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Vera Caspary
VERA LOUISE CASPARY (November 13, 1899 – June 13, 1987) was an American writer of novels, plays, screenplays, and short stories. Her best-known novel, Laura , was made into a highly successful movie . Though she claimed she was not a "real" mystery writer, her novels effectively merged women's quest for identity and love with murder plots. Independence is the key to her protagonists, with her novels revolving around women who are menaced, but who turn out to be neither victimized nor rescued damsels. Following her father's death, the income from Caspary's writing was at times only just sufficient to support both herself and her mother, and during the Great Depression she became interested in Socialist causes. Caspary joined the Communist party under an alias, but not being totally committed and at odds with its code of secrecy, she claimed to have confined her activities to fund-raising and hosting meetings
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20th Century Fox
TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX FILM CORPORATION (known as TWENTIETH CENTURY-FOX FILM CORPORATION with hyphen from 1935 until 1985, stylized as 20TH CENTURY FOX or simply known as FOX or 20TH CENTURY FOX PICTURES) is an American film studio currently owned by 21st Century Fox . It is one of the Big Six major American film studios and is located in the Century City area of Los Angeles
Los Angeles
, just west of Beverly Hills . The studio was owned by News Corporation
News Corporation
until 2013. 20th Century Fox
20th Century Fox
is a member of the Motion Picture Association of America
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J. Arthur Rank
JOSEPH ARTHUR RANK, 1ST BARON RANK (22 December 1888 – 29 March 1972) was a British industrialist who was head and founder of the Rank Organisation . CONTENTS * 1 Family business * 2 Religious challenge * 3 Pinewood Film
Film
Studios * 4 Commercial challenge * 5 Rank Organisation
Rank Organisation
* 6 Films * 7 Core interests and legacy * 8 Family * 9 In popular culture * 10 References * 11 Further reading FAMILY BUSINESSRank was born on 22 or 23 December 1888 at Kingston upon Hull
Kingston upon Hull
in England
England
into a Victorian family environment, which was dominated by his father Joseph Rank who had built a substantial flour milling business. He was educated at The Leys School in Cambridge
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Good Housekeeping
GOOD HOUSEKEEPING is a women's magazine owned by the Hearst Corporation , featuring articles about women's interests, product testing by The Good Housekeeping
Good Housekeeping
Institute, recipes, diet, and health, as well as literary articles. It is well known for the "Good Housekeeping Seal", popularly known as the " Good Housekeeping
Good Housekeeping
Seal of Approval". CONTENTS * 1 History and profile * 2 Good Housekeeping
Good Housekeeping
Research Institute * 3 International editions * 4 American editors * 5 See also * 6 References * 7 Bibliography * 8 External links HISTORY AND PROFILEOn May 2, 1885 (132 years ago) (1885-05-02), Clark W. Bryan founded Good Housekeeping
Good Housekeeping
in Holyoke, Massachusetts as a fortnightly magazine. In 1891, the magazine became a monthly publication
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The White House
The WHITE HOUSE is the official residence and workplace of the President of the United States
President of the United States
, located at 1600 Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Avenue NW in Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C.
It has been the residence of every U.S. president since John Adams
John Adams
in 1800. The term White House
White House
is often used as a metonym for the president and his advisers , as in "The White House announced that...". The residence was designed by Irish-born architect James Hoban in the Neoclassical style . Construction took place between 1792 and 1800 using Aquia Creek sandstone painted white
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Darryl Zanuck
DARRYL FRANCIS ZANUCK (September 5, 1902 – December 22, 1979) was an American film producer and studio executive ; he earlier contributed stories for films starting in the silent era . He played a major part in the Hollywood studio system as one of its longest survivors (the length of his career was rivaled only by that of Adolph Zukor ). He earned three Academy Awards
Academy Awards
as producer for Best Picture during his tenure, but was responsible for many more
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Humphrey Bogart
HUMPHREY DEFOREST BOGART (/ˈboʊɡɑːrt/ ; December 25, 1899 – January 14, 1957) was an American screen and stage actor whose performances in 1940s films noir such as The Maltese Falcon , Casablanca , and The Big Sleep earned him status as a cultural icon . Bogart began acting in 1921 after a hitch in the U.S. Navy in World War I and little success in various jobs in finance and the production side of the theater. Gradually he became a regular in Broadway shows in the 1920s and 1930s. When the stock market crash of 1929 reduced the demand for plays, Bogart turned to film. His first great success was as Duke Mantee in The Petrified Forest (1936), and this led to a period of typecasting as a gangster with films such as Angels with Dirty Faces (1938). Bogart's breakthrough as a leading man came in 1941 with High Sierra and The Maltese Falcon
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Chicago, Illinois
CHICAGO (/ʃᵻˈkɑːɡoʊ/ ( listen ) or /ʃᵻˈkɔːɡoʊ/ ), officially the CITY OF CHICAGO, is the third-most populous city in the United States
United States
. With over 2.7 million residents, it is also the most populous city in both the state of Illinois
Illinois
and the Midwestern United States . It is the county seat of Cook County . The Chicago metropolitan area , often referred to as Chicagoland, has nearly 10 million people and is the third-largest in the U.S. Chicago
Chicago
has also been called a global architecture capital. In terms of wealth and economy, Chicago
Chicago
is considered one of the most important business centers in the world
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Hollywood Anti-Nazi League
The HOLLYWOOD ANTI-NAZI LEAGUE (later known as the AMERICAN PEACE MOBILIZATION ) was founded in Los Angeles in 1936 by Otto Katz and others to organize members of the American film industry to oppose fascism and Nazism
Nazism
. Although it was a communist front organization , run by the American popular front , it attracted broad support in Hollywood
Hollywood
from both members and nonmembers of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA). Like many such communist front groups, it ceased all anti-Nazi activities immediately upon the signing of the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact
Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact
in August 1939
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League Of American Writers
The LEAGUE OF AMERICAN WRITERS was an association of American novelists , playwrights , poets , journalists , and literary critics launched by the Communist Party USA
Communist Party USA
(CPUSA) in 1935. The group included Communist Party members, and so-called "fellow travelers " who closely followed the Communist Party's political line without being formal party members, as well as individuals sympathetic to specific policies being advocated by the organization. The League's policy objectives changed over time in accord with the shifting party line of the CPUSA
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Paramount Studios
PARAMOUNT PICTURES CORPORATION (also known simply as PARAMOUNT) is an American film studio based in Hollywood
Hollywood
, California
California
, that has been a subsidiary of the American media conglomerate Viacom
Viacom
since 1994. Paramount is the fifth oldest surviving film studio in the world, the second oldest in the United States
United States
, and the sole member of the "Big Six" film studios still located in the Los Angeles
Los Angeles
neighborhood of Hollywood. In 1916, film producer Adolph Zukor
Adolph Zukor
contracted 22 actors and actresses and honored each with a star on the logo. These fortunate few would become the first "movie stars." In 2014, Paramount Pictures
Paramount Pictures
became the first major Hollywood
Hollywood
studio to distribute all of its films in digital form only
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Houghton Mifflin
HOUGHTON MIFFLIN HARCOURT (/ˈhoʊtən ˈmɪflɪn ˈhɑːrkɔːrt/ ) is an educational and trade publisher in the United States. Headquartered in Boston
Boston
's Back Bay , it publishes textbooks , instructional technology materials, assessments, reference works , and fiction and non-fiction for both young readers and adults
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Sonia Dresdel
SONIA DRESDEL (5 May 1909 – 18 January 1976) was an English actress, whose career ran between the 1940s and 1970s. CONTENTS * 1 Life * 2 Career * 3 Death * 4 Selected filmography * 5 References * 6 External links LIFEShe was born LOIS OBEE in Hornsea
Hornsea
, East Riding of Yorkshire
East Riding of Yorkshire
, England, and was educated at Aberdeen High School for Girls and RADA
RADA
. CAREERHer performance in the lead role of Ibsen 's Hedda Gabler at the Westminster Theatre in 1942 "was legendary. It was the performance on which her reputation was founded. James Agate was ecstatic..." For a decade Dresdel was regarded as one of England's foremost stage actresses. Her leading role in the 1947 film While I Live
While I Live
also gained her a great deal of acclaim
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Eve Arden
EVE ARDEN (April 30, 1908 – November 12, 1990) was an American film, stage, and television actress, and comedian. She performed in leading and supporting roles over nearly six decades. Beginning her career on Broadway in the early 1930s, Arden's first major role was in the RKO Radio Pictures
RKO Radio Pictures
drama Stage Door
Stage Door
(1937) opposite Katharine Hepburn , followed by roles in the comedies Having Wonderful Time (1938) and At the Circus
At the Circus
(1939), starring the Marx Brothers . Arden would go on to earn an Academy Award
Academy Award
nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Mildred Pierce (1945)
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Ruth Warwick
RUTH ELIZABETH WARRICK (June 29, 1916 – January 15, 2005), DM , was an American singer, actress and political activist, best known for her role as Phoebe Tyler Wallingford on All My Children , which she played regularly from 1970 until her death in 2005. She made her film debut in Citizen Kane
Citizen Kane
, and years later celebrated her 80th birthday by attending a special screening of the film to a packed, standing-room-only audience. Over the years, she collected several books about Orson Welles
Orson Welles
and Citizen Kane, in which she wrote "Property of Ruth Warrick, Mrs. Citizen Kane". CONTENTS * 1 Early life and career * 2 All My Children * 3 Other * 4 Later years * 5 Death * 6 Posthumous * 7 Film credits * 8 References * 9 External links EARLY LIFE AND CAREER This section NEEDS ADDITIONAL CITATIONS FOR VERIFICATION
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John Ireland (actor)
JOHN BENJAMIN IRELAND (January 30, 1914 – March 21, 1992) was a Canadian actor and film director. CONTENTS * 1 Early life * 2 Career * 3 Personal life * 4 Filmography * 5 References * 6 External links EARLY LIFEIreland was born in Vancouver
Vancouver
, British Columbia
British Columbia
on January 30, 1914. He lived in New York City
New York City
from a very early age. Ireland's formal education ended at the 7th grade; and he worked to help his family make ends meet. He never knew his father. His mother remarried and had three other children, a daughter Kathryn, a son named Tommy (became Tommy Noonan who co-starred in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes"), and another son Michael. Their last name was Noone. Ireland never knew for sure where his last name came from. One of his jobs was in a water carnival where he wrestled a dead octopus
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