Meshulam Riklis, the Israeli billionaire businessman who was involved in a Golden Globes scandal with his then-wife, Pia Zadora, has died. He was 95.
His family confirmed his death. The wealthy business passed away on Friday, January 25, at a Tel Aviv hospital.
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Meshulam was accused of wooing the Hollywood Foreign Press Association members in advance of the Golden Globes 1982.
He sponsored a junket to his Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and a major press lunch and screening at his mansion in Beverly Hills, two months before the Award show was conducted.
Pia subsequently won a Golden Globe for New Star of the Year in a Motion Picture for her role in Butterfly in 1982. The film, which had not opened in America, at the time, was co-produced by Meshulam.
Meshulam admitted to wining and dining the HFPA members. He also admitted that he bought off the voting members.
In an interview with People magazine one month after the 1982 Golden Globe Awards, he said, "Other people take the judges out to fancy restaurants — what’s the big deal?"
Meshulam married Israeli socialite and former dancer, Tali Sinai, in 2010. He is the couple's two children; Marcia and Ira; two more children, Kady and Kristofer (from Zadora).
Rest in Peace Meshulam Riklis!
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