I met Gig Young (born Byron Barr) on Dec. 12, 1977, at the celebrity hangout, the Stage Deli, on Broadway. He had won an Oscar as Best Supporting Actor as the sleazy promoter of a dance marathon in They Shoot Horses Don’t They? At one time he was married to Elizabeth Montgomery, daughter of Hollywood’s Robert Montgomery, and star of TV’s Bewitched in the 1960s.
Gig, 63, introduced me to his latest fiancée, Kim Schmidt, 30. They met on the set of his latest film, The Game of Death, when it was filmed in Hong Kong, the last movie in which the late Bruce Lee starred. Kim was a script continuity expert on the production. Gig made Kim his fifth wife a year later in September 1978. Three weeks after the wedding they were found shot to death in an apparent murder-suicide in their New York apartment. No motive was found.