George Jacobs, Memoirist and Valet for Sinatra, Dies at 86

January 3rd, 2014

George Jacobs, a former valet whose memoir unveiled his longtime employer, Frank Sinatra, to be both a hero and a villain, died on Saturday in Palm Springs, Calif. He was 86.

His son Snake Jagger confirmed the demise.

Released in 2003, Mr. Jacobs’s guide, “Mr. S: My Lifestyle With Frank Sinatra” (composed with William Stadiem), chronicles the fifteen a long time, from 1953 to 1968, that he served as Sinatra’s live-in valet at his properties in Bel Air and Palm Springs, Calif. — with a roster of duties that, he wrote, provided cooking Italian meals for Sinatra’s underworld associates securing the nighttime services of women in a storied occupation and, in the wee modest several hours of the morning (Sinatra liked to do his actual sleeping solo), settling their payments prior to sending them on their way.

“Mr. S,” which was excerpted in Playboy, drew around the world recognize. The gossip columnist Liz Smith wrote approvingly that the memoir “has at minimum 5 quotable and stunning remarks about the popular on every website page,” introducing, “With a number of exceptions, most of it looks totally real.”

Asked about Mr. Jacobs not long right after the volume’s publication, Frank Sinatra Jr. mentioned: “I have not noticed him in forty years. And, right after that thing that he’s carrying out right now — he’s assassinating the character of my father and all individuals people — I hope it’s yet another forty several years before I see him.”

Mr. Jacobs’s e-book explained, among considerably else, an amorous bare clinch among Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich and the insatiable urge for food for Hollywood gossip of John F. Kennedy, then a United States senator. (“I would ask him about Castro or Khrushchev, but he desired to know if Janet Leigh was cheating on Tony Curtis.”)

Most revelations centered on Sinatra, who died in 1998 at eighty two. There ended up the luminous ladies he chased: Grace Kelly, Lauren Bacall, Marilyn Monroe, Natalie Wooden. (He caught many of them.) There was the specially created underwear he wore in public, which held what Mr. Jacobs describes as his considerable normal endowment discreetly suppressed.

Sinatra, Mr. Jacobs wrote, could be abusive. But regardless of his utilizing an occasional racial slur to refer to Mr. Jacobs, who was black, and in spite of his after having hurled a spaghetti marinara evening meal at him since he experienced unsuccessful to prepare dinner it al dente, Sinatra is portrayed with sympathy — a tragic determine who ongoing to pine for his second spouse, Ava Gardner, long soon after their divorce.

Mr. Jacobs’s tenure finished when he was observed dancing in a Los Angeles nightclub with Sinatra’s third spouse, Mia Farrow, whom Sinatra was divorcing. After an merchandise about the episode appeared in Rona Barrett’s gossip column, Mr. Jacobs returned to Sinatra’s Bel Air compound to locate the locks altered and a lawyer’s letter telling him he was fired.

George Emanuel Jacobs Jr. was born in New Orleans on April 29, 1927. After serving as a Navy prepare dinner, he settled in Los Angeles, where he landed further roles in a number of Tarzan films. He later labored as a valet for the Hollywood agent Swifty Lazar prior to becoming poached by Sinatra following leaving Sinatra’s use, he labored for Steve McQueen, George Hamilton and Monthly bill Cosby.

Mr. Jacobs was married and divorced three moments. Aside from his son Mr. Jagger, his survivors consist of 3 other sons, George Jacobs Jr., Sean Jacobs and John Dodd two daughters, Jennie Joyner and Raychel Jacobs and a amount of grandchildren and fantastic-grandchildren. 3 other children, Male, Brenda and Rene Jacobs, died ahead of him.

In later a long time Mr. Jacobs labored as a carpenter. But he retained his passion for his valet times to the finish of his lifestyle, residing in a Palm Springs apartment awash in photographs of Sinatra and his circle and giving interviewers his organization card, inscribed “The Last of the Rat Pack.”

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