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A fairytale marriage

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This week 58 years ago, (April 18, 1956 and religiously on April 19, 1956) Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier-Louis-Henri-Maxence-Bertrand De Grimaldi. Over 2,000 journalists were present to witness the fairytale wedding in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. They would have three children, Caroline, Albert and Stephanie.
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The knighting of Chaplin took a while

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Movies and politics. Britain postponed knighting Charles Chaplin for nearly 20 years because of his romantic escapades and his politics. Chaplin was initially put forward for the honor in 1956 but did not receive it until 1975.
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Bergman signed an important contract

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72 years ago: April 24th 1942, Ingrid signed with Warner Bros. to play Ilsa in Casablanca. She was under contract with David O. Selznick, but he allowed her to do Casablanca in exchange for the right to use actress Olivia de Havilland in another film.
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Ingmar fled Sweden

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This week in 1976 (April 22) Bergman published an article in Scandinavia’s most popular evening newspaper entitled “Now Im leaving Sweden”. He explained that he had been accused of evading the payment of income tax.
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Disney signed with his first star

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91 years ago, Virginia Davis’ parents signed a contract with Laugh-O-gram Films, giving her 5% of receipts from showing the film Alice’s Wonderland for starring in the film (April 23, 1923).
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Judy's comeback in 1961

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On April 23, 1961 Judy Garland made an historic comeback as a singer. Judy, known to audiences since the 1940s, had suffered with illness – doctors feared she would not live. Some physicians even told Garland, only in her late 30s, she would never work again. But the concert was a great success. The live concert album won 5 Grammys and was America's #1 album for 13 weeks.
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Ingrid signed an important contract

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72 years ago: April 24th 1942, Ingrid Bergman signed with Warner Bros. to play Ilsa. She was under contract with David O. Selznick, but he allowed her to do Casablanca in exchange for the right to use actress Olivia de Havilland in another film.
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