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Victor Orsatti

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    (November 25, 1905-June 9, 1984)
    Born in Los Angeles, California
    Middle name was Manuel
    Talent agent and film producer
    Clients included Judy Garland, Betty Grable, and Edward G. Robinson
    Produced the films 'Flight to Hong Kong (1956),' 'Domino Kid (1957),' and 'Apache Territory (1958)'
    Produced the television series 'The Texan'

Why he might be annoying:

    He was married four times.
    He was married to actress June Lang for only six weeks.
    He was married to the emotional basket case Marie McDonald.
    He was prone to dating the clients he represented.
    Historian Tim Adler described him as a 'gangster-cum-agent.'
    He allegedly got into the movie business through his brother Frank, a gangster and bootlegger who supplied Louis B. Mayer with alcohol and women, handling much of MGM's 'dirty work.'

Why he might not be annoying:

    He was a celebrated high school athlete.
    In 1923, he won a bat with which Babe Ruth had hit the first home run in Yankee Stadium as part of a high school hitting contest. The bat sold for $1.2 million in 2004.
    He played quarterback on Howard Jones' 1925 and 1926 Trojans football teams while attending University of Southern California.
    He was credited with persuading figure skating champion Sonja Henie to move to Hollywood and become an actress after the 1936 Winter Olympics.
    He negotiated the contract for Judy Garland to play the role of Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz.
    He continued to represent Marie McDonald even after they divorced.
    He successfully made the transition from talent agent to film and television producer, later in his life.

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