Thanks for your question.
Lee Mortimer was born as Mortimer Lieberman to Nathan and Rose
Lieberman in Chicago, Illinois. His birth date is given as 1904 in
several sources, although still others have it as 1906. He attended
Northwestern University and later NYC. He began as a reporter in 1922.
Between 1922 and 1932, Mortimer worked as a reporter, feature writer,
and critic for various New York papers. In 1932, he went to work for
the NY Mirror as amusement editor and columnist. He also worked as a
radio commentator and as a lecturer of subjects such as crime and
Communism. During World War II, he served as a First Lieutenant in the
Signal Corps from 1942 to 1943.
He married Ann Koga in 1951, with whom hed corresponded, but was left
a widower in when she died of cancer in 1954. He died on March 1,
Who Was Who in America. Volume 4, 1961-1968. Chicago: Marquis Whos
Who, 1968, vol. 4, p. 683.
Obituaries on File, compiled by Felice Levy. New York: Facts on
File, 1979, p 431.
Ann Koga Mortimer Memorial Scholarship
Honolulu Star-Bulletin Editorial Column
After the war, Mortimer and reporter, Jack Lait wrote New York
Confidential, a purported guidebook to the seamier side of New York.
The book was a hit, and they repeated the winning formula with
Chicago Confidental,Washington Confidential and USA
Confidential. The books were strictly sensational and sold extremely
Mobtown Beat: Charmed Life
Cape Cod Confidential
Frank Sinatra and Lee Mortimer had a few run-ins. Sinatra, enraged at
being referred to as a dago and Mortimer attempting to tie him to
the Mafia and the Communist Party, punched Mortimer in the nose. The
Hearst papers (who employed Mortimer) promptly began attacking Sinatra
The Michigan Daily Online
An article by Mortimer on Frank Sinatra can be read at:
Frank Sinatra Confidential: Gangsters in the Night Clubs
Another site of interest:
Dewey Webb Pulp Fiction
Because Mortimer died in so long ago, I went to print sources for most
of his early life.
Biography and Genealogy Master Index. Detroit: Gale Research Co.,
vol. 5 2nd ed. P. 438 and vol. 4, 1981-85, p. 2659 gave me references
to the books listed above and I went from there.
Confidential lee mortimer
lee mortimer jack lait
lee mortimer sinatra
lee mortimer koga
I hope this answers your question. If you require additional
information, please ask for clarification, and Ill be happy to help
Clarification of Answer by
12 Nov 2002 15:48 PST
I'm sorry to say I haven't found any photos online. I did several
image searches, to no avail (plenty of Lee Mortimers, just not the one
you're looking for). I also took a quick look in two obituaries in old
bound volumes of two periodicals, just in case and again nothing.
"Time Magazine," March 8, 1963, 81:91
"Newsweek," March 11, 1963, 61:63
Google Images search
I did turn up one more site that offers a fuller account of the
"What Will Sinatra Do Next?"