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

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David Gest: Inside His Showbiz Life Before - and After - Marrying Liza Minnelli
[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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David Gest Found Dead at 62

Producer-turned-reality TV star David Gest has died, aged 62.

He was found unresponsive in his room at the Four Seasons hotel in London on Tuesday (April 12), and was subsequently declared dead at the scene.

A statement released by officials at the Metropolitan Police reads: "Police were called at 10:17hrs on Tuesday 12 April to the Four Seasons hotel, in Westferry Circus, E14, to reports of an unexplained death of a man in his 60s. London Ambulance Service were called to the scene. Life was pronounced extinct at the hotel.

"A post-mortem will be held in due course. Next of kin are in the process of being informed."

Gest was a close childhood friend of Michael Jackson's and produced the TV special Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration: The Solo Years in 2001, marking the last onstage reunion of the King of Pop and his brothers from the Jackson 5.

He wed
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World Premiere Info + David Gest Introduces a New Clip from Michael Jackson: The Life of an Icon

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We’ve just received information that the world premiere of the brand new Michael Jackson biopic, is set to take place right in here in London. To celebrate, we’ve been given this brand new clip from the movie which is introduced by legendary music Producer and friend to the Jackson family, David Gest.

Following the announcement, we get to see a new clip from the movie entitled He Went to a New Level which I’ve placed in the video embedded below. When you see the clip you just scratch the surface of the impact that he made on the world. I was astonished at some of the clips seeing just a few of the people he met.

I’ve also placed the press release that we have been sent with full details on the World Premiere which is set to take place on November 2nd 2011 at the Empire Leicester Square.
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Michael Jackson TV tribute guide

Michael Jackson TV tribute guide
Tomorrow, June 25, marks the anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death. In addition to the mass moonwalks that undoubtedly will pop up all over the globe, TV networks are scrambling to provide coverage for still-grieving fans of the fallen King of Pop. Aside from the reverent tribute specials — including the Bet Awards, which will honor Jackson this Sunday — there will be video countdowns, tours of Neverland Ranch, and documentaries on the Jackson family. For those still interested in the tabloid-fodder side of Mj’s life, never fear: Specials on his entourage, children, and several docs on the conspiracy theories surrounding his death are also airing.
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Documentary's Producer Promises to Show Michael Jackson in a 'Truly Unique Light'

David Gest has pledged to show Michael Jackson in a "truly unique light" in his new documentary. The producer has interviewed the late "Thriller" star's friends and family for the forthcoming 4-hour documentary which includes intimate glimpses into his life, including a tour of his childhood home with brother Tito Jackson, while his mother Katherine shares her memories of her son, who died of acute Propofol intoxication in June 2009, for the first time.

"I have tried to show Michael in a truly unique light. I have spent the past three months traveling the world interviewing people who were most important in his life," David said. "I believe this popumentary will entertain and educate in equal measures about who the real Michael Jackson was."

"I hope this will serve as a lasting testament to the compassion and love that he had for all mankind. He was a very complex individual and
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David Gest: Blames Himself For His Plastic Surgery

The 56-year-old TV star-and-concert promoter was reported yesterday (08.12.09) to have been encouraged by his late friend Michael Jackson to have several operations, but insists it was all his own decision. David – whose cosmetic procedures include two facelifts and a nose realignment operation – said: “On ‘Celebrity Come Dine With Me’, I discuss the plastic surgery I had done between 1980-1981 and blame only myself for being so foolish, especially not Michael Jackson nor anyone else. I was an idiot. I look back at that time and think of myself as being so stupid, and was very appreciative of Michael’s support and being there when I went through all that.” David appears on the Christmas special of the British dinner party TV show ‘Celebrity Come Dine With Me’. The flamboyant star also revealed he had his cheek implants removed after having a surgery epiphany. He told Bang Showbiz: “It was my
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New life overseas for Jackson special

TV distributor Alfred Haber has closed a number of international deals for the 2001 CBS special "Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration," which was produced by David Gest.

New licensing deals have been inked with Channel 5 in the U.K., Nhk in Japan, Televisa in Mexico, A&E Mundo in Latin America, Nrk in Norway, e.tv in South Africa, Abs-cbn in the Philippines and Rcti in Indonesia. No financial details were available.

The two-hour special, owned by Gest's World Events, is one of the highest-rated musical specials in TV history. No word on whether CBS plans its own rerun.

At the time of its 2001 broadcast, the show repped the King of Pop's first live U.S. performance in 11 years and the first reunion with his brothers in 17. According to Nielsen Media Research, 45 million people watched all or part of the special.

Jackson performed solo hits including "Billie Jean," "The Way You Make Me Feel,
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