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Famous composer died
Composing a soundtrack a tough job? For Taxidriver Hitchcock composer Bernard Hermann finished recording the last note of music on 23th December 1975, went back to his hotel and died in his sleep that night.
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The adventures of Humphrey and Katharine
62 years ago at December 23, 1951 The African Queen was released. The movie, starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn, was a big success. Humphrey Bogart won an Oscar.
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Clark Gable’s wife died
73 years ago (January 16, 1942) Gable’s wife Carole Lombard was on a tour to sell war bonds when the airplane she was traveling in crashed into a mountain near Las Vegas (USA), killing all aboard including Lombard's mother. Clark was devastated by the tragedy and would never recover.
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Edith Wharton was born
153 years ago Edith Wharton, US novelist and Pulitzer Prize winning author was born. Her work was mostly set in New York society. It includes The House of Mirth (1905), the rural Ethan Frome (1911), The Custom of the Country (1913), and The Age of Innocence (1921).
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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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