Hollywood's Jerry Weintraub lives life 'His Way'

Fri Apr 1, 2011 12:16pm EDT
 
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By Christine Kearney

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A new documentary about Hollywood producer and music promoter Jerry Weintraub recalls the best stories from all the A-list celebrities he knows.

The documentary, "His Way," which debuts on cable channel HBO on Monday, includes amusing tales from Weintraub about working with Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and John Denver, as well as interviews with George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts and former President George H.W. Bush.

Weintraub, now 73, who also released a memoir last year, talked to Reuters about what it takes to make it in showbiz.

Q: What did you learn growing up in the Bronx?

A: "That was a great training ground for character and honesty and friendship and loyalty."

Q: You're known as a tenacious individual and producer. Where did your tenacity come from?

A: "It started when I was about 11. I wanted a jacket and my father gave me an example of how you get a jacket -- 'First you get a job, then you get coin, then you get a jacket, that's how it works'."

Q: How did you sign Elvis to a tour without knowing him?   Continued...