Jeff Wald, Who Managed Helen Reddy, Sylvester Stallone and Donna Summer, dies at 77 at the helm of the death
Jeff Wald, longtime manager, producer, boxing promoter, died on Friday in Los Angeles. He was 77.
The death of Wald was confirmed to Variety by his daughter Traci Wald. A cause of death wasn't available.
We are heartbroken by the loss of our husband, father, friend and fierce advocate for women's rights and justice for all. To the end, he was laughing and fighting for the life whose enduring power - thy life is a pure joy, wrote Traci Wald Donat. He was surrounded by family, which remained so powerful that sounded the soundtrack to his eternal optimism life.
In 1968, the departed artist, Jeffrey Sommers began working as a talent buyer for Mister Kellys, The London House and The Happy Medium. He moved to Chicago in 1968 and joined the company with the late Ron De Blasio, George Carlin and the Turtles as the roster, and then signed he resigned two years later.
Wald was married to actress and singer Helen Reddy at the time, working as her manager, in 1966, and had two children. Walds deal with Capitol Records was tied to Reeddy, which was later married by the American Graffiti actress Candy Clark in 1987, 1988.
In the 1970s and 1980s, Wald dealt with a serious cocaine problem. After overdosing in 1986 and attending the Betty Ford Center, he remained sober for the rest of his life.
I am 25 years sober now. And I never thought I could do that. But I don't miss it anymore, Wald told the Hollywood Reporter in 2011. I'm married now, 20 years, to the same person. I've got a great kid; I pay attention. My younger children have gotten tolerant of me. God bless them for being so tense.
In 1975, Wald began to build a management company, attracting high-profile clients such as Miles Davis, David Crosby, Sylvester Stallone, Marvin Gaye, Elliott Gould, Donna Summer, Roseanne Barr and Mike Tyson. In 1986,, the company became Managing Director of the Guber-Peters Entertainment Company shortly before Sony acquired the studio in 1989.
He produced two days in the Valley, a prolific producer. As he grew up, Walds television credits included The Roseanne Show, Switched at Birth, The Contender, Latin Nights and Death of the War; Among his films, including 2 Days in The Valley were Two Days of The Dead.
The late 1990s, Wald and Irving Azoff partnered to promote George Foreman's last two fights and fight with Sergio Mora and others.
He was a close relative to the Democratic leaders. He served as Chancellor of the United States, Jerry Brown and Edward Kennedy. The President replaced him to serve re-election as governor of California and later became secretary of state.
Wald later served as a CEO of Aria Multimedia Entertainment and Creston Enterprises, which has produced and published coffee table books including the Official Michael Jackson Book and Hip Hop: A Cultural Odyssey.
The wife of more than thirty years Deborah, Wald survived his wife, Traci Wald Donat, Jordan Sommers, Sarah Wald and her granddaughter Lily Donate.