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following is a list of FBI files on different celebrities.

Celebrity FBI Files

Bud AbbottAbbott,
– Bud Abbott was a part of the Abbott and Costello
comedy team. They made movies and performed on television. This release is
references on Abbott only. It contains correspondence between Abbott and
Director Hoover, Espionage and Interstate Transportation of Obscene
Material matters.

Gracie AllenAllen,
– [ File
] | FILE
] – Gracie Allen, her husband, George Burns, Mary Livingston (wife
of Jack Benny) and Jack Benny were investigated in 1939 for bringing
jewelry and clothing into the country from Europe and not paying the duty
tax on it. The investigation by the New York City authorities resulted in
Jack Benny and George Burns paying fines. It is alleged that the real
smugglers were Gracie Allen and Mary Livingston.

Steve AllenAllen,
– [ File
] – Steve Allen, an entertainer, was the victim of two extortion
attempts investigated by the FBI. The first extortion attempt consisted of
a letter sent to the CBS network in New York demanding that the writer be
given $30,000 or Mr. Allen would be harmed. Prosecution was declined by the
United States Attorney. In the second extortion attempt, the writer accused
Mr. Allen of being a communist and threatened to shoot him. The name of the
person whose signature was on the letter was interviewed, but he could not
read or write English; consequently, it was determined that the signature
on the letter was forged. Additional letters were received, but no subjects
were ever identified in this investigation.

Elizabeth ArdenArden,
– [ File #1
] – An investigative file was opened on Elizabeth Arden, operator of
the cosmetic firm “Elizabeth Arden,” upon receipt of a letter in 1941
alleging that she was opening branches of her firm to be used as clearing
houses for Nazi activities. Also enclosed is personal correspondence
between Ms. Arden and Director Hoover.

Louis ArmstrongArmstrong,
– Louis Armstrong, was born in 1900 and was a
well known jazz trumpeter. He toured with his own jazz band for years in
the United States, Europe, Africa, Australia, and even into the Soviet
Union. Jewelry was stolen from a hotel room at the Century Plaza in Los
Angeles in November 1970, with the estimated value of $ 30,000. There is a
summary of Armstrong’s referenced activities. Louis Armstrong was never the
subject of an FBI investigation.

Desi ArnazArnaz,
– [ File #1
File #3
File #5
File #7
] – Desi Arnaz was born March 2, 1917 in Santiago, Cuba. He and his parents
left Cuba in approximately 1933. He came to America with his parents, and
he and his Mother remained here when his Father returned to Cuba. He was a
Hollywood actor, musician and a television star. He along with his wife,
Lucille Ball, starred in “I Love Lucy” television show and he and his wife
formed “Desilu Productions,” with Desi Arnaz as its President. This
production company produced several television programs.

Josephine BakerBaker,
– [ File #1
File #2
File #3
File #4
File #5
] – The famous nightclub entertainer was thought to be involved in
communist activities, however, no evidence was ever found that proved

Lucille BallBall,
– [ File #1
File #3
] – This file primarily relates to the 1953 House Committee on Un-American
Activities hearings which revealed that Miss Ball had registered to vote as
a communist in 1936 at the insistence of her grandfather.

The BeatlesThe
– [ File
] – The Beatles, a “British Pop Musical group,” received an extortion
threat as they were appearing in Denver, CO on August 26, 1964. They were
told to cancel their appearance in Denver or they would throw grenades at
them. John Lennon, a member of the group, was the subject of an immigration
appeal. There are various cross references to them in this release.

Irving Berlin Berlin,
 [ 23 Pages, 1.35MB ] –  Irving
Berlin (1888-1989) was a noted American songwriter. This release
(previously made, but now made available on the FBI Vault) consists of 23
pages of miscellaneous documents in which Berlin’s name appears; he was not
the subject of any FBI investigation. Several of these documents deal with
Director Hoover’s support for Berlin to win the American Hebrew Medal of

Biggie Smalls Biggie
[ 359 Pages, 9.99MB ] –
 Christopher George Wallace (1972-1997)—also known as “Notorious
B.I.G.”—was a rap musician who was murdered on March 9, 1997. The FBI opened
a civil rights/color of law investigation into the murder; the case was
closed in 2005. This release consists of FBI files between 1997 and 2005.

Sonny BonoBono, Sonny
– In 1966, Salvatore “Sonny” Bono, a rock-n-roll singer, received a
kidnaping threat. The person sending the several letters was believed to be
from either Chicago or Milwaukee, and appeared to suffer from some type of
mental illness. The original letters and envelopes were sent to the FBI
Laboratory for examination.

George BurnsBurns,
 – [ 73 Pages, 7.02 MB ]
– George Burns (January 20, 1896 – March 9, 1996), born Nathan
Birnbaum, was an American comedian, actor, and writer. He was one of the
few entertainers whose career successfully spanned vaudeville, film, radio,
and television. His arched eyebrow and cigar smoke punctuation became
familiar trademarks for over three quarters of a century. At the age of 79,
Burns’ career was resurrected as an amiable, beloved and unusually active
old comedian in the 1975 film The Sunshine Boys, for which he won the
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He continued to work until shortly
before his death, in 1996, at the age of 100.

James BrownBrown,
James Joseph
– [ 34 Pages, 29.88 MB ] – James
Joseph Brown, Jr. (May 3, 1933 – December 25, 2006) was an American
recording artist and musician. One of the founding fathers of funk music
and a major figure of 20th-century popular music and dance, he is often
referred to as “The Godfather of Soul”. In a career that spanned six
decades, Brown profoundly influenced the development of many different
musical genres.

Johnny Carson Carson,
 – [
563 Pages, 259MB ] – John William “Johnny” Carson (October 23, 1925 –
January 23, 2005) was an American television host, comedian, writer,
producer, actor, and musician, best known for his thirty years as host of
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962–1992). Carson received six
Emmy Awards, the Governor’s Award, and a 1985 Peabody Award. He was
inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1987. Johnny Carson
was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1992 and received a
Kennedy Center Honor in 1993. Although his show was already successful
by the end of the 1960s, during the 1970s Carson became an American icon
and remained so even after his retirement in 1992. He adopted a casual,
conversational approach with extensive interaction with guests, an approach
pioneered by Arthur Godfrey and previous Tonight Show hosts Steve Allen and
Jack Paar. Former late-night host and friend, David Letterman, cited
Carson’s influence.

Note: There were possibly files related to
Carson which were destroyed. These records were obtained on CD-ROM, and
were combined into one .pdf. It is large, but holds book marks inside the
.pdf to differentiate the different files which were obtained.

Johnny CashCash,
[ 334 Pages, 12.78 MB ] – John
R. “Johnny” Cash (February 26, 1932 – September 12, 2003) was a
singer-songwriter, actor, and author, widely considered one of the most
influential American musicians of the 20th century. Although primarily
remembered as a country icon, his genre-spanning songs and sound embraced
rock and roll, rockabilly, blues, folk, and gospel. This crossover appeal
won Cash the rare honor of multiple induction in the Country Music, Rock
and Roll, and Gospel Music Halls of Fame.

Charlie ChaplinChaplin,
[ Part
] – Charles Spencer “Charlie” Chaplin (1889-1971) was a comic
actor, movie director, and one of the founders of United Artists Pictures,
a major Hollywood film studio. This release consists of two types of files,
one involving a White Slave Traffic Act (or interstate prostitution)
investigation and a domestic security file concerning Chaplin’s ties to
communist organizations in the U.S. The dates range from 1922 to 1978.

Tom Clancy Clancy,
[ 46 Pages, 22.50MB ]

 (Release #2) 
[ 15 Pages, 10.9MB
]Thomas Leo “Tom” Clancy, Jr. (April 12, 1947 – October 1, 2013) was an
American novelist and historian best known for his technically detailed
espionage and military science storylines set during and in the aftermath
of the Cold War, and for video games that bear his name for licensing and
promotional purposes. Seventeen of his novels were bestsellers, and more
than 100 million copies of his books are in print. His name was also a
brand for similar movie scripts written by ghost writers and non-fiction
books on military subjects. He was a part-owner of the Baltimore Orioles
and Vice Chairman of their Community Activities and Public Affairs
committees.This file is a result of his background check by the Bureau, as
Clancy was considered as a consultant for the White House Space

Dick ClarkClark, Richard
Wagstaff “Dick”
– [ 38 Pages, 4 MB ] – Richard “Dick”
W. Clark (1929-2012) was an entertainer and businessman best known for his
long tenure as host of American Bandstand. These materials consist of
investigations made in 1962 and 1985 into threats of violence against Clark
and others.

John Denver Denver,
 [ 33 Pages, 1.85MB ] –  Henry John
Deutschendorf, Jr. (December 31, 1943 – October 12, 1997), known
professionally as John Denver, was an American singer, songwriter, actor,
activist, and humanitarian. He was one of the most popular acoustic artists
of the 1970s. After traveling and living in numerous locations while
growing up in his military family, Denver began his music career in folk
music groups in the late 1960s. His greatest commercial success was as a
solo singer, starting in the 1970s. Throughout his life, Denver recorded
and released approximately 300 songs, about 200 of which he composed.

Walt Disney Disney,
Walter “Walt”
 [ 316 Pages, 18.44MB ] –
 Walter Elias “Walt” Disney (December 5, 1901 – December 15, 1966) was
an American business magnate, animator, cartoonist, producer, director,
screenwriter, philanthropist and voice actor. A major figure within the
American animation industry and throughout the world, he is regarded as an
international icon, well known for his influence and contributions to the
field of entertainment during the 20th century. As a Hollywood business
mogul, he, along with his brother Roy O. Disney, co-founded Walt Disney
Productions, which later became one of the best-known motion picture
production companies in the world. The corporation is now known as The Walt
Disney Company and had an annual revenue of approximately US$45 billion in
the 2013 financial year.

Robin H. Gibb Eazy-E [
178 Pages, 15.9MB ] –  Eric Lynn Wright (September 7, 1963 –
March 26, 1995), better known by his stage name Eazy-E, was an American
rapper who performed solo and in the hip hop group N.W.A. Wright is
affectionately called “The Godfather Of Gangsta Rap”. He was born to Richard
and Kathie Wright in Compton, California. After dropping out of high school
in the tenth grade, he supported himself primarily by selling drugs before
investing in Ruthless Records and becoming a rapper. When Ruthless artist
Ice Cube wrote “Boyz-n-the-Hood”, Dre, Cube, and Eazy formed N.W.A. After
DJ Yella, MC Ren, and Arabian Prince joined the group, N.W.A released
N.W.A. and the Posse. In 1988, they released their most controversial
album, Straight Outta Compton. The group released two more albums and then
disbanded after Eazy released Dr. Dre from his contract.

Errol FlynnFlynn,
– In the 1940’s Flynn was the subject of a White
Slave Traffic Act investigation and victim of two extortion cases.

Robin H. Gibb Gibb,
Robin H.
 [ 818 Pages, 0.7MB ] –  Robin
H. Gibb (1949-2012) was a well-known singer/songwriter with the Bee Gees
music group. Between 1980 and 1981, the FBI assisted a foreign police
service in investigating a potentially threatening telegram sent to the
London law firm representing Gibb’s then wife in divorce proceedings; the
telegram was signed “Robin Gibb.” The investigation did not go beyond the
initial stages as the law firm did not wish to pursue the matter.

Paul Harvey Harvey,
[ 1,188 Pages, 71.57MB ] –  Paul
Harvey Aurandt Paul Harvey Aurandt (1918-2009), popularly known as Paul
Harvey, was a long-time radio broadcaster for ABC. Harvey corresponded with
the Bureau on a range of issues between 1956 and 1986. He was also the
subject of two investigations, a 1951 Atomic Energy Act investigation
sparked when he entered a restricted area at a U.S. facility in pursuit of
a story and a 1983 background investigation.

Whitney HoustonHouston,
[ 128 Pages, 4.3MB ] – Whitney
Elizabeth Houston (1963-2012) was a well-known American recording artist
and actress. This release consists of several FBI investigations into
threats made against Houston between 1988 and 1999.

Rock Hudson Hudson,
 [ 34 Pages, 0.7MB ] –  Rock Hudson
(born Roy Harold Scherer, Jr.; November 17, 1925 – October 2, 1985) was an
American actor. Although he was widely known as a leading man in the 1950s
and 1960s, often starring in romantic comedies opposite Doris Day, Hudson
is also recognized for dramatic roles in films such as Giant and
Magnificent Obsession. In later years, he found success in television,
starring in the popular mystery series McMillan & Wife and the soap
opera Dynasty.

I Was a Communist Spy Radio I
Was a Communist Spy Radio
 [ 73 Pages, 7.27MB
] – I Was a Communist for the FBI consisted of 78 episodes
syndicated by the Frederick W. Ziv Company to more than 600 stations,
including KNX in Los Angeles, California, with original episodes running
from March 30, 1952 to September 20, 1953. The program was made without the
cooperation of the FBI. Real-life undercover agent Matt Cvetic was
portrayed by Dana Andrews. The show had a budget of $12,000 a week, a very
high cost to produce a radio show at the time.

Michael JacksonJackson,
– Between 1993 and 1994 and separately
between 2004 and 2005, Mr. Jackson was investigated by California law
enforcement agencies for possible child molestation. He was acquitted of
all such charges. The FBI provided technical and investigative assistance to
these agencies during the cases. The Bureau also investigated threats made
against Mr. Jackson and others by an individual who was later imprisoned
for these crimes.

Russell Tyrone Jones Jones,
Russell Tyrone
 [ 83 Pages, 3.64MB ] –
 Russell Tyrone Jones (1968-2004), aka “Ol’ Dirty Bastard”, was a
member of the hip-hop music group known as the Wu-tang Clan. The FBI looked
into the group’s activities under criminal enterprise statutes but no
charges were filed based on these investigations. The file ranges from 1999
to 2004.

Casey Kasem Kasem,
 [ 130 Pages, 21.7MB ] –
 Casey Kasem, 1932 to 2014, born as Kemal Amen Kasem, was an actor,
producer, and well known disk jockey and music celebrity. These files
concern FBI investigations of violent threats made against Kasem between
1981 and 1993.

Gene Kelly Kelly,
 – Eugene Curran “Gene” Kelly (August 23,
1912 – February 2, 1996) was an American dancer, actor, singer, film
director, producer, and choreographer. Kelly was known for his energetic
and athletic dancing style, his good looks and the likeable characters that
he played on screen.  This release of the main FBI file on Kelly spans
the years 1947 through 1975; the active part of the investigation spanned
the years 1947 to 1951. The investigation concerned Kelly’s ties to various
left-wing groups.

JFK Jr.Kennedy
Jr., John F.
– Although John F. Kennedy Jr., was not
the subject of an FBI case, investigations were conducted when the FBI
learned of alleged plots to kidnap the former President’s son in 1985 and
1995. Files also contain a reference to laboratory examinations in 1994 to
determine the true writer of a threatening letter received by a United
States Senator. The letter was written by an unknown person and signed,
“John F. Kennedy, Jr.”

John LennonLennon,
– [ File #1
File #3
] – Investigation conducted when the FBI learned that John Lennon
contributed $75,000 to a group planning to disrupt the Republican National
Convention in 1972.

Louie, Louie Louie,
Louie (The Song)
 [ 119 Pages, 6.41MB
] – In 1963, a rock group named the Kingsmen recorded the song
“Louie, Louie.” The popularity of the song and difficulty in discerning the
lyrics led some people to suspect the song was obscene. The FBI was asked
to investigate whether or not those involved with the song violated laws
against the interstate transportation of obscene material. The limited
investigation lasted from February to May 1964 and discovered no evidence of

Steve McQueen McQueen,
 [ 119 Pages, 6.41MB ] – Terence
Steven “Steve” McQueen (March 24, 1930 – November 7, 1980) was an American
actor. He was called “The King of Cool.” His “anti-hero” persona, developed
at the height of the Vietnam counterculture, made him a top box-office draw
of the 1960s and 1970s.[4] McQueen received an Academy Award nomination for
his role in The Sand Pebbles. His other popular films include The Thomas
Crown Affair, Bullitt, The Getaway, and Papillon, as well as the all-star
ensemble films The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, and The Towering
Inferno. In 1974, he became the highest-paid movie star in the world, although
he did not act in films again for four years. McQueen was combative with
directors and producers, but his popularity placed him in high demand and
enabled him to command large salaries.

Jimi Hendrix Hendrix,
 [ 34 Pages, 4.16MB ] – James
Marshall “Jimi” Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix; November 27, 1942 –
September 18, 1970) was an American musician, singer, and songwriter.
Despite a relatively brief mainstream career spanning four years, he is
widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential electric
guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated
musicians of the 20th century. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame describes him
as “arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music.”

Marilyn MonroeMonroe,
– [ File #1
] – This file contains accounts of publicity about Miss Monroe’s
alleged affairs and speculation about the circumstances surrounding her

Bettie Page Page,
 [ 34 Pages, 4.16MB ] – Bettie Mae
Page (1923-2008) was famous for her pin-up portraits and nude modeling.
Although the FBI did not investigate Page, her name appeared in several FBI
interstate transportation of obscene materials investigations, a San
Francisco Field Office crime survey, and—in passing—a counterintelligence
investigation. These materials are dated between 1947 and 1957.

Don Pardo Pardo,
Dominick “Don”
 [ 28 Pages, 14.84MB
] – Dominick George “Don” Pardo (February 22, 1918 – August 18,
2014) was an American radio and television announcer whose career spanned
more than seven decades. A member of the Television Hall of Fame, Pardo was
noted for his 70-year tenure with NBC, working as the announcer for early
incarnations of such notable shows as The Price Is Right, Jackpot,
Jeopardy!, Three on a Match, Winning Streak and NBC Nightly News. His
longest, and best-known, announcing job was for NBC’s Saturday Night Live,
a job he held for 39 seasons, from the show’s debut in 1975 until his death
in 2014.

– [ File #1
File #3
File #5
File #7
File #9File #10
File #12
] – Although Elvis Presley was not personally the subject of an FBI
investigation, the FBI maintains records filed under his name comprising
over 600 pages. These records consist of copies of letters from members of
the public commenting on his performances, newspaper clippings, and
documents reporting that Mr. Presley was the target of extortion attempts.

Paul Robeson Robeson,
Paul –
[ File
 84.04MB | File
 102.10MB | File
 60.84MB ] – [ 2,840 Total Pages ] –  Paul Leroy
Robeson (April 9, 1898 – January 23, 1976) was an African-American singer
and actor who became involved with the Civil Rights Movement. At
university, he was an outstanding American football player, then had an
international career in singing, as well as acting in theater and cinema.
He became politically involved in response to the Spanish Civil War,
Fascism, and social injustices. His advocacy of anti-imperialism,
affiliation with Communism, and his criticism of the US government caused
him to be blacklisted during McCarthyism. Ill health forced him into
retirement from his career. He remained an advocate of the unpopular
political stances he took until his death.

Will RogersRogers,
– [ File #1
] – William Penn Adair “Will” Rogers (November 4, 1879 – August 15,
1935) was an American cowboy, vaudeville performer, humorist, newspaper
columnist, social commentator, and stage and motion picture actor. He
became one of the most famous American media stars during the 1920s and

Pete SeegerSeeger,
 – [1,732 Pages, 108MB] – Peter
“Pete” Seeger (May 3, 1919 – January 27, 2014) was an American folk singer
and social activist. A fixture on nationwide radio in the 1940s, he also
had a string of hit records during the early 1950s as a member of the
Weavers, most notably their recording of Lead Belly’s “Goodnight, Irene”,
which topped the charts for 13 weeks in 1950. Members of the Weavers were
blacklisted during the McCarthy Era. In the 1960s, he re-emerged on the
public scene as a prominent singer of protest music in support of
international disarmament, civil rights, counterculture and environmental

Rod SerlingSerling,
 – [40 Pages, 17.4MB] – Rodman Edward
“Rod” Serling (December 25, 1924 – June 28, 1975) was an American
screenwriter, playwright, television producer, and narrator known for his
live television dramas of the 1950s and his science-fiction anthology TV
series, The Twilight Zone. Serling was active in politics, both on and off
the screen, and helped form television industry standards. He was known as
the “angry young man” of Hollywood, clashing with television executives and
sponsors over a wide range of issues including censorship, racism, and war.

Frank SinatraSinatra,
– FBI Headquarters Files – [ File #1
File #2
File #3
File #4
File #5
File #6File #7
File #8
File #9
File #12

FBI Field Office Files – [ File

Elizabeth Taylor Taylor,
 [ 154 Pages, 8.87MB ] –
 Elizabeth Rosemond “Liz” Taylor (1932-2011) was a famous Hollywood
actress. This release consist of 154 pages of files from the years 1949 to
1987. These files detail multiple extortion attempts against Taylor that
the Bureau investigated over the years.

(Black), Shirley
 [ 413 Pages, 20.9MB ] –
Shirley Temple Black (1928-2014) was a well known actress and political
appointee in several administrations. This release consists of a 1969
background investigation made when Ms. Black was under consideration for
executive appointment. Also included are two small files regarding threats
made against Ms. Black.

This Is Your FBI This is
Your FBI
 [ 45 Pages, 13.95MB ] –
 This Is Your FBI was a radio crime drama which aired in the United
States on ABC from April 6, 1945 to January 30, 1953 for a total of 409
shows. FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover gave it his endorsement, calling it “the
finest dramatic program on the air”. Producer-director Jerry Devine was
given access to FBI files by Hoover, and the resulting dramatizations of
FBI cases were narrated by Frank Lovejoy (1945), Dean Carleton (1946–1947)
and William Woodson (1948–1953). Stacy Harris played the lead role of
fictional Special Agent Jim Taylor. Others in the cast were William Conrad,
Bea Benaderet and Jay C. Flippen

Tupac Shakur Tupac
 [ 102 Pages, 5.6MB ] –
 Tupac Amaru Shakur (1971-1996) was an American rap music artist. This
release consists of a 1997 investigation into allegations that extortionate
death threats had been made against Shakur and another rap artist by a
domestic terrorist group.

Jack Valenti Valenti,
 [ 585 Pages, 5.6MB ] –  Jack
Joseph Valenti (September 5, 1921 – April 26, 2007) was a longtime
president of the Motion Picture Association of America. During his 38-year
tenure in the MPAA, he created the MPAA film rating system, and he was
generally regarded as one of the most influential pro-copyright lobbyists
in the world. Valenti served as liaison with the news media during the
November 22, 1963 visit of President John F. Kennedy and Vice-President
Lyndon B. Johnson to Dallas, Texas, and Valenti was in the presidential
motorcade. Following the assassination of President Kennedy, Valenti was
present in the famous photograph of Lyndon Johnson’s swearing in aboard Air
Force One, and flew with the new president to Washington.   Please
note: Valenti’s FBI file came in multiple parts. I combined them for
easy downloading, but kept the bookmarks accessible, so you can jump from
file to file. Just check the bookmark list on the .PDF to see how it was
sent to me. 

John WayneWayne,
– [ File #1
] – Marion Mitchell Morrison (born Marion Robert Morrison; May 26,
1907 – June 11, 1979), known by his stage name John Wayne, was an American
film actor, director, and producer. An Academy Award-winner for True Grit
(1969), Wayne was among the top box office draws for three decades. An
enduring American icon, for several generations of Americans he epitomized
rugged masculinity and is famous for his demeanor, including his
distinctive calm voice, walk, and height.

George Orson Welles Welles,
George Orson
 [ 194 Pages, 8.94MB ] –  George
Orson Welles (1915-1985) was an American actor, director and producer. Mr.
Welles was investigated for his potential ties to communist activities in
1940’s Hollywood. This file ranges from 1941-1949, and includes one
document from 1976.


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Frank Sinatra Jr. Estimated 6,517 Pages @ $205.

Sinatra Jr. 6,517 Pages $205