Elaine Young, the vivacious real estate agent to the stars for 47 years (make that bona fide stars, like Warren Beatty, Elizabeth Taylor, Elvis Presley, Burt Reynolds, Frank Sinatra…), died of cancer yesterday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, in Los Angeles. She was 71. The daughter of a manager at Universal Studios, Young grew up in Hollywood and her lifestyle was said to equal that of her famous clients, who were also her friends. She drove a Rolls Royce convertible, held court at the Polo Lounge in the Beverly Hills Hotel, entertained on television, and often was the subject of magazine profiles. Like most Hollywood stars, she was married multiple times (six), one of her husbands being actor Gig Young, with whom she a daughter. In 1979, she wrote her memoirs, A Million Dollars Down.
As famous as she was for her glamorous listings, Young also was known for the cosmetic surgery that changed her life. In the 1970s, she received a silicone procedure on her face that required 46 surgeries to correct – unsuccessfully – inspiring her to become a spokesperson against plastic surgery. “This is so sad,” said Randy Barbato of the news today of her death. “She was in our OJ Mania documentary for the BBC many years ago, and was one of the first plastic surgery stars. She was doing it before Jocelyn Wildenstein and Pete Burns. And I remember interviewing her one time in Beverly Hills, in the hot sun, and was convinced that parts of her face and cheek bone were shifting as we spoke. About a year later she showed up on one of the daytime talk shows to talk about her leaking silicone cheek implants.”
In 2004, Young auditioned for WOW’s upcoming Bravo series Million Dollar Listing, and we present here a clip from the casting reel in which she talks about the five commissions she made off of Gig Young. (Watch it here)
(Elaine Young press kit)