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Annie and Grammy Hall
This week 37 years ago, the classic Annie Hall was released. The ups and downs in the romance of neurotic comedian Alvy Singer and his girlfriend Annie Hall were directed by Woody Allen. The movie won 4 Academy awards the next year.
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95 years ago, April 17, 1919 Charles Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and D.W. Griffith established a new company, The United Artists Corporation. It was the only way to oppose the powerful producers and distributors who took a large slice of the profits.
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This week 58 years ago, (April 18, 1956 and religiously on April 19, 1956) Grace married Prince Rainier. Over 2,000 journalists were present to witness the fairytale wedding in the Cathedral of the Immaculate conception. They had three children, Caroline, Albert and Stephanie.
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Bergman signed an important contract
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
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
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
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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