Allan Carr

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Allan Carr produced the hit 1978 movie Grease starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John and the 1983 hit Broadway musical La Cage Aux Folles. Born in Highland Park, IL, Carr attended Lake Forest College…
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Allan Carr produced the hit 1978 movie Grease starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John and the 1983 hit Broadway musical La Cage Aux Folles. Born in Highland Park, IL, Carr attended Lake Forest College and later Northwestern University. He left college to work for Playboy, where he helped create a television series. Carr began producing plays and films, then became a personal manager. His client list included at one time or another: Marlo Thomas, Ann Margaret, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Michelle Pfeiffer, Paul Anka, Petula Clark, Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, Peter Sellers, and Peggy Lee, among others.

Carr also became famous for throwing lavish parties for such stars as Elton John and Neil Sedaka and for having his jaw wired shut to keep himself from overeating.

Carr ran into pop singer Olivia Newton-John at a dinner party. He asked her to take the role of Sandy opposite John Travolta in his movie adaptation of the stage hit Grease. The movie version of Grease was a huge hit. The first single from the soundtrack, "You're the One That I Want" by Travolta and Newton-John, went all the way to number one pop in June 1978. In England, the single held the number one spot for nine weeks. The duet's follow-up single "Summer Nights" breezed up to number five pop and camped in the number one spot on the U.K. charts for seven weeks. Topping the LP charts that same year, the John Farrar-produced Grease movie soundtrack was one of the first multi-platinum albums. The mega-hit movie's soundtrack spawned a slew of hit singles. A digitally remastered version of the movie was released to theaters in 1998. Carr produced the 1982 sequel Grease 2.

Carr also produced the 1970 Joe Namath/Ann Margaret biker flick C.C. and Company, the 1984 Henry Thomas/Dabney Coleman movie Cloak and Dagger, and the 1980 Village People rock musical Can't Stop the Music, among other movies. At the height of producing the Broadway version of the French stage hit La Cage Aux Folles, it's said that Carr was earning about 100,000 dollars a week. On June 29, 1999, Allan Carr died of cancer at his Los Angeles, CA, home at the age of 62.