Hollywood mogul recalls Elvis, Sinatra in new memoir

Tue Apr 6, 2010 8:31am EDT
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By Mark Egan

NEW YORK (Reuters) - For decades he has worked with everyone from Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra to Brad Pitt and George Clooney, but now it's Hollywood producer Jerry Weintraub's turn to take center stage and shine like a star.

And as he promotes his page-turning memoir "When I Stop Talking, You'll Know I'm Dead -- Useful Stories from a Persuasive Man," the Bronx kid turned movie mogul is not lacking in confidence.

Ask him his age, he says, "I'm 72, I look great for 72, right?" Tell him he has a nice smile and he quickly retorts, "You should see me when I get a check."

Ask him what he would like inscribed on his tombstone and after a deep laugh, he says, "I was here and I did it."

"I didn't miss anything, I'll tell you that," he adds.

Published this week by Hachette Book's Twelve imprint, the memoir tells of a hard-working, plucky New Yorker who through persistence and charm hit the big time at age 26 by convincing Colonel Tom Parker that he was the right promoter to take Elvis Presley back on the road for a nationwide concert tour.

"I have never heard the word 'No,' the only word I hear is 'Yes,'" Weintraub says of his business philosophy.

As much as telling the story of his life, the memoir offers wisdom for others hoping to follow his path.   Continued...

<p>Jerry Weintraub accepts his Producer of the Year award at the ShoWest convention in Las Vegas, Nevada March 15, 2007. REUTERS/David Allio</p>