By George Jacobs
'' Mr. S: My existence with Frank Sinatra , via former valet-aide George Jacobs with an oh-so-able help via William Stadiem, has at the least 5 quotable and stunning comments in regards to the well-known on each web page. The fifteen years Jacobs toiled for Frank produces a vintage of its style -- a gold-star gossip-lover's dream....
''The leisure is showbiz background because it was once, and purely 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 the Kennedys are available for heaping parts of 'deep dish,' served scorching. Sordid, trashy, humorous, and so rat-a-tat with its shrewdpermanent inside of details and hip immediate research that a few of it kind of feels too reliable to be true....
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I couldn’t imagine her in the same room as Swifty Lazar, or even the same town. She was warm and down home, and took an hour in the kitchen after dinner while Frank played with the kids telling me exactly how he liked everything. The correct way to prepare the paper-thin steaks and pork chops, the scrambled-egg sandwiches, the From Eternity to Here / 49 bread to be sautéed in Italian, never Spanish, olive oil, the soft, never crisp, bacon he wanted for breakfast. She emphasized his disinterest in most vegetables, except for eggplant parmigiana and roasted peppers, and precisely which brands of pasta were acceptable, how many minutes to cook each, and how much salt to put in the water.
There was a staircase grander than the one in Tara. A Toulouse-Lautrec covered the projector in the living room; a Gauguin covered what became the screen, on which would be shown movies months before they were released. The food was by a French chef they were said to have hired away from Maxim’s in Paris, and every menu at every place setting was written by hand. Edie, followed by Doris Warner, had been the most eligible girl in Hollywood (Frank Sinatra would hold on to an awful crush on her for years), and I wondered how Bill Goetz, who was a sweet guy who cracked awful vaudeville jokes that he learned from his idol Al Jolson, had beaten out every other ambitious Jewish suitor in the business for the hand of the ultimate princess.
He was convinced it was infested with deadly germs, so he laid towels on the carpet to protect himself, and he insisted on changing these towels at least twice a day, and more often, whenever he had company. “Company” often consisted of sultry large-breasted hookers, who were the type little Lazar preferred. How anyone so phobic about cleanliness and illness could consort with prostitutes was bizarre to me, but bizarre was Irving Lazar’s real middle name. “I need them to help me relax,” he would explain.