Thursday, February 17, 2011

Harry Drucker: Barber to the Stars

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Harry Drucker’s list of celebrity clientele reads like a Who’s Who of Hollywood.

Frank Sinatra and the members of the Rat Pack, Clark Gable, Tyrone Power, Danny Kaye, Spencer Tracy, and Orson Welles; to name just a few.

Harry developed the "invisible haircut" for actors who needed trims that wouldn’t be visibly evident in their day-today appearances before the movie camera.

According to the book "Supermob," author Gus Russo mentions that one of the attractions in Harry’s shop was a glassed-in barber chair with a phone in it.

Certain clientele such as mobster Bugsy Siegal, Elvis Presley and Ronald Regan favored this secure hotline.

A BBC reporter recounts “how one fateful evening in 1947 Bugsy visited the barber's shop for a shave and a trim - an hour later he was found shot dead - but clean-shaven.”

Bugsy Siegal

Harry died at age 91 in 1998.

His landmark shop, now Gornik-Drucker's, is located at Linden Drive and Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills, California.

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