by Joel Strote, also seeks unspecified damages from Seymour Heller, Liberace's personal manager for 36 years, for allegedly interfering with Strote's efforts to produce a television movie about the entertainer.
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January 27, 1987 | Associated Press
Liberace is gravely ill with anemia, emphysema and heart disease, a publicist said today in a reversal of previous reports that the entertainer was suffering only from anemia brought on by a strict watermelon diet. The 67-year-old pianist is being treated by doctors at his home in Palm Springs, the spokeswoman, Denise Collier, said in a statement released in New York. His manager, Seymour Heller, on Monday had angrily denied a report in the Las Vegas Sun that Liberace has AIDS.
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February 5, 1987 | TED THACKREY JR., Times Staff Writer
Liberace, the musical showman who cried all the way to the bank when critics were more impressed by his wardrobe than by his piano technique, died Wednesday at his home in Palm Springs. He was 67, and his personal physician, Dr. Ronald Daniels, said death was due to congestive heart failure brought on by subacute encephalopathy, a general term for degenerative brain disease. Gathered inside the house where Daniels pronounced the entertainer dead at 2:05 p.m.
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August 17, 1988 | United Press International
Beverly Hills entertainment attorney Joel Strote won a court challenge Tuesday that sought to remove him as trustee of the multimillion-dollar Liberace trusts. "The evidence shows the job Mr. Strote did as trustee is an excellent job," said U.S. District Judge Michael Wendell. Liberace died of AIDS Feb. 4, 1987, two weeks after signing a new will that Strote drafted naming himself as executor and trustee.
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January 26, 1987 | United Press International
Entertainer Liberace has been admitted to Eisenhower Memorial Hospital for treatment of anemia, the hospital said Sunday. "Mr. Liberace has been admitted to Eisenhower Memorial Hospital for evaluation of anemia," the hospital statement said. "His condition is satisfactory." Associates of the 67-year-old entertainer said Liberace checked into the hospital Friday night for tests. Seymour Heller, Liberace's personal manager for 36 years, said the entertainer needs rest.
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February 6, 1987 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, Times Staff Writer
Riverside County officials have rejected Liberace's death certificate and plan to perform an autopsy on the entertainer, who died Wednesday amid reports that he had been suffering from AIDS. Coroner Ray Carillo and Sabas Rosas, who heads the coroner's office in Indio, are specifically questioning the word of Liberace's personal physician, Dr.
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February 5, 1987 | TED THACKREY JR., Times Staff Writer
Liberace, the musical showman who cried all the way to the bank when critics were more impressed by his wardrobe than by his piano technique, died Wednesday at his home in Palm Springs. He was 67, and his personal physician, Dr. Ronald Daniels, said death was due to congestive heart failure brought on by subacute encephalopathy, a general term for degenerative brain disease. Gathered inside the house where Daniels pronounced the entertainer dead at 2:05 p.m.
NEWS
February 3, 1987
Liberace, the flamboyant showman who parlayed a white piano and candelabra into a show business legend, was near death as family and friends gathered at his Palm Springs home, his publicist said. "It looks like death is imminent," said Denise Collier, press agent for the 67-year-old entertainer. "It's going to be within the next 24 to 48 hours." Collier described Liberace as being in a semi-conscious state suffering from pernicious anemia, complicated by advanced emphysema and heart disease.
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January 27, 1987 | Associated Press
Liberace is gravely ill with anemia, emphysema and heart disease, a publicist said today in a reversal of previous reports that the entertainer was suffering only from anemia brought on by a strict watermelon diet. The 67-year-old pianist is being treated by doctors at his home in Palm Springs, the spokeswoman, Denise Collier, said in a statement released in New York. His manager, Seymour Heller, on Monday had angrily denied a report in the Las Vegas Sun that Liberace has AIDS.
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January 28, 1987 | Associated Press
Liberace is gravely ill with anemia, emphysema and heart disease, a publicist said Tuesday, one day after his manager denied a report that the entertainer had AIDS and insisted that he simply was anemic from dieting on watermelons. The flashy 67-year-old showman, known by the trademark candelabra atop his piano, is under the care of doctors at his home here, according to a statement issued by publicist Denise Collier in New York.
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August 19, 1988 | PETER H. KING, Times Staff Writer
Question: Are you stating now that he left the party before it was over? Answer: When Liberace leaves . . . the party is over. That is what I am saying. --Dorothy McMahon, Liberace's maid, testifying about pianist's last Christmas. Celebrity is to Las Vegas what steel is to Pittsburgh. Here in the kingdom of Wayne and Frank, a city of excessive light and hyperbole, entertainers are fed to the strip's neon maw and made over as celebrities, as living legends. Immortals.
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