Art Aragon, the handsome boxer known as "The Golden Boy," who inspired thousands of women to join their husbands and beaus at Southern California arenas in the late '40s and '50s, died Tuesday in Northridge, CA at age 80 following a stroke on March 15. In the 1960s Aragon was romantically linked to such actresses as Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren, Mamie Van Doren and Jayne Mansfield. Although he never held a title, he had an impressive career, recording 90 wins, 61 by knockout, 20 losses, and 6 draws. Following his career in the ring, he became a bail bondsman and frequent actor, appearing in dozens of films and TV shows and counting Bob Hope, William Holden, Robert Mitchum and Sammy Davis Jr. among his close friends.
In Tuesday's edition of Studio Briefing, we referred to a statement by the family of the late Bob Marley that it has a policy of not licensing Marley's music for any project, but that it had made an exception in the case of Martin Scorsese's upcoming documentary about the singer. Several readers have pointed out that a Marley recording figured prominently in last year's I Am Legend.