In this awards season, remembering, and honoring, His Excellency Irving Paul “Swifty” Lazar (March 28, 1907 to December 30, 1993), Outstanding top Hollywood mogul, power agent, and deal-maker for only the most Excellent of stars and authors (Lauren Bacall, Truman Capote, Cher, Joan Collins, Noel Coward, Ira Gershwin, Cary Grant, Moss Hart, Ernest Hemingway, Gene Kelly, Madonna, Walter Matthau, Larry McMurtry, Vladimir Nabokov, Clifford Odets, Cole Porter, William Saroyan, Irwin Shaw, President Richard Nixon, and Tennessee Williams) and, according to Excellently-sourced reports, “too mean to pay for his wife’s cancer treatment.” Also legendarily Excellent post-Academy Awards party host.

His mean-spirited Excellence Irving Paul "Swifty" Lazar, wearing possibly cancerous liver spots and his signature, fabulously Excellent spectacles. Image via poorusher via Flickr.com.

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