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George Raft Helps I Love Lucy's Lucille Ball
By Paul Kyriazi
Last edited: Saturday, February 07, 2015
Posted: Sunday, April 03, 2011

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Raft was a big star of the '30s and '40s, appearing in 'Oceans 11' with Sinatra in the '60s.

In 1931, actor George Raft was working in the MGM movie 'Palmy Days' with Eddie Cantor. One day on the set he saw a beautiful red head chorus girl crying.  
"What's wrong?" he asked.
"I'm broke, I can't pay my rent, and worse my mother is coming in from the east for a visit. I don't know what to do."
Raft gave her a hundred dollar bill ($1,500 today) and use of his limousine and driver. The girl said, "I'll take it as a loan."
She picked up her mother at the Pasadena train station in the limousine who was overwhelmed.The driver took them to a fancy restaurant and they had a great time.
Several years later, Lucille Ball surprised Raft by repaying the $100.
Over the years Lucy made many efforts to help Raft, in appreciation for his generosity.
This story was told by Lucille Ball herself.
Raft was known as the 'the softest touch' in Hollywood. Helping both the famous and unknown. However, he never wanted anyone to help him. He loved to be self-reliant.
But when he got into a back tax problem that was publiscized, he received a blank check in the mail from Frank Sinatra with a note saying: "Just fill in any amount you need, George."
Later Sinatra hired Raft to appear in 'Ocean's 11'.
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