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Celebrity Neighbor Inspired Simon Cowell's Showbiz Career

August 20, 2010 (4:30 am) GMT
The music mogul recalls, when he saw Elizabeth Taylor partying in his neighbor's garden, he thought, 'God I hope I grow up and have a nice house so I can have parties like that.'

Music mogul became determined to succeed in show business after he saw and Robert Mitchum enjoying extravagant parties in a neighbor's garden when he was a child. Cowell achieved global stardom with his hit TV talent shows, including "" and "", and has become one of the most famous names of the entertainment industry in recent years.

Now he has revealed the secret of his success - a burning desire to emulate his childhood neighbor, former head of Warner Bros. in the U.K., Gerry Blatner - who frequently held star-studded parties at his mansion.

Cowell tells Britain's Radio Times magazine, "As a kid, I would look over the fence at this great house and see everyone - Robert Mitchum, Elizabeth Taylor, all these great actors having the time of their lives I remember thinking from a very, very early age, 'God I hope I grow up and have a nice house so I can have parties like that'."

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