×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Seymour Heller

Seymour Heller, a personal manager for more than six decades, died Oct. 8 of natural causes at his home in Beverly Hills. He was 87.

Heller’s most famous client was Liberace, whom he signed in 1950 and represented until the entertainer’s death in 1987.

Heller began his career in college during the late 1930s when he worked for MCA in his native Cleveland representing some of the big bands including Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Paul Whiteman, Glen Gray and Horace Heidt.

During World War II, Heller served in the U.S. Coast Guard show “Tars and Spars,” which featured such personages as Victor Mature, Sid Caesar, Gower Champion and Bob Fosse.

Following the war, he teamed with Dick Gabbe and Sam Lutz to form Gabbe, Lutz and Heller Personal Management, the first U.S. coast-to-coast personal management company.

Heller’s roster of clients at various times also included Lawrence Welk, Tex Beneke, Ginger Rogers, Debbie Reynolds, Mel Torme, the Andrews Sisters and Regis Philbin.

A co-founder of the National Conference of Personal Managers, Heller specialized in the representation of music variety performers and film and TV projects.

Heller is survived by his wife of 50 years, Billie; two sons; and a daughter.

In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations in Heller’s name be made to OPICA, 11759 Missouri Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90025; Beverly Hills Firefighter’s Assn., 444 N. Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210; Talent Manager’s Assn., 12358 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604.

More Scene

  • Dylan O'Brien, Justin Theroux, Angela Bassett,

    Travis Knight on Getting the Call to Direct ‘Bumblebee’: ‘Did You Guys Get The Right Number?’

    “Bumblebee” director Travis Knight admits he couldn’t believe it when Paramount Studios and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura called him two years ago, asking him to helm the upcoming “Transformers” movie. “My initial question was, ‘Did you guys get the right number?'” Knight joked at Sunday’s premiere of “Bumblebee” at the Chinese Theater in Los Angeles. “You’ve seen [...]

  • Director Peter JacksonWarner Bros. Pictures THEY

    Peter Jackson Talks Transition From 'Hobbit' Movies to World War I Documentary

    Peter Jackson remains a bit astounded at his transition four years ago from the Shire of Middle Earth to the French battlefields of World War I. Jackson introduced his documentary “They Shall Not Grow Old” Friday night at the Linwood Dunn Theatre in Hollywood, four weeks after it aired on Armistice Day on the BBC. [...]

  • Hillary Clinton'Network' play opening night, New

    Hillary Clinton Attends Opening of Broadway's 'Network'

    A 1976 film might not be expected to translate seamlessly to Broadway in 2018, but for the cast and creative team behind “Network,” which premiered Thursday night with Hillary Clinton in the audience, the story still feels uncomfortably close to home. “It was a satire then, and now it’s documentary realism,” said Lee Hall, who [...]

  • Children's Defense Fund

    Angela Bassett, Conan O'Brien Honor Young Students at Children's Defense Fund Gala

    Awards season may be right around the corner, but on Thursday, Hollywood took a break from the glitz and glam to celebrate five high school students who have excelled academically despite facing extreme adversity both at home and in the classroom. The 29th annual Beat the Odds Awards ceremony at the Skirball Cultural Center featured [...]

  • Dolly Parton attends the world premiere

    Dolly Parton Hopes to Perform 'Dumplin'' Song at the Golden Globes

    It’s not easy to upstage Jennifer Aniston. But everyone at Thursday night’s premiere of her new Netflix flick, “Dumplin’,” seemed to be singing the praises of Dolly Parton, who earlier in the day received a Golden Globe nomination for “Girl in the Movies,” one of half a dozen new songs she wrote for the film. [...]

  • Lena WaitheVariety's Power of Women, Arrivals,

    Who Lena Waithe Thinks Should Replace Kevin Hart as Oscar Host

    Lena Waithe thinks Kevin Hart could have handled his Oscar debacle in a much better way. “I kind of wish that he would have taken a moment to let it be a teachable moment and to say, ‘Hey, what I said wasn’t right and I want to make that right,’ not just to keep the [...]

  • Christie Brinkley32nd Annual Footwear News Achievement

    Christie Brinkley at 64: 'Women My Age Cannot Allow the Numbers to Define Them'

    Christie Brinkley may be turning 65 next year, but don’t you dare try to tell her what she should — or shouldn’t — wear. “I think women my age cannot allow the numbers to define them. We need to constantly redefine the number,” Brinkley told Variety on Tuesday at the Footwear News Achievement Awards in New [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content