Charlie was the youngest of eight children of Russian-Polish immigrants to New York City. (‘Cinnamon’ came from immigration officials at Ellis Island, who had a difficult time with his family’s Eastern European name). He served in Patton’s third Army in the Second World War and went to New York University, studying journalism, on the GI Bill.
Charlie decamped for Southern Florida in the 1950s where he made his mark as a top publicist in the state – promoting numerous arts and cultural institutions and events: the Coconut Grove Playhouse, Miami City Ballet, The Concert Association of Florida, Miami Beach Festival of the Arts and Broadway Across America. Over his career and lifetime, he was friend and confidante to many celebrities including Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Collins, George Abbott, Yul Brynner, Carol Channing and Eartha Kitt – to name a few.
Among the recognitions Charlie received were City of Miami Beach Medal of Honor, Lifetime Achievement Award from the Coconut Grove Playhouse and recognition by the Florida Business Journal as one of the ‘100 People Who Make Things Happen in South Florida.’
Productions represented by Charlie on Broadway were: The Corn is Green, Private Lives (starring Ms. Taylor and Richard Burton), A View From the Bridge and The Little Foxes (again staring Ms. Taylor). He also represented touring productions of The Gathering, Miss Saigon, Phantom of the Opera, Catskills on Broadway, Oba, Oba, A Grand Night for Singing and Funny, You Don’t Look Like a Grandmother.
He will be missed.