Sandy Gallin

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Sandy Gallin
Born Albert Samuel Gallin
(1940-05-27)May 27, 1940
New York
Died April 21, 2017(2017-04-21) (aged 76)
Los Angeles, California
Occupation Talent Manager
Spouse(s) Bryan Fox (m. 2011)

Albert Samuel Gallin, better known as Sandy Gallin, (May 27, 1940 – April 21, 2017) was an American producer and talent manager, winner of an Emmy Award.[1] .  

Early life and education[edit]

Gallin was born in May 27, 1940 in New York,[2] the son of middle class Jewish parents.[3] Gallin graduated from Boston University in 1962.

Career[edit]

Gallin joined the mailroom of General Artists Corporation and eventually became a senior vice president and board member.[3] After less than a year at GAC, he became a junior agent. During this time he played a role in booking The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show.[1]

In 1970 he left GAC and partnered with his cousin, Raymond Katz, to create the personal management company Katz Gallin, which lasted 14 years. He went on to manage the careers of Cher, Dolly Parton,[4] Michael Jackson,[4] Neil Diamond,[4] Barbra Streisand,[1] Mariah Carey,[1] and Whoopi Goldberg.[4]

Gallin produced over 20 movies as well as Broadway plays, and was the CEO of Mirage Entertainment and Sports. He was a close associate of Steve Wynn,[1] Barry Diller,[5][6] David Geffen,[5] Diane Von Furstenberg,[7] and Calvin Klein.[3][5][8]

His 70th birthday party was thrown at Donna Karan's West Village studio and was attended by Patti LaBelle, Barbra Streisand, Joan Rivers, Bette Midler, Vera Wang, Renée Zellweger, Richard Gere, Sandra Bernhard, Les Moonves, and Ron Perelman.[9]

Sexual harassment issues[edit]

In 1997, Gallin was sued by two former employees alleging sexual harassment. The lawsuit alleged Gallin asked them to coordinate sexual visits with young men, as well as to offer their sexual services to potential clients to secure relationships. Gallin responded with a countersuit alleging his former employees had breached their contractual obligations with his firm and produced the sexual harassment allegations by way of distraction from their violations.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Gallin was openly gay. In February 2014, he married his boyfriend of 5 years, actor Bryan Fox, 40 years younger. They divorced in August 2015[11]

Gallin first battled cancer in 1988.[5] On April 21, 2017, Gallin died following a long battle with multiple myeloma. He was 76. [12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Winner Takes All: Steve Wynn, Kirk Kerkorian, Gary Loveman, and the Race to Own Las Vegas", Christina Binkley. Hyperion, 2008. ISBN 1-4013-0236-X, 9781401302368. p. 133-134
  2. ^ Bernstein, Jacob (April 21, 2017). "Sandy Gallin, 76, Talent Manager Adored by Stars, Dies". The New York Times. Archived from the original on April 22, 2017. Retrieved April 22, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c "The Mailroom: Hollywood History from the Bottom Up", David Rensin. Random House Digital, 2004. ISBN 0-345-44235-0, ISBN 978-0-345-44235-2. p. 77
  4. ^ a b c d "Michael Jackson: the king of pop", Lisa D. Campbell. Branden Books, 1993. ISBN 0-8283-1957-X, 9780828319577. p. 288
  5. ^ a b c d "Saint James Press gay and lesbian almanac", Neil Schlager. St. James Press, 1998. ISBN 1-55862-358-2, ISBN 978-1-55862-358-3. p. 245
  6. ^ "The Barry Diller Story: The Life and Times of America's Greatest Entertainment Mogul", George Mair. John Wiley and Sons, 1998. ISBN 0-471-29948-0, ISBN 978-0-471-29948-6. p. 206
  7. ^ "How to Lose Friends and Alienate People", Young, Toby. ISBN 1-4587-2344-5, ISBN 978-1-4587-2344-4. p. 194
  8. ^ "New York Magazine Vol. 29, No. 30", New York Media, LLC. p. 81
  9. ^ "Hugh Jackman knocks 'em dead at Sandy Gallin party", New York Post. May 28, 2010. Accessed March 4, 2011
  10. ^ "The Advocate", November 25, 1997. ISSN 0001-8996. p. 34
  11. ^ Ian Mohr Sandy Gallin and young husband Bryan Fox headed for divorce August 1, 2015, Page Six
  12. ^ "Sandy Gallin, Talent Manager, Producer and Designer of High-End Homes, Dies at 76". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-01-21.