George Jacobs, Memoirist and Valet for Sinatra, Dies at 86
George Jacobs, a former valet whose memoir revealed his longtime employer, Frank Sinatra, to be both a hero and a villain, died on Dec. 28 in Palm Springs, Calif. He was 86.
His son Snake Jagger confirmed the death.
Published in 2003, Mr. Jacobs’s book, “Mr. S: My Life With Frank Sinatra” (written with William Stadiem), chronicles the 15 years, from 1953 to 1968, that he served as Sinatra’s live-in valet at his homes in Bel Air and Palm Springs, Calif. — with a roster of duties that, he wrote, included cooking Italian meals for Sinatra’s underworld associates; securing the nighttime services of women in a storied profession; and, in the wee small hours of the morning (Sinatra liked to do his actual sleeping solo), settling their bills before sending them on their way.
“Mr. S,” which was excerpted in Playboy, drew worldwide notice. The gossip columnist Liz Smith wrote approvingly that the memoir “has at least five quotable and shocking remarks about the famous on every page,” adding, “With a few exceptions, most of it seems utterly true.”