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Author: George Jacobs
ISBN: 0330412299
Subcategory: Music
Pages 320 pages
Publisher Pan MacMillan; Unabridged edition (May 31, 2004)
Language English
Category: Photo and Art
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by George Jacobs

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.

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

Despite Sinatra's temper tantrums, Jacobs maintains that Sinatra always treated him well; and . I found out about this book by reading an article on George Jacobs in the . It sounded interesting and it was and more. Once you pick it up, it's hard to put down.

Despite Sinatra's temper tantrums, Jacobs maintains that Sinatra always treated him well; and despite Sinatra's off-color jokes, he insists that the star was not a racist. Sammy Davis Jr. "was the only person in Mr. S's world who made me aware of being black, and made me feel second-class for i. ) In the end this is a mostly respectful portrait of Sinatra by a man still stung by the singer's unforgiving temper. One only wishes the book included more of Jacobs.

As the right hand of Frank Sinatra from 1953 to 1968, George Jacobs arguably had one of the coolest jobs in the world at the time when Sinatra was the undisputed master of the entertainment universe. Jacobs rose from his humble beginnings in New O An odyssey of celebrity, extravagance, and genius, Mr. S provides the deepest understanding yet of one of our greatest entertainers.

S. My Life with Frank Sinatra. George Jacobs and William Stadiem. Mr. S always had felt bad about his life as an absentee father, particularly after the nightmare of Frank J. s. He surely didn’t want a new baby to feel bad about. To my children who are still with me. -. Mia didn’t care what Frank thought.

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George Jacobs (19 April 1927 - 28 December 2013) was an American memoirist and valet. Jacobs was the valet of the Hollywood agent Swifty Lazar in the 1950s, before being poached from Lazar by the singer and actor Frank Sinatra. Jacobs wrote a well received memoir, Mr. S: My Life with Frank Sinatra (coauthor William Stadiem; HarperEntertainment, 2003, ISBN 978-0060515164) that chronicled his time in Sinatra's employment, from 1953 to his dismissal by Sinatra in 1968.

George Jacobs has refused countless offers to tell his story. Sinatra and Farrow were divorcing and Jacobs happened to see Farrow at a club. Mia asked Jacobs to dance, they did the watusi and a photo was published. 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.

Mr. S - George Jacobs. 1. Last Tango in Beverly Hills.

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 rest is showbiz history as it was, and only Ava Gardner, Humphrey Bogart, and Betty Bacall are spared. The only man in America who was less interested than me in sleeping with Mia Farrow was her husband and my boss, Frank Sinatra.

George Jacobs is generally considered 'the last of the Rat Pack', a member of the exclusive club that has fascinated us for decades. He was Sinatra's valet and confidant from 1953, when Ava Gardner had just left him, until the end of his marriage to Mia Farrow in 1968. Racy and revealing, this is a record of one of the longest and most outrageous mid-life crises ever as George helped Sinatra juggle his many mistresses - women like Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, Grace Kelly and Peggy Lee. Hollywood stars and Mafia bosses, the Kennedys and European royalty also all had a major part to play in Frank's glory years. But above all there was the Rat Pack who accepted George as one of their own. Dean Martin tried his comedy routines out on him and Peter Lawford did his drugs in front of him. "MR S" gives an insider's view of the highs and lows of life with the Rat Pack - the spectacle, the sex, the unrecounted brawls, violence, tensions and hatreds among the revellers at the wildest moveable feast of the century. 'Explosive' - "Mail on Sunday". 'Scorching' - "Sunday Mirror".
I am usually suspicious of tell all type books-the authors usually have an ax to grind. And at first, it appeared this author was following suit; the book starts out with him being fired. However, the more you read, the more you know Mr. Jacobs adored Frank Sinatra and knew he would wind up like virtually everyone else in his boss' orbit out of favor and cut out of his life over something real or imagined. Frank Sinatra was a very complex character and probably one it's better to have stayed clear of. He was capable of great generosity and friendship and he also often had the mentality of a teenager, complete with overactive hormones and practical jokes. FS's marriages to Ava (whom the aurthor loved) and Mia (who is finally portrayed as the highly ambitious flake she is) are detailed here, along with the background of Sinatra's friendships with the Kennedys and the mob. The book is loaded with detailed anecdotes about many famous people that ring true, particularly because the author seems so thrilled to have been part of most of it, but what price being in with the in crowd?
I am NOT a Sinatra fan but I love biographies. After watching the recent 3 part Sinatra documentary it felt like a LOT was left out and it piqued my interest. I saw this book and it has proved to be fairly revealing and a quick read. Despite Sinatra's singing talent, I've read so many accounts of people he intentionally and unbelievably randomly out of the blue cut out of his life. The author is a case in point.

SPOILERS: Sinatra had Mr. Jacobs escort Ava Gardner and Farrow (and other girlfriends) on previous outings, as a chaperone and to keep an eye on them. Sinatra and Farrow were divorcing and Jacobs happened to see Farrow at a club. Mia asked Jacobs to dance, they did the watusi and a photo was published. Jacobs found his keys no longer worked, and neither did he, at Sinatra's home the next morning. A lackey informed him he was no longer needed and his personal belongings would be sent to him. After 12 or 13 years it was just OVER - no explanations to a very discreet, loyal employee. This paranoid, perceived disloyalty was also wrecked upon Betty Bacall. Sinatra and Bacall privately became engaged but a fan mag made a lucky guess and printed that they were indeed engaged. Sinatra the accused Bacall of notifying them - and she was OUT.
Sinatra was a very fortunate man to be talented and have a successful career but he ruined so many people who truly cared for him with his very paranoid and vindictive actions.
Sadaron above the Gods
It's hard to say this is a great book, because learning of Frank Sinatra's whore mongering, racial slurs, insecurities, vindictiveness and raging temper, was almost devastating to me. But it's the way that it is written. The way it was told, that makes it a page turner.

George Jacobs spares no one, not even himself, as he floats this narrative, in great detail about the 15 years he was Frank Sinatra's right hand man.

This is not a happy story. Maybe I'm the most naive person on the planet, but I was shocked to find out that MOST of the Star Power that I admired, ALL lived empty, unhappy, lives. Mr. Jacobs is brilliant at reeling you in and blowing your mind. It's a TELL ALL that includes practically every person who was part of Sinatra's inner circle throughout the years.

George Jacobs wrote this in such a way, that by the time I finished the book, I felt like I knew him and in the end I shed a tear for him.
George Jacobs has written a memoir of his time as valet to the super star of the 50's and '60's, Frank Sinatra. Sinatra was the epitome of suave and debonair in his hey dry. Every movement he made was chronicled by the press. There is nothing new here. If one either grew up during this time or is interested in Old Hollywood and Young Vegas, one would have heard of or read most of these stories.

The difference in this book from all the others is the perspective. George lived with Sinatra longer than anyone. He can tell us from the inside. Everyone else is telling it from mostly the outside. Also, George tells it with love. One has to have respect for someone like George, who, despite the bad ending, remained a true friend, despite Sinatra's rejection, and disinterest.

Another difference of this book is the way the story is told. It is like George is YOUR friend and he is just having a casual conversation with you. It seems he is confiding in you, showing his vulnerability, showing you his heart. He tells us of all the sides of Sinatra, and even when it is less than flattering, George tells us with such reverence, that it seems like George is telling it from a place of needing to understand it himself. One never feels George is gossiping or mean-spirited.

The book is an easy, quick read. It's a bromance. If one loves to read about pop culture this book is for you. And if you are a Frank Sinatra fan, this is a must-read.
Omg...I've read many books about Frank Sinatra but this one was hilarious. I laughed out loud at many of the antics that George Jacobs had to endure at the hands of Sinatra. It didn't get so much into his mob associations or having to answer for them but some of the things that went on inside Sinatra's compound. I found the book to be very entertaining and honest. There were times I really felt bad for George also.
Sinatra was the greatest of singers but not much of a warm human being.
Forget Kitty Kelly. George Jacobs saw Sinatra every day for 15 years. He knew the man and loved him, flaws and all. He doesn't spare Sinatra when it comes to those flaws, but he also does not hide his affection for a man that could be kind and generous one moment and cruel the next. Read this alongside Henry Buskin's book about Johnny Carson and you will find similar traits of pettiness and insecurity by powerful men who seemingly had everything. One thing that Jacobs does that Bushkin doesn't is provide some pretty salacious details about some of Hollywood's biggest icons. It makes for highly entertaining reading. Read and enjoy!