Pierre Cossette

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Pierre Cossette
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Cossette (far right) posing with Michael Bolton, Kenny G and others in 1990
Pierre Maurice Joseph Cossette

(1923-12-15)December 15, 1923
DiedSeptember 11, 2009(2009-09-11) (aged 85)
Montreal, Quebec
OccupationTelevision and Broadway producer

Pierre Maurice Joseph Cossette (December 15, 1923 – September 11, 2009) [1] [2] was a television executive producer and Broadway producer. Cossette produced the first television broadcast of the Grammy Awards in 1971. [3]

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Cossette was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame in 2005. Born in Valleyfield, Quebec, he also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2006, a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, California, Walk of Stars was dedicated to him. [4]

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Salaberry-de-Valleyfield City in Quebec, Canada

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Quebec Province of Canada

Quebec is one of the thirteen provinces and territories of Canada. It is bordered to the west by the province of Ontario and the bodies of water James Bay and Hudson Bay; to the north by Hudson Strait and Ungava Bay; to the east by the Gulf of Saint Lawrence and the province of Newfoundland and Labrador; and to the south by the province of New Brunswick and the US states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and New York. It also shares maritime borders with Nunavut, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia. Quebec is Canada's largest province by area and its second-largest administrative division; only the territory of Nunavut is larger. It is historically and politically considered to be part of Central Canada.

His autobiography, Another Day In Showbiz: One Producer's Journey, tells the story of an unassuming young man from rural Quebec who worked his way to the top of the world of glitz and glamour, galvanizing the music industry in the process. He offers his vision of the industry, detailing stars, directors, producers, movies, TV companies, record companies, and the art, creation, and exhibition of stage productions such as The Will Rogers Follies, The Scarlet Pimpernell, and the Voice of Woody Guthrie"'. In the book, Cossette describes a conversation he had with his personal friend, Donald Trump, about his having cast Marla Maples into his Broadway production of The Will Rogers Follies (Maples became Trump's second wife shortly thereafter).

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A Las Vegas legend for booking the world's biggest acts including the Rat Pack, Mae West, and many others. He went from agent to producer with the help and support of entertainment giant Harry Cohn.

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Cossette was one of the 20th century's most accomplished and versatile producers, having been a major player in booking Las Vegas' top shows, bringing The Grammy Awards to TV, and managing comedic giants such as Dick Shawn and Buddy Hackett. His son, John Cossette, became the producer of the Grammy Awards following Pierre Cossette's retirement. [5]

John Cossette was an American theater and television producer known for his work on televised award shows, especially the television broadcasts of the Grammy Awards.

Cossette died from congestive heart failure on September 11, 2009, in Montreal. He was 85 years old.

Montreal City in Quebec, Canada

Montreal is the most populous municipality in the Canadian province of Quebec and the second-most populous municipality in Canada. Originally called Ville-Marie, or "City of Mary", it is named after Mount Royal, the triple-peaked hill in the heart of the city. The city is centred on the Island of Montreal, which took its name from the same source as the city, and a few much smaller peripheral islands, the largest of which is Île Bizard. It has a distinct four-season continental climate with warm to hot summers and cold, snowy winters.

He is survived by his second wife, Mary; two sons, Andrew Cossette and John Cossette, both from a previous marriage to Dorothy Foy (who died in 1982); five stepchildren and eight grandchildren. John Cossette, who eventually took over as Grammy Executive Producer, died on April 26, 2011.

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