The Demons in Georgia's head

There is a difference between the St. Louis and LA Ramfan.

And that is their opinion on Georgia Frontiere.

The St. Louis Ramfan says leave that poor old women alone.

Hasn't she been thru alot.

The St. Louis Ramfan thinks the reason the LA Ramfan can't stand her is because they moved the Rams to St. LOUIS.

Sports Columnist As another NFL season commences with the opening > of summer training camps, one idly looks in awe at one of the > league's most fascinating individuals, Georgia Frontiere, dazzling > owner of the St. Louis Rams whose matchless accomplishments in so > many fields set her far apart from her counterparts. > > Experienced in singing, matrimony, cosmetic surgery and overseeing > the fortunes of a professional football team, Georgia also has > proved to be a savvy operator in real estate, as she recently sold > at a tremendous profit the Bel Air home where she lived for many > years with a couple of her husbands, the late Carroll Rosenbloom > and Dominic Frontiere. > > It was Rosenbloom who bought the property in 1972 after acquiring > the Los Angeles Rams, and Georgia shrewdly held on to it all these > years before relinquishing it for $9 million, which was tenfold > what Rosenbloom paid for it. > > Oh, if only the walls in that Bellagio Road estate could betray > what was said behind closed doors when Georgia lived there, we'd > have enough juicy tidbits to fill the space of all the National > Inquirers for the next year. > > One never will forget Georgia being 45 minutes late for her own > husband's memorial services at the home, keeping a large crowd of > Rosenbloom's friends---including some of the biggest moguls in the > film business---waiting impatiently in the backyard. > > Her tardiness that day long has been the subject of intriguing > speculation, much like the unfortunate fate of Dominic Frontiere, > one of her many former mates who did a stretch at the federal > penitentiary in Lampoc for failing to pay income taxes on scalped > tickets to the 1980 Super Bowl between the Pittsburgh Steelers and > Los Angeles Rams. To this day, it's never been clearly explained > how Mr. Frontiere was able to wind up with thousands of Super Bowl > tickets. > > It was at that Bel Air home where Frontiere, consoling Georgia > over the drowning death of Rosenbloom, started his romantic affair > with Georgia that eventually resulted in his becoming Hubby VII. > > I have no idea if the house is haunted by ghosts, but the one time > I interviewed Georgia there after Rosenbloom's death she claimed > she had been having nightly seances with him. > > "I can feel him in my presence, and we talk all the time," she said. > > Since Rosenbloom and I weren't on speaking terms at the time he > took that fatal April 2, 1979 Atlantic Ocean plunge off the coast > of Florida, I felt the impulse to ask Georgia if I could tag along > with her one evening to straighten matters out with Rosenbloom, > but I never did. > > The sale of the Bel Air home is just the latest deft transaction > by Georgia, who may not have gone to the renowned Wharton School > of Business at Penn but keeps making moves that belie the fact > she's been married seven times and that she's a failed nightclub > singer who spent time in her younger days in, of all places, > Fresno, not exactly a place where one trains to be a captain of > industry. > > There are those ladies who are quite circumspect when it comes to > marriage, some of whom I know who actually have reached their > forties having avoided the temptation. > > Some simply never have found that unique person capable of > stirring their passions enough for them to make a lifetime > commitment. Others have a terrible aversion to intimacy. And then > there are those painfully selective fair maidens obsessed with > winding up with a hybrid of Brad Pitt and Bill Gates---and too > often wind up being old maids. > > Unwavering in her devotion to matrimony, Georgia retained a blithe > disregard of her many failures, figuring the law of averages > eventually would result in her consummating a successful union. > > And this is precisely what happened when she latched on to > Rosenbloom, who at the time he met her at a Miami Beach nightclub > had been married for a lengthy period and was a multimillionaire > owner of the Baltimore Colts. > > After having two children with Georgia, Rosenbloom decided that it > was only proper etiquette to finally divorce his wife and make > Georgia his new one, which he did in London in 1966. > > It was decision that would have a dramatic impact on a lot of > people, most notably Georgia and those working for the Rams. > > This is the one marriage that worked out spectacularly for her, > beyond her wildest aspirations, since she wound up inheriting 70 > percent of the Rams at a time when Rosenbloom's son, Steve > Rosenbloom, was the team's president. > > The other 30 percent was to be divided evenly among Rosenbloom's > five children---three from his first marriage and the two from > Georgia. > > Overnight, Georgia emerged from the shadows, and soon would assert > her authority in a controversial manner, getting rid of Ram front > office people she feared like Rosenbloom crony Harold (Squeezer) > Guiver and even Steve Rosenbloom. > > While those moves certainly might have been dubious---Carroll > Rosenbloom had trained Steve Rosenbloom for years to succeed him > as boss of the Rams---another decisive one she made at the time > wasn't. > > She decided to borrow $9 million to buy out the shares of the five > children, which she did and which left her as sole owner of a > franchise whose appreciation in value the next 25 years---from an > estimated $30 million when she inherited it to more than $600 > million now---has been staggering. > > The team had several successful seasons during the 1980s with the > great running back, Eric Dickerson, igniting matters, but a > tight-fisted financial policy toward personnel concocted by John > Shaw with Georgia's consent resulted in a steady artistic decline > and led to widespread indifference among the team's loyalists. > > But Georgia's luck, which started that momentous evening when a > former boyfriend, financier Lou Chesler, introduced her to > Rosenbloom, would hold. > > The good bumpkins of St. Louis came to her rescue with a > state-of-the-art new stadium and a lot of up front money---many, > many millions of dollars---for her to move the Rams to Missouri, > which she did after the 1994 season. > > Naturally, the Rams soon would become one of the glamour teams of > the NFL, and even won the Super Bowl in 2000. > > All, of course, because of the administrative brilliance of > Georgia, who made still another wise monetary move a few years > back in peddling half her interest in the Rams to Stan Kroenke, a > wealthy Missouri businessman who owns the Denver Nuggets and > Colorado Avalanche. > > It's estimated she received at least $300 million in the deal, and > will receive a similar amount from Kroenke when she is required to > relinquish the rest of her stock to him, which is set to happen at > an unspecified date. > > But, in the meantime, Georgia Frontiere, who will be 78 on Nov. > 21, lives a life of luxury and leisure she never could have > envisioned in her harrowing younger days when she kept jumping in > and out of marriages until the one with Carroll Rosenbloom turned > out to be a sterling triumph for her, especially when the contents > of his will were revealed. > >