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David Gest's American Cinema Awards honors big names and the Golden Age of Hollywood

David Gest's American Cinema Awards honors big names and the Golden Age of Hollywood

David Gest, former husband of Liza Minnelli, died Tuesday in London at 62. In addition to managing the careers of acts such as Al Green and the Doobie Brothers, Gest founded the American Cinema Awards Foundation. The article below, originally published Jan. 6, 1989, highlights his effort to use the organization to celebrate the Golden Age of Hollywood.

Six years ago, former music manager David Gest couldn't give away tickets to his American Cinema Awards dinner. Even at a cost of $7.50 a ticket, Gest and his fellow organizers had to arm-twist their friends to...

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