Mr. S: My Life with Frank Sinatra

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Zondervan, Apr 28, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages
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"Mr. S: My Life with Frank Sinatra, by former valet-aide George Jacobs with an oh-so-able assist by William Stadiem, has at least five quotable and shocking remarks about the famous on every page. The fifteen years Jacobs toiled for Frank produces a classic of its genre -- a gold-star gossip-lover's dream....

"The rest is showbiz history as it was, and only Ava Gardner, Humphrey Bogart, and Betty Bacall are spared. Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, Juliet Prowse, Noel Coward, Cole Porter, Mia Farrow, Elvis Presley, Swifty Lazar, Dean Martin, Peggy Lee, Sammy Davis Jr., Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo, Jimmy van Heusen, Edie Goetz, Peter Lawford, and all of the Kennedys come in for heaping portions of 'deep dish,' served hot. Sordid, trashy, funny, and so rat-a-tat with its smart inside info and hip instant analysis that some of it seems too good to be true....

 

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Good story telling. Humorous, and neat insider information, but you still get the feeling George is protecting certain information, which is fine.
Overall, I liked it, but I always felt some level
of detail was missing or omitted from George's story telling. I guess you have to protect the innocent (who may or may not be alive) in some ways. I got the feeling George and "Mr. S" were great friends and truly loved each other, even after George was unceremoniously let go.
Recommended.
 

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"Mr. S: My Life with Frank Sinatra," by his valet of 15 years, George Jacobs (whom Sinatra fired for dancing with Mia Farrow), is filled with enough vanity, insecurity, envy, racism, drinking, smoking, womanizing and deal-making for three lifetimes. Jacobs takes the reader into the "board room" and the bedroom to reveal intimate portraits of the supremely talented larger-than-life Chairman himself, the woman he never stopped loving (Ava Gardner), mobster associates like one-time Al Capone "wheel man" Sam Giancana, that pitiful plaything of the rich and famous, Marilyn Monroe, and the utterly vile Kennedy father (who was even "crueler about Jews than he was about blacks") and his charismatic, whore-mongering son (drinking, drugs and round-the-clock sex that had even the insatiable Sinatra panting).
If Ronald Reagan's motto was "Win one for the Gipper," JFK's (and Sinatra’s) surely had to be "Win one for the Zipper."
Hal Bass
 

Contents

Last Tango in Beverly Hills
1
Swifty
21
From Eternity to Here
45
Gangland
80
Camelot
117
Flirting with Disaster
148
Jet Set
178
Generation Gap
215
Aftermath
251
Acknowledgments
261
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About the author (2009)

George Jacobs has refused countless offers to tell his story. Until now. A master chef and carpenter, he lives not far from the old Sinatra compound in Palm Springs, Florida, where he continues to be one of the toasts of that star-filled town.

William Stadiem was a Harvard JD-MBA and Wall Street lawyer before embarking for Hollywood, where he has written the screenplays for such films as Franco Zeffirelli's Young Toscanini, starring Elizabeth Taylor. He wrote the bestselling Marilyn Monroe Confidential, and Lullaby and Good Night with Vincent Bugliosi. Formerly the Hollywood columnist for Andy Warhol's Interview as well as food critic for Los Angeles magazine, Stadiem lives in a home overlooking the ocean in Santa Monica, California.

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