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 Glenn Louis Savan

Glenn Louis Savan

Birth
Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA
Death 14 Apr 2003 (aged 49)
Shrewsbury, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA
Burial University City, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA
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Memorial ID 101020803 · View Source
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Glenn is the son of Annette and Sidney Savan. He died in 2003 at the age of 49 after a long struggle with Parkinson's disease and degenerative joint disease. Glenn is buried next to his mother Annette Savan.
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Glenn Savan
In Memoriam

Author of "White Palace" ; 49

Glenn Savan, whose popular first novel, "White Palace" (1987), was about a St. Louis waitress's mismatched romance with an ad man, died a week ago at his home in Shrewsbury, Mo. He was 49.

The cause was either a heart attack or stroke, his family said.

Mr. Savan's book was about a recently widowed man with fussy attitudes and his Pygmalion-like embroilment with a slatternly waitress 14 years his senior who works at a White Palace hamburger joint. The complicated relationship eventually transforms both of them. The book, which became a best seller, was originally published as a Bantam paperback, the first title in a Bantam line of contemporary fiction.

The 1990 movie based on the novel starred James Spader and Susan Sarandon. Mr. Savan wrote the movie script with Ted Tally and made a cameo appearance in the film.

He wrote a second novel, "Goldman's Anatomy" (Doubleday, 1993), about a romantic triangle in which one of the three was an introspective bookworm forced to rely on crutches by a childhood disease. Mr. Savan himself had suffered since boyhood with what was eventually diagnosed as Parkinson ' s disease as well as with degenerative joint ailments.

Mr. Savan grew up in St. Louis and attended Webster University there. He received a master's degree at the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop in 1982. He waited on tables at a St. Louis restaurant at night for the three years it took him to complete "White Palace."

Mr. Savan is survived by his father, Sidney, and stepmother, Barbara Savan; a sister, Leslie Savan of New York; and two stepbrothers, Eric Leslie and Joe Leslie.
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Glen was the author of "WHITE PALACE" which was made into a motion picture staring Susan Sarandon and James Spader.

White Palace is a 1990 film starring Susan Sarandon and James Spader. It is a romantic drama about the unlikely relationship between a young middle class widower (Spader) who falls in love with a middle-aged working class waitress (Sarandon) in St. Louis, Missouri. The film was based on a novel of the same title by Glenn Savan (who appears in the film as an extra with a small speaking part), and was directed by Luis Mandoki from a screenplay by Ted Tally and Alvin Sargent. The original music score is composed by George Fenton. The film is marketed with the tagline "The story of a younger man and a bolder woman."

The title was originally to have been The White Castle, and the novel even makes reference to a specific real White Castle location at the intersection of S. Grand Blvd. and Gravois Ave. in south St. Louis, but the restaurant chain refused permission to use its trademarked name in either the novel or the film, and also refused permission to allow any of its restaurants for filming locations.

Instead, an independent diner at the intersection of North Eighteenth and Olive Streets just west of downtown St. Louis was used – and that address is even given in the film as a plug for the diner. After the film was released the diner's owners sought permission to permanently rename it "White Palace", but were refused by the studio, so the diner was instead renamed "White Knight".

The movie also features Jason Alexander, Kathy Bates, Steven Hill, Jeremy Piven, and Renee Taylor, and was shot almost entirely in the St. Louis area, including the Thanksgiving Dinner scenes, which were filmed in a private home off Conway Road located at #2 Frontenac Place in west St. Louis County, and Nora's house, which was in the Dogtown neighborhood of the City of St. Louis northwest of the intersection of Hampton and Manchester Avenues at 1521 W. Billon Avenue.


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  • Created by: Brent Stevens
  • Added: 20 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 101020803
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Glenn Louis Savan (28 Dec 1953–14 Apr 2003), Find A Grave Memorial no. 101020803, citing Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery, University City, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Brent Stevens (contributor 47516363) .