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David Gest: Inside His Showbiz Life Before - and After - Marrying Liza Minnelli

12 April 2016 3:45 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

[CUSTOM_PLAYER_BRIGHTCOVE "4842493958001"] David Gest - who was 61 when he was found dead Tuesday in London - had a history in showbiz long before his marriage to Liza Minnelli crumbled into tabloid fodder and he found fame in reality TV. A Los Angeles native, Gest was born on May 11, 1953. Growing up, he was a close friend of Michael Jackson and his brother Tito. Working in the entertainment industry, the producer achieved his biggest career feat in 2001, producing the highest-rating musical television special in history: Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration, about his longtime childhood friend. While the Jackson special amped his acclaim, he also »

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