Museum exhibit in South Beach honors the life and work of legendary Charlie Cinnamon

Charlie Cinnamon escorts Candice Bergen through Miami. Photograph courtesy of the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU.

The Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU on June 19 opens its three-month exhibit honoring the late Miami entertainment publicist Charlie Cinnamon.

Charlie Cinnamon: Legendary Press Agent runs through Sept. 16 at the museum in South Beach, 301 Washington Avenue. The exhibition features more than 100 historic items curated from the personal archives of Cinnamon, who grew up in the Bronx in the 1920s and died in Miami in 2016 at age 94.

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Charlie Cinnamon. Photograph courtesy of the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU.

 

For more than 60 years, Cinnamon earned respect among journalists, celebrities and fellow publicists for his straightforward and no-spin brand of promotion. He worked with some of the world’s biggest stars, including Elizabeth Taylor, Johnny Carson, Tallulah Bankhead, Milton Berle, Carol Channing, Ethel Merman, Chita Rivera, Lauren Bacall, Liza Minelli, Eartha Kitt, Hugh Hefner, Princess Caroline of Monaco, Julio Iglesias, Rita Moreno and many more.

“Each year the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU chooses an icon from the community to honor with an exhibition, celebrating their contributions to national culture and the arts,” said Susan Gladstone, the Executive Director of the museum. “Charlie Cinnamon was the ultimate star-maker who transformed our part of the world into a star. There is a famous saying on Miami Beach: ‘Everyone has a Charlie story,’ because he helped so many people and cultural institutions for more than six decades.”

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Charlie Cinnamon. Photograph courtesy of the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU.

 

Jacqueline Goldstein curated the new exhibit, with items are on loan from the Cinnamon family, from Broadway producer and director Richard Jay-Alexander, and from photojournalist Manny Hernandez. Jay-Alexander and Hernandez, an INDULGE contributing photographer, were friends and colleagues of Cinnamon for decades, and consider him a major influence on their lives and careers. They helped to preserve Cinnamon’s memorabilia, and were the ones who spearheaded this tribute by approaching the museum to help make this exhibition possible.

The Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU is open Tuesday-Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and is free on Saturdays and for members and children under 6. For more information: 305-786- 972-3175 or jmof.fiu.edu.

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