Category: The Producer’s Corner

ANN-MARGRET PART II: George Burns Discovers a Gold Mine

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By George Michaud George Burns really did discover Ann-Margret. She was performing in the lounge of the Dunes Hotel in Las Vegas where she was offered the opportunity to audition for Hollywood veteran George Burns. My partner, Stan Irwin, who handled Johnny Carson suggested it to Burns. Following that audition, Burns was so impressed he…

ANN-MARGRET

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George Burns Discovers a Gold MineBy George Michaud I’ve heard customers say, “This place is beautiful but it’s too big for me.”  Nearly all of the newer Hotel/Casinos in Las Vegas now are like that, spending each other out of control to see who can wind up with the biggest and most elaborate. After the…

JERRY LEWIS “THE NUTTY PROFESSOR” Part III

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By George Michaud In the Sept. 16 issue of this column, I remember closing it out saying that “We’ll learn lots more about Jerry Lewis, which may shock some of you.” What I meant by that statement is the fact that Jerry was so crude with fans and even rude at times with children. I…

Jerry Lewis, “The Nutty Professor,” Part II

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By George Michaud Jerry Lewis had a career doing movies, one right after the other. One contract he had signed in 1959 between him and Hal B. Wallis and Paramount Pictures called for movies in seven years which would pay Lewis $10 million each plus 60 percent of the profits which included 14 movies. That’s…

JERRY LEWIS, “THE NUTTY PROFESSOR”

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I chose the title from Jerry Lewis’ 1963 movie, “The Nutty Professor.” He was born Joseph Levitch on March 16, 1926, making him 90 years old this year. Besides meeting him at one of the studios, it was eerie that I ran into him six or seven times at the airport in Burbank. Now that’s…

Technological difficulties…

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As a result of technological difficulties, George Michaud’s “Producer’s Corner” won’t appear in the Raytown-Brooking Eagle until Sept. 2. Michaud wishes for his dedicated readers to “stay happy” in the meantime. George Michaud was a talent agent/manager in Burbank, California for nearly four decades with his own talent agency, GMA.

Rudy Vallee, the man with the megaphone, Part IV

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By George MichaudAs we ended Part III of this series, Rick Buche and I were trying to get away. Rick had had enough of Rudy Vallee. I glanced up at the house from the top of the tennis court as we left to go to our car and Mr. Vallee was leading the way. At…

Rudy Vallee, the man with the megaphone, Part III

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By George MichaudThis past week, we ended the story as we had just sat down for dinner. I said that Rudy Vallee was a very unique individual. He was an extrovert in every way I could see, and gregarious to the point that one felt like it would be great to just tell him to…

Rudy Vallee, the man with the megaphone, Part II

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By George MichaudIn last week’s column, I told you that Mr. Vallee had invited me and a guest to his lovely home in the Hollywood hills, and it literally was in the Hollywood hills because the famous Hollywood sign was staring us right in our eyes as we passed the entry way from the front…

Rudy Vallee, the man with the megaphone

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By George MichaudRudy Vallee was born July 28, 1901 in Island Pond, Vermont. His parents moved to Westbrook, Maine and he enlisted to help our country in World War I, however he was discharged immediately after the Navy authorities found out that he was only 15 years old. He enlisted in Portland, Maine, home of…

Tommy Lasorda, baseball’s most famous manager, part II

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By George Michaud Last week’s column gave you mostly statistical information on Tommy Lasorda, beginning with his first baseball pitching role right up to his two decades as The Los Angeles Dodgers manager through 1996 after winning a World Series title in 1981 and again in 1988. One comment on last week’s column involved Tommy…

Tommy Lasorda, baseball’s most famous manager

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By George Michaud Even though I mentioned last week at the end of Phyllis Diller’s column that I was going to have a column on Ann Margaret, my notes didn’t come in time from Nashville, Tennessee, where many of my things are stored. We will have to wait a few weeks to talk about Ann…

Phyllis Diller, First Lady of Laughter, Part IV

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By George MichaudAs many years as I knew Phyllis Diller, every time we ran into each other it was like a homecoming to her. At least she made us feel that way. She was always dazzling, upbeat and happy as could be. She would say, “Let’s go somewhere tonight after the shows.” The last time…

Phyllis Diller, First Lady of Laughter, Part III

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By George MichaudWe left off last week saying goodnight to Phyllis after an entertaining evening together in her suite at the Sahara Hotel and Casino where she was the headliner in the large showroom. The wacky comedian Rip Taylor was set to follow Phyllis as the opening act to one of the biggest stars around…

Phyllis Diller, First Lady of Laughter, Part II

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By George Michaud This week I’m dedicating Part II on Phyllis Diller to “Dawn,” one of my Facebook friends. I won’t use any last names. Dawn wrote to me about last week’s column and told me about a very happy memory my article brought back during her last year of high school when her class…

Phyllis Diller, First Lady of Laughter

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By George MichaudMy first encounter with Phyllis Diller was in Lake Tahoe where she was appearing in the main showroom as the opening act to Paul Anka. Anka had a full orchestra of more than 36 musicians. On this particular evening, my client, Lloyd Lindroth, who was working across the street at Harrah’s Casino. He…

Telly Savalas, Part IV

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By George MichaudTelly Savalas was born Aristotelis Savalas Jan. 21, 1922 in Garden City, New York. Known for his scabrous, gravely, rough and tough voice befitting that of an inquisitor, Telly played a New York cop in the hit series “Kojak,” which ran successfully from 1973-1978. The top four stars of the hit CBS crime…

Telly Savalas, Part III

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By George Michaud“Who Loves Ya, Baby” Last week I mentioned that actor Burt Lancaster was the person responsible for getting Telly Savalas’ career off to a huge start. He did this by casting him in important roles in major films. The four films Lancaster was responsible for getting Savalas into were “The Young Savages” (1961),…

Telly Savalas, Part II

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By George Michaud“Who Loves Ya, Baby” Last week I introduced you to Telly Savalas, told you where he lived the last 20 years of his life, about my publicist Sam Wall, my good friend from The William Morris Agency, and the meeting set up by Sam at the Sheraton Universal Hotel for the purpose of…

Telly Savalas

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By George Michaud“Who loves ya, baby?” The first time I heard Telly say “Who loves ya, baby” to me was during a happy hour at the lounge at The Sheraton Universal Hotel right in the center of Universal City, with Universal Studios surrounding the entire area. Telly Savalas had made this home for the last…