Howard Hughes and the Original Power Lawyer Greg Bautzer
9:00 AM PDT 5/24/2013 by THR Staff
Bautzer spent 50 years advising studio moguls, handling divorces for Ingrid Bergman and Rock Hudson and romancing leading ladies like Lana Turner. But his most important client was the eccentric billionaire. Their relationship — from a plan to buy ABC to Hughes’ bizarre $1 million marriage offer to a young Liz Taylor — is detailed in a revealing new biography of the lawyer.
Bautzer in the early ’70s with wife Wynter and their son Mark, now 53.
Robert Evans, Ali MacGraw
Evans danced with his wife, actress Ali MacGraw, at the Godfather premiere.
Ava Gardner, Greg Bautzer
Actress Ava Gardner and Bautzer in June 1947. Joan Crawford was jealous of their relationship.
Greg Bautzer, William Wilkerson, Joe Schenck
Bautzer (right) with two of his mentors: THR publisher William Wilkerson (left) and Fox chairman Joe Schenck.
Ginger Rogers, Greg Bautzer
Bautzer out on the town with Rogers.
Joan Crawford, Greg Bautzer
Bautzer and Joan Crawford arrived at the famed nightclub Ciro’s in 1948 in a Cadillac she gave him.
The Brown Derby
To get noticed, Bautzer frequented The Brown Derby, a power lunch spot at Hollywood and Vine.
Lana Turner, Greg Bautzer
Bautzer had coffee with girlfriend Turner in 1940 at The Brown Derby.
Labor lawyer Korshak, who allegedly had mob ties, testified in D.C. in 1957.
Hughes was Bautzer's most powerful client. In B. James Gladstone's The Man Who Seduced Hollywood: The Life and Loves of Greg Bautzer, Tinseltown’s Most Powerful Lawyer, the author details Bautzer’s complex and fascinating relationship with Hughes, from the early 1950s to the reclusive magnate’s death in 1976, a period that included the buying and selling of RKO Pictures, a failed 1968 takeover of ABC and his million-dollar marriage offer to Elizabeth Taylor (which Bautzer conveyed).
G+W CEO Bluhdorn in 1967.
Evans at a meeting in 1968, soon after taking over as head of production at Paramount.