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Katharine Hepburn wrote a book
Acting can be tough job. Katharine Hepburn penned a book about the shooting of The African Queen called: The making of the African queen, or how I went to Africa with Bogart, Bacall and Huston and almost lost my mind. It recalls the weeks in the former Belgian Congo, including her hunting an elephant together with John Huston.
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Congratulations Gene Hackman
Gene Hackman will turn eighty-three this Wednesday. In 2008 he said he had retired from acting (after 99 films), and he kept his word. Nowadays, Hackman has scripted a second act for himself as a historical novelist. He has written three novels. He had a serious bicycle accident last January.
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Lucky was not so lucky
53 years ago (January 26, 1962), Charles Lucky Luciano died of a heart attack at Naples (Italy) International Airport. Writer Mario Puzo based Don Corleone loosely on this inventor of modern crime. Luciano, just like Corleone, emigrated in 1906, settling in New York City, where he almost immediately embarked on a life of crime.
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Errol and a minor
This week 69 years ago (February 6, 1943) Errol was not found guilty of the accusation of corruption of a minor. The charge was made by two adolescents.
Oliver Twist was censored
This week in 1951 (February 21) a revised version of Oliver Twist (1948), which was judged anti-Semitic, was accorded ok by the Motion Picture Association of America.
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Bonnie and Clyde were killed
May 23, 1934 Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were shot 4 dozen times early in the morning in a police ambush as they were driving a stolen car. This ended the most spectacular manhunt seen in America up to that time.
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A famous writer was born in 1875
June 6, 1875 Thomas Mann, German novelist, was born. His work included Buddenbrooks (1901), Doctor Faustus (1947), The Magic Mountain and Death in Venice (1912).