Mr. S: My Life with Frank Sinatra

Mr. S: My Life with Frank Sinatra

by George Jacobs, William Stadiem
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Mr. S: My Life with Frank Sinatra by George Jacobs, William Stadiem

"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....

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061913884
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/28/2009
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 407,515
File size: 430 KB

About the Author

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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Mr. S: My Life with Frank Sinatra 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first heard about this book, I thought to myself - 'What do I care about the 1953-1968 time span in Sinatra's life?' I have been an avid Sinatra fan for 40 years and I have read quite a bit about Mr. S. None have been quite as good as George Jacob's account of the years of 1953-1968 serving Mr. Sinatra (Mr. S). I never knew that I was so interested in that particular time of Sinatra's live until I read the book. For all Sinatra fans--this book is awesome - an easy read and highly engrossing (I hope everything is true). Do yourself a favor and run out and purchase the book and enjoy every morsel of this delicious read.
kasKS More than 1 year ago
Mr. S is a fabulous read - I couldn't put it down. George Jacobs lived an amazing life-traveling around the country and the world with the "Chairman of the Board". Through George's own words and written with Mr. Stadiem, we learn of Frank Sinatra's strengths and vulnerabilities, his amazing talent and interesting idiosynchrocies, his bitterness and resentments along with his incredible generosity. And the women!!!!! There were a lot! This is a behind the scenes look at the personal life of one of the most unique, gifted talents America (Hoboken, New Jesey) has ever produced. George's narrative style is very loose, natural and very funny. He is a kean observer of human behavior. I would absolutley recommend this to anyone interested in the life of Frank Sinatra. You will not be disappointed! I believe every story and all the anecdotes in this book. With a feature film about to be made about Fank Sinatra, the is a must read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Mr. S.' by George Jacobs presents a view of Frank Sinatra--and his amazing era--that many of us only heard about but never could quite believe. I believe Mr. Jacobs is presenting an honest but compassionate account of his own personal experiences with Frank Sinatra and the unimaginable life he led, both as a performer and as a private person. There are revelations that are shocking, even in today's times, and they are told calmly and matter-of-factly by Mr. Jacobs. His own relationship with The Chairman of the Board reflects the self-confessed manic-depressive nature of Frank Sinatra, his extraordinary kindnesses and out-of-control temper tantrums. George Jacobs was a rare and special person to survive that world for as long as he did. Could not put the book down until I finished it!
saracNYC More than 1 year ago
the book was very interesting and I loved the way it was written. Although Mr. S had strange ways, you never got the feeling that George was angry at him and he was a strong and unique man to take the name calling although he said it was said in love. I would have loved to hear more about his life - it seemed so interesting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think George Jacobs must be telling the truth about the goings on with Frank Sinatra and he does honor his memory in glowing detail. However, he also lets us in on the entertainment scene during the 50's and 60's and it isn't pretty. While the salacious details of their hedonistic lifestyle's are interesting and fuel for continued legacy building of the whole person, rather than just their talent, there is a great deal of excess here. Having said that, I couldn't put the book down. The Kennedy's were deplorable. Ava Gardner was a saint? Mia Farrow was a manipulative, philandering woman at 20? I can't think of one reason why Jacobs would lie or distort the truth. This book isn't an easy read but it is fun. Keep your children away from it though. This is not the real world. I recommend this book for historians of the period, not for Sinatra fans.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mr. S was my idol during '50's, so enjoyed reading about his private life. well written.
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I loved it!
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I am a HUGE Sinatra/Rat Pack fan, when I heard of this book I could not wait to get my hands on it and devour it. I waited 2 weeks for the library to get it in. I started reading the book and I could NOT get into it. I know the book is based on George Jacobs POV but I found it to be dull and uninteresting. I read til I could take no more and would put it down, only to try again and again to read the rest of the book. There may be those who like/love this book but I am certainly not one of them. Being a true Frank fan I was hoping to get some thing from this book but I was left disappointed.
nickanmaxie More than 1 year ago
Spending 15 years with someone almost constantly.......needed more details.