Elvis Presley (1935-1977) - Singer Elvis Presley began his career working with Sun Records' owner Sam Phillips. RCA Victor acquired his contract in a deal arranged by Colonel Tom Parker, who would manage the singer for over two decades. Presley is regarded as one of the most important figures of the 20TH century popular culture. He had a versatile voice and unusually wide success encompassing many genres, including country, pop ballads, gospel, and blues. He is the best-selling solo artist in … [Read more...] about Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?
Karen Carpenter (1950-1983) - Singer & Drummer Karen and her brother, Richard, formed the 1970s duo known as "The Carpenters." She was a drummer whose skills earned her admiration from her peers, although she was better known for her vocal performances of idealistic romantic ballads. Karen suffered from anorexia nervosa, an eating disorder of extreme weight loss dieting, which was a little-known illness at the time. She died at age 32 from heart failure, caused by complications related to … [Read more...] about Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?
William Holden (1918-1981) - Actor William Holden was one of the most popular and well known movie stars of all time. His career took off in 1950 when Billy Wilder tapped him to star in Sunset Boulevard, for which Holden earned his first Best Actor Oscar nomination. Following this breakthrough film, he starred in Stalag 17, which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor. In 1974, he starred in the critically acclaimed disaster film The Towering Inferno, which was one of the highest grossing … [Read more...] about Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?
Sam Walton (1918-1992) - Businessman & Entrepreneur Sam Walton was the founder of the Wal-Mart and Sam’s Cub retail chains which are located throughout the United States, Mexico, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, South Korea, China, and Puerto Rico. Walton’s management style was popular with employees and some of his basic management concepts are still in use today. After taking the company public in 1970, Walton introduced his "profit-sharing plan," which was a plan for Wal-Mart employees to … [Read more...] about Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?