Once described as a hustler who latched on to fame for his own purposes, former hairdresser-turned-movie producer Jon Peters undoubtedly left an indelible mark on Hollywood for better or worse. For most people he came across, however, Peters left an unmistakably negative impression thanks to his unrelenting ability to use others for his own needs. He also possessed a titanic temper, a huge appetite for sex and drugs, and the insatiable desire to boast about everything from his wealth to all the famous women he had bedded; he even claimed that the characters in "Shampoo" (1975) and "American Gigolo" (1980) were modeled after him despite the filmmakers claiming otherwise. Peters broke into the producing game after establishing himself as a top Hollywood hairdresser with four salons and exclusive clientele, some of whom became his romantic partners. His entry into show business came via Barbra Streisand, for whom he designed a wig and later becoming her business manager and lover. After landing a big hit his first time out with "A Star Is Born" (1976), the pair were seemingly attached by the hip, with Peters doing just about everything from producing albums to marketing Streisand's image, all in an attempt to transform her career while establishing his own. Once the couple split some time in the early 1980s - though they remained friendly - Peters formed another, albeit different partnership with buttoned-up, but no less ambitious producer Peter Guber. Representing the yin and yang of both of their personalities and professional drive, the duo churned out a series of commercial and critical hits throughout the decade, including "Flashdance" (1983), "The Color Purple" (1985), "The Witches of Eastwick" (1987), "Rain Man" (1988) and "Batman" (1989). Based on that track record, Sony hired Peters and Guber after their acquisition of Columbia Pictures and installed the pair as co-studio heads, only to force Peters out a year later because of his throat-grabbing style and profligate spending. Once on his own, Peters' career hit a long, precipitous slide that saw few hits and the potential for a blizzard of lawsuits for his kiss-and-tell-all book plans, proving that even the mightiest Hollywood titans can fall into disgrace.