Hollywood Spotlight: Elliot Mintz
Meet the international media consultant to the stars, Elliot Mintz, whose exclusive list of friends and clients included John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Yoko Ono, Paris Hilton, Diana Ross who has launched his highly unique website which he calls a ‘cyberography,‘ filled with more than 150 hours of excerpts of his radio and TV interviews with more than 100 celebrities and much more.
Elliot’s latest endeavor is a website which includes intimate exchanges with John Lennon, Salvador Dali, Timothy Leary, Stevie Wonder, Jack Nicholson, Bob Dylan and others that rarely express themselves with the candor that Elliot evokes in his subjects. In addition to the interviews, viewers can watch him offering ‘media consultations’ to music stars, models and CEO’s as well as free advice for Hollywood hopefuls from Mintz himself. We sat down with this true Hollywood insider to learn the secrets of Hollywood behind the scenes.
Beverly Hills Magazine: Can you make anyone a star?…Or do you believe one is destined for fame?
Elliot Mintz: “Fame requires a certain degree of talent. It cannot be bought, and it most certainly has to be written in the stars, as destiny very much plays a part.”
Beverly Hills Magazine: What are the advantages of being a celebrity?
Elliot Mintz: “There is an implied immortality that comes along with fame, as if one may live on forever. There is also a great deal of respect associated with being a celebrity.”
Beverly Hills Magazine: What are the disadvantages of being a celebrity?
Elliot Mintz: “The greatest disadvantage is definitely the lack of privacy.”
Take a moment to listen to an excerpt from an EXCLUSIVE interview Elliot conducted with CHER.
At age 21, Elliot Mintz was the youngest person in America to host a late night radio call-in show where he interviewed the culture heroes of the 1960’s. Elliot then transitioned from broadcasting into public relations where he became the media consultant for some of the most recognizable names and corporations of our times. These include The John Lennon estate, Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon, Julian Lennon, Bob Dylan, Diana Ross, Don Johnson, Melanie Griffith, Paris Hilton, Nicky Hilton, David Cassidy, Christie Brinkley, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Peter Frampton, Miles Davis, Brooke Mueller, Nancy Kerrigan, Joni Mitchell, Kevin Federline, Don Henley, Carl Perkins, The Barry White estate, The Mickey Mantle estate, Norman Pattiz (CEO Westwood One Radio), Bijan Fragrances, Marc Bell (CEO of Penthouse Magazine), Robert Earl (CEO of Planet Hollywood International), Joe Francis (CEO of ‘Girls Gone Wild’), Rykodisc Records, Ken Ehrlich Productions, Warner Brother Pictures, Andrew Solt Productions and Amy and Brian France (CEO of NASCAR).
A sampling of the unique revelations that Elliot Mintz has evoked through his remarkable interview skills can be discovered inside http://www.ElliotMintz.com.
Here are just a few quotes from some of the many interviews Elliot Mintz conducted.
- Stevie Wonder, on blindness: “My dreams are the same as my life. I mean, I don’t see anything… Any kind of picture that I have in my mind of something is because I’ve been told basically what it is like or I’ve come to a preconception of maybe colors.”
- Raquel Welch, on beauty: “In the very beginning I was pleased that I had physical attractiveness, because I had identified that with a ticket to a certain kind of life as a woman … that to be an attractive girl meant that life was going to be a little bit better than if you were not attractive.”
- Bob Dylan, on his music: “None of my songs are that good. It’s the way they’re performed. Hoagy Carmichael’s songs are much better than mine. So are George Gershwin’s.
- And Irving Berlin too. My songs are simple. They’re simple to do. That doesn’t mean they’re any better than those.”
- John Wayne, on his legacy: “I’ve done so many Westerns that I am best known for those portrayals… (People) forget that there were different characters, different reactions to life by a different type of person, and they only remember the cowboy.”
- John Lennon, on what broke up the Beatles: “Because we all had basically had enough and nobody knew how to say it. We might not have even been aware that we’d had enough ourselves. That’s why I say maybe we should have finished it a bit sooner.”
Elliot Mintz has worked with some of the world’s biggest stars and with his keen ability to draw from them their innermost thoughts and feelings, he is now sharing this treasure chest of information and personal experiences in a never seen before interactive website that just like his celebrity clientele, will live on forever.