Jacobs served as Frank Sinatra's valet from 1953 to 1968--the Chairman's undisputed glory years. But Jacobs also became Sinatra's confidant, a trusted member of the inner circle. Told from the perspective of a smart man, "Mr. S" brims with revelations, never-before-told incidents, scandals, and romances. 16-page photo insert.Jacobs served as Frank Sinatra's valet from 1953 to 1968--the Chairman's undisputed glory years. But Jacobs also became Sinatra's confidant, a trusted member of the inner circle. Told from the perspective of a smart man, "Mr. S" brims with revelations, never-before-told incidents, scandals, and romances. 16-page photo insert.Read Less
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Mr. Jacobs gives the most comprehensive insights into Frank Sinatra yet. He was there at the centre of Sinatra's life as his valet for 15 years, from 1953 to 1968, years when Sinatra was becoming The Chairman of the Board, the Rat Pack leader and, the most accomplished popular songster ever, after a career that was almost wiped out. So it was rather a shock to find the derogatory terms used when referring to women. Maybe in that era, these terms were commonplace among men when together.
Mr. Jacobs' life was rich with interesting situations - squiring Ava Gardner around, travelling the world, mixing with the greats. Mr. Jacobs seems to have retained a fond feeling for his old boss, even after he was coldly cut out of Sinatra's life, ostensibly for dancing with Mia Farrow so enthusiastically at one of the popular nightclubs.
In the last chapter, we are privy to the author's withdrawal symptoms after the 15 years of excitement and glamour, and the havoc the job caused in Mr. Jacobs' family life.
There was one last meeting between George Jacobs and Frank Sinatra which could have
been put straight into a movie for its poignancy.
But be warned! Any feminists might be upset about the treatment of women in the book.
Publishers Weekly, 2003-05-19 In this insider celebrity bio, Jacobs, who served as Sinatra's valet for more than 13 years, recalls the time when Sinatra (or "Mr. S," as he called him) first hired him, then fired him in a jealous rage in 1968. Jacobs, who grew up in New Orleans, offers glimpses of Sinatra's private life-his obsession with cleanliness, his professional and personal relationships, as well as his many sexual conquests (which Jacobs sometimes recounts with too much detail). Jacobs (writing with Stadiem, author of Marilyn Monroe Confidential), in sometimes overwritten prose, dishes out the dirt on everyone from Hollywood stars (he catches Marlene Dietrich and Greta Garbo in Sinatra's pool, swimming naked and kissing) to the Kennedy clan (future president JFK doing lines of coke with Rat Pack member Peter Lawford). The authors spare only Ava Gardner from the dirtiest gossip. Sinatra entrusted his valet with his most private affairs-Jacobs kept his various girlfriends and wives entertained while Sinatra was busy. (It was a paparazzo's photo of Jacobs dancing with Mia Farrow at a nightclub that ignited Sinatra's rage.) 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 it.") 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. (June) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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