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The author/writer [Photo: Martha Swope]; Caricature by renowned artist Sam Norkin; 
Onstage at the Grand Ole Opry  
[Photo: Les Leverett]

is a native Mississippian and a New York-based international entertainment writer. He was selected as a Time magazine 2006 Person of the Year. As vice president of artist relations for MCA Music, he participated in the development of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Jesus Christ Superstar (R.I.A.A. Gold Record), and the careers of The Who, Elton John [supervising his American debut and first U.S. tour], Bing Crosby (R.I.A.A. Gold Record), Rick Nelson (R.I.A.A. Gold Record), Bill Cosby, Neil Diamond (R.I.A.A. Gold Record), Loretta Lynn (R.I.A.A. Gold Record), Brenda Lee (R.I.A.A. Gold Record), Conway Twitty, Crystal Gale, Florence Henderson,  classical guitarist Andres Segovia; and, independently, the careers of disco diva Gloria Gaynor (R.I.A.A. Gold Record), soul diva Millie Jackson and  Broadway composers Jerry Herman and Stephen Sondheim. At MCA/ Universal Studios, he worked with Academy Award-winning composer Alfred Newman on the release of his last score, Airport; and on the Broadway revival of The Boy Friend, starring Judy Carne and Sandy Duncan.


1978, London

On set of the Muppets with Miss Piggy 

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   We had a good thing going 'til  she
  went "Green" on me!

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With (clockwise):
 comic legend 
screen legend 
and international singing sensation   
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The hit revue Always, Patsy Cline is four pages verbatim of Ellis' interviews with Patsy fan Louise Seger from his Patsy Cline biographies.  He's done the "Broadway" musical adaptation of his biography, Patsy...Honky Tonk Angel, with Patsy hits and an original score [Music by George Leonard]. Ellis provided the Patsy Cline material for Robyn Archer's hit Australian and London West End revue A Star Is Torn.  He's featured with k.d. lang on Bravo TV's The Voice [segment on Patsy Cline], the BBC specials Country Girls and Rock Shrines [segments on Patsy Cline], as well as Country Weekly 40th Anniversary tribute to Patsy. In addition, he provided source material and photos for the Virginia Public Television documentary, Patsy Cline: The Lady Behind the Legend. Ellis is an associate and contributing editor [music, film, theater] of Oxford University Press' American National Biography

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1963 :  with TV and records sensation CONNIE STEVENS  1972 :  with screen legend 
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1968, Big Sur, CA : On location with CHARLTON HESTON, starring as astronaut George Taylor in 20th Century-Fox's Planet of the Apes. At left, Lou Wagner as Lucius.

1970, New York, Metropolitan Opera: Ellis (left), MCA Records V-P, Artist Relations and Tom Morgan, MCA A&R Manager (third from left) with The Who for their "farewell" Tommy concert.

Ellis coordinated tours headlining Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Peter, Paul & Mary, Al Hirt, Peter Nero, Connie Stevens, Julie London and Bobby Troupe. His first interview was with Bob Hope.  He is at work on Marvelous Gals from Movie-Musicals and his first novel, The Scent of Magnolia.  He's an international media journalist, veteran of The New York Times and New York Daily News and writes extensively for Playbill and Ellis has conducted creative writing seminars at Rutgers University, the Space Coast Writers Association, the University of Kentucky, Hinds College and the University of Mississippi.  He is on the Executive Board of theatrical organization Drama Desk.  September 2005 saw the dedication of the Mamie and Ellis Nassour Arts & Entertainment Collection at the University of Mississippi in memory of Ellis' parents [presently housed in the John D. Williams Library]. The launch of his 1993 Patsy Cline biography at New York's Cowgirl began the annual St. Patsy's Day look-alike contest on St. Patrick's Day night. Ellis was instrumental in getting Patsy Cline named to the Cowgirl Hall of Fame.
 He's featured in the coffee table book Mississippians.                                

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An Exciting Career As A Media Journalist, Highlighted By Encounters With:

Film, stage and TV legend Angela Lansbury; Christina Applegate; with Christina for her 2005 Broadway Wall of Fame unveiling; Cyndie Lauper,  2005 BWOF unveiling; "a few" years ago, working with disco legend Gloria "I Will Survive" Gaynor, still a friend;  my old friend Dolly Parton, 2009; Fran Drescher, 2006; screen legend Debbie Reynolds, 2009; screen legend Jane Powell,  2006; Broadway National Treasure Chita Rivera, opening night for her The Dancer's Life, Broadway, December 2005;  Allison Janney; Oscar winner and theater legend Estelle Parsons, 2004; my "homey," Mississippi native and opera legend Leontyne Price; stage/screen star Dame Helen Mirren; Mississippi native Gerald McRaney and Delta Burke; meeting, again, years later  with Who legend Pete Townsend, 2006; David Hyde-Pierce; Catherine Zeta-Jones; Kristin Chenoweth; Boy George; Mississippi native James Earl Jones; Vanessa Redgrave;  film/TV legend Mitzi Gaynor; TV star Kristine Johnson. 

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First book:
Rock Opera 



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