Lupe Vélez
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Lupe Vélez
Lupe Vélez was a Mexican film actress. Vélez began her career in Mexico as a dancer before moving to the U.S. where she worked in vaudeville. She was noticed by Fanny Brice who promoted her. Vélez soon entered films, making her first appearance in 1924. By the end of the decade she had progressed to leading roles. With the advent of talking pictures Vélez acted in comedies, but she became disappointed with her film career, and moved to New York where she worked in Broadway productions.
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Mexicanas en Hollywood: talento y belleza en pantalla - Terra México
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Impulsada por Hal Roach, descubridor de 'El Gordo y el Flaco', Lupe Vélez consolidó una carrera como actriz cómica en el vecino país del norte. Obtuvo fama en la Unión Americana y en toda Latinoamerica gracias a su papel de 'Carmelita Lindsey' en el
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Hooray for Hollywood's Dearly Departed - Huffington Post (blog)
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Lupe Vélez, the Mexican Spitfire, did not drown in a toilet, which is physically impossible, but took an overdose of sleeping pills and probably banged her head on the toilet. And so on. As we learned in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence: "When the
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¡Ernesto Alonso murió hace 4 años; nunca quiso ir a Hollywood..! - UnomásUno
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FUE EL "7" un número muy especial en su vida ya que en 1937 se inicio como "extra" del cine mexicano en la película "La Zandunga" con Lupe Vélez como estrella… MARIA FELIX fue, indiscutiblemente, su mejor amiga… ERNESTO jamás se caso…
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Silent star Lon Chaney films speak volumes; TCM Summer Under The Stars August 15 - Examiner.com
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... Tod Browning (The Unknown, London After Midnight and 1925's The Unholy Three among them), Chaney stars as an animal tracker in Southeast Asia who is intent on protecting his daughter Toyo (Lupe Velez) from an American suitor, (Lloyd Hughes)
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Lon Chaney Movie Schedule: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, TELL IT TO THE MARINES ... - Alt Film Guide (blog)
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Cast: Lon Chaney, Lupe Velez, Estelle Taylor. BW-67 mins. 5:00 AM LONDON AFTER MIDNIGHT (1927) In this silent film, vampires are suspected in an unsolved murder. Dir: Tod Browning. Cast: Lon Chaney, Marceline Day, Henry B. Walthall. BW-47 mins
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“Cantinflas nos enseñó a reírnos de nuestros políticos” - Semana.com
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... del mundo cinematográfico como María Félix y Esther Fernández, Arcady Boytler, Charitos Granados, Dolores del Río, José Clemente Orozco, Lupe Vélez, María Asúnsolo, Efraín Huerta, Gloria Marín, Luis Buñuel, Janice Logan, y el músico Carlos Chávez
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Adriana Barraza, maestra de corazón - Esto
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... comentó que actualmente la Meca del Cine mundial no solamente ha contado con figuras mexicanas de la talla de Dolores del Río, Katy Jurado o Lupe Vélez, sino que hay otras mujeres, como Salma Hayek, que han realizado carrera importante
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Gary Cooper's Authenticity - National Catholic Register
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From the start, his leading ladies, including, for instance, Clara Bow, Marlene Dietrich, Tallulah Bankhead, Lupe Velez, Carole Lombard, Ingrid Bergman and Grace Kelly — and many other women along the way — warmed up quickly to him
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12:00 AM CINCO Lupe Vélez diva en el anonimato - Pulso de San Luis
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El año pasado, con motivo de los festejos por el Bicentenario del inicio de la Independencia y Centenario de la Revolución Mexicana, la vida de Lupe Vélez quedó en el anonimato por las autoridades responsables de armar la programación para conmemorar a
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Efemérides de espectáculos del 18 de julio - SDP Noticias
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Un 18 de julio nacieron los actores Vin Diesel, Elsa Pataki, Walter Vidarte, Lupe Vélez, los cantantes "Screamin" Jay Hawkins y Verónica y el guitarrista Daron Malakian; murieron la cantante y modelo Christa Paffgen "Nico" y el actor,
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Que voir au Théâtre à Paris cet été? - Toute la culture
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Le Déjazet propose ainsi une narration de la vie de Frida Kahlo sur un texte et une mise en scène de Lupe Velez. Toutes les infos, ici. Le 25 juillet, le Théâtre du Nord-Ouest crée la pièce « Les Alchimistes », de Kathleen Cromie (tra
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Presenta Gerardo Haghenbeck libro sobre porsonajes olvidados de la historia - E- Consulta
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... Guy Gavaldón, el gran héroe relegado de la Segunda Guerra Mundial; Lupe Vélez; Tina Modotti; Leonora Carrington y Remedios Varo; Raúl el Ratón Macías; María Sabina; Bernabé Jurado, y tantos y tantos más, héroes o villanos, humanos de carne y hueso
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Rondo Hatton, Hollywood's Real Quasimodo - We Are Movie Geeks
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In 1930 the movie HELL HARBOR, featuring exotic Mexican starlet Lupe Velez, was being filmed in the nearby island of Rocky Point and Rondo was sent to cover the film for the paper. That film's director, Henry King, spotted Rondo and hired him for the
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'Kongo' Crawls onto DVD: MGM Trades Gloss for Gross, Luster for Lust, Star ... - Memphis Commercial Appeal (blog)
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"Crown me Queen of the May," sneers "Deadlegs" from his wheelchair to future "Mexican Spitfire" Lupe Velez, who places a spooky skull-topped witch doctor's headdress atop Flint's tangled thatch. "The swamp's wholesome compared to you," asserts Velez,
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Lupe Vélez
    THIRTIES
  • 1944
    Age 35
    Nicknamed The Mexican Spitfire by the media, Vélez's personal life was as colorful as her screen persona. She had several highly publicized romances and a stormy marriage. In December 1944, Vélez died of an intentional overdose of Seconal.
    More Details Hide Details Her death, and the circumstances surrounding it, have been the subject of speculation and controversy. María Guadalupe Villalobos Vélez was born in the city of San Luis Potosí in Mexico, the daughter of Jacobo Villalobos Reyes, a colonel in the armed forces of the dictator Porfirio Diaz, and his wife Josefina Vélez, an opera singer according to some sources, or vaudeville singer according to others. She was one of five children; she had three sisters: Mercedes, Reina and Josefina and a brother, Emigdio. According to Vélez's second cousin, the Villalobos family were considered prominent in San Luis Potosí and most of the male family members were college educated. The family was also financially comfortable and lived in a large home. At the age of 13, her parents sent her to study at Our Lady of the Lake (now Our Lady of the Lake University) in San Antonio, Texas. It was at Our Lady of the Lake that Vélez learned to speak English and began to dance. She later admitted that she liked dance class, but was otherwise a poor student. After the Mexican Revolution began, Jacobo joined the fight and Vélez was removed from school and returned to Mexico City. To help support the family, she began working in a department store.
    On the evening of December 13, 1944, Vélez dined with her two friends, Estelle Taylor, the silent film star, and Benita Oakie.
    More Details Hide Details In the early morning hours of December 14, Vélez retired to her bedroom where she consumed 75 Seconal pills and a glass of brandy. Her secretary, Beulah Kinder, found the actress' body on her bed later that morning. A suicide note addressed to Harald Ramond was found nearby. It read: "To Harald, May God forgive you and forgive me too, but I prefer to take my life away and our baby's before I bring him with shame or killing him. - Lupe." On the back of the note, Vélez wrote: "How could you, Harald, fake such a great love for me and our baby when all the time you didn't want us? I see no other way out for me so goodbye and good luck to you, Love Lupe." The day after Vélez's death, Harald Ramond told the press that he was "so confused" by Vélez's suicide and claimed that even though the two had broken up, he had agreed to marry Vélez anyway. He admitted that he once asked Vélez to sign an agreement stating that he was only marrying her to "give the baby a name," but claimed he only did so because he and Vélez had had a fight and he was in a "terrible temper." Actress Estelle Taylor, who was with Vélez from 9:00 the previous night until 3:30 the morning Vélez died, told the press that Vélez had told her of her pregnancy, but said she would rather kill herself than have an abortion (Vélez was a devout Roman Catholic).
    She announced their engagement in late November 1944.
    More Details Hide Details On December 10, four days before her death, Vélez announced she had ended the engagement and kicked Ramond out of her home.
    Vélez then met and began dating a struggling young Austrian actor named Harald Maresch (who went by the stage name Harald Ramond). In September 1944, she discovered she was pregnant with Ramond's child.
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    Vélez ended the engagement in early 1944, reportedly after de Córdova's wife refused to give him a divorce.
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    In 1944, Vélez returned to Mexico to star in an adaptation of Émile Zola's novel Nana, which was well received.
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  • 1943
    Age 34
    Despite the fact that de Córdova was married to Mexican actress Enna Arana with whom he had four children, Vélez granted an interview to gossip columnist Louella Parsons in September 1943 and announced that the two were engaged.
    More Details Hide Details She told Parsons that she planned to retire after marrying de Córdova to "cook and keep house".
    In 1943, Vélez began an affair with her La Zandunga co-star Arturo de Córdova.
    More Details Hide Details De Córdova had recently moved to Hollywood after signing with Paramount Pictures.
    Velez co-starred with Eddie Albert in a 1943 romantic comedy, Ladies' Day, about an actress and a baseball player.
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  • 1941
    Age 32
    In late 1941, she became involved with author Erich Maria Remarque.
    More Details Hide Details Actress Luise Rainer later recalled that Remarque told her "with the greatest of glee" that he found Vélez's volatility wonderful. He recounted to Rainier an occasion when Vélez became so angry with him that she took her shoe off and hit him with it. After dating Remarque, Vélez was linked to boxers Jack Johnson and Jack Dempsey.
  • 1940
    Age 31
    After her divorce became final, Vélez began dating actor Guinn "Big Boy" Williams in late 1940.
    More Details Hide Details They were reportedly engaged but never married.
  • 1939
    Age 30
    In a 1939 interview she stated, " If I feel like a happy puppy, I wiggle like a happy puppy.
    More Details Hide Details When I am mad, I scream. When I'm in love, I sing. When I make love, I scream in ecstasy. Is this being wild? No! It is being Lupe!" In another interview she said: "What I attribute my success?, I think, simply, because i'm different. I'm not beautiful, but i have beautiful eyes and know exactly what to do with them. Although the public thinks that i'm a very wild girl. Actually i'm not. I'm just me, Lupe Vélez, simple and natural Lupe. If i'm happy, i dance and sing and acted like a child. And if something irritates me, i cry and sob. Someone called that "personality". The Personality is nothing more than behave with others as you really are. If I tried to look and act like Norma Talmadge, the great dramatic actress, or like Corinne Griffith, the aristocrat of the movies, or like Mary Pickford, the sweet and gentle Mary, i would be nothing more than an imitation. I just want to be myself: Lupe Velez".
    In 1939, Vélez was cast opposite Leon Errol and Donald Woods in a B-comedy The Girl from Mexico.
    More Details Hide Details Despite being a B film, it was a hit with audiences and RKO re-teamed her with Errol and Wood for a sequel, Mexican Spitfire. That film was also a success and led to a series of Spitfire films (eight in all). In the series, Vélez portrays "Carmelita Lindsey", a temperamental yet friendly Mexican singer married to Dennis "Denny" Lindsay (Wood), an elegant American gentleman. The Spitfire films rejuvenated Vélez's career and she was cast in a series of musical and comedy features for RKO, Universal Pictures, and Columbia Pictures Some of these films were Six Lessons from Madame La Zonga (1941), Playmates (1941) opposite John Barrymore and Redhead from Manhattan (1943). In 1943, the final film in the Spitfire series, Mexican Spitfire's Blessed Event was released. By that time, the novelty of the series had begun to wane.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1938
    Age 29
    In August 1938, Vélez filed for divorce for a third time again charging Weissmuller with cruelty. Their divorce was finalized in August 1939.
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    Upon her return to Mexico City in 1938 to star in her first Mexican film, Vélez was greeted by ten thousand fans.
    More Details Hide Details The film La Zandunga, was directed by Fernando de Fuentes and co-starred Mexican actor Arturo de Córdova. It was a critical and financial success and Vélez was slated to appear in four more Mexican films. She instead returned to Los Angeles and went back to work for RKO Pictures.
    Vélez made her final appearance on Broadway in the 1938 musical You Never Know, by Cole Porter.
    More Details Hide Details The show received poor reviews from critics but received a large amount of publicity due to the feud between Vélez and fellow cast member Libby Holman. The two instantly disliked each other which was furthered when Holman took offense that Porter had written songs specifically for Vélez. Holman was also irritated by the attention Vélez garnered from the show with her impersonations of several actresses including Gloria Swanson, Katharine Hepburn and Shirley Temple. The feud came to a head during a performance in New Haven, Connecticut after Vélez punched Holman in between curtain calls and gave her a black eye. The feud effectively ended the show.
  • 1935
    Age 26
    On January 3, 1935, she filed for divorce a second time and was granted an interlocutory decree.
    More Details Hide Details That decree was dismissed when the couple reconciled a month later.
  • 1934
    Age 25
    In July 1934, after ten months of marriage, Vélez filed for divorce citing cruelty.
    More Details Hide Details She withdrew the petition a week later after reconciling with Weissmuller.
    Although Vélez was a popular actress, RKO Pictures did not renew her contract in 1934.
    More Details Hide Details Over the next few years, Vélez worked for various studio as a freelance actress; she also spent two years in England where she filmed The Morals of Marcus and Gypsy Melody (both 1936). She returned to Los Angeles the following year where she appeared in the final part of the Wheeler & Woolsey comedy High Flyers (1937). In a routine she had been performing since her vaudeville days, Vélez impersonates popular actresses of the era: Simone Simon, Dolores del Rio and Shirley Temple.
    In 1934, she filmed Palooka and Strictly Dynamite (both also with Durante).
    More Details Hide Details That same year, Vélez was cast as "Slim Girl" in Laughing Boy with Ramón Novarro. The film faced opposition from film censor Joseph Breen who called it "a sordid, vile and dirty story that is definitely not suited for screen entertainment" due its references to prostitution and supposed portrayals of "illicit" sexual activities. M-G-M changed the material that Breen deemed offensive, but poor writing coupled with Novarro's waning popularity sank the film. Laughing Boy was quietly released and largely ignored. The few reviews it received panned the film but praised Vélez's performance. She got much more success with her brief appearance in the multi-feature film Hollywood Party, which she makes a magnificent comic routine with Laurel and Hardy.
  • 1933
    Age 24
    On October 8, 1933, Vélez and Weissmuller were married in Las Vegas.
    More Details Hide Details This relationship was also stormy with reports of domestic violence and public fights.
    In 1933, she appeared in the films The Half-Naked Truth with Lee Tracy and Hot Pepper, with Victor McLaglen and Edmund Lowe.
    More Details Hide Details Later that year, she returned to Broadway where she starred opposite Jimmy Durante in the musical revue Strike Me Pink.
  • 1932
    Age 23
    In February 1932, Vélez took a break from her film career and traveled to New York City where she was signed by Broadway impresario Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr. to take over the role of "Conchita" in the musical revue Hot-Cha!
    More Details Hide Details The show also starred Bert Lahr, Eleanor Powell and Buddy Rogers. The show marked the final work of Ziegfeld who died on July 22.
    In 1932, Vélez filmed The Cuban Love Song (1931), with the popular singer Lawrence Tibbett.
    More Details Hide Details That same year, she had a supporting role in Kongo (a sound remake of West of Zanzibar), with Walter Huston. She also starred in Spanish-language versions of some of her movies produced by the Universal Studios like Resurrección (1931, the Spanish version of Resurrection), and Hombres de mi vida (1932, the Spanish version of The Cuban Love Song). Vélez soon found her niche in comedy, playing beautiful but volatile characters.
  • 1931
    Age 22
    After her breakup with Cooper, Vélez began a short-lived relationship with actor John Gilbert. They began dating in late 1931 while Gilbert was separated from his third wife Ina Claire. They were reportedly engaged but Gilbert ended the relationship in early 1932 and attempted to reconcile with Claire.
    More Details Hide Details Shortly thereafter, Velez met actor Johnny Weissmuller while the two were in New York. After they both returned to Los Angeles, they dated off and on while Vélez also dated actor Errol Flynn.
    Cooper eventually ended the relationship in mid-1931 at the behest of his mother Alice who strongly disapproved of Vélez.
    More Details Hide Details By that time, the rocky relationship had taken its toll on Cooper who had lost 45 pounds and was suffering from nervous exhaustion. Paramount Pictures ordered him to take a vacation to recuperate. While he was boarding the train, Vélez showed up at the train station and fired a pistol at him.
    In 1931, she appeared in her second film for Cecil B. DeMille, Squaw Man, opposite Warner Baxter and in Resurrection, directed by Edwin Carewe.
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  • 1930
    Age 21
    Vélez also disliked Marlene Dietrich whom she suspected of having an affair with Gary Cooper while filming Morocco in 1930.
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  • 1929
    Age 20
    Vélez met Cooper while filming The Wolf Song in 1929 and began a two-year affair with him.
    More Details Hide Details The relationship with Cooper was passionate but often stormy. When angered, Vélez reportedly physically assaulted Cooper.
    That idea was dispelled after she appeared in her first all-talking picture in 1929, the Rin Tin Tin's vehicle Tiger Rose.
    More Details Hide Details The film was a hit, in large part due to Rin Tin Tin's popularity, and Vélez's sound career was established. With the arrival of talkies, Vélez appeared in a series of Pre-Code films like Hell Harbor (directed by Henry King), The Storm (1930, directed by William Wyler), and the crime drama East Is West opposite Edward G. Robinson (1930).
    In 1929, Vélez appeared in Lady of the Pavements, directed by D. W. Griffith and Where East Is East, playing a young Chinese woman.
    More Details Hide Details As she was regularly cast in as the "exotic" or "ethnic" women that were volatile and hot tempered, gossip columnists took to referring to Vélez as "Mexican Hurricane", "The Mexican Wildcat", "The Mexican Madcap", "Whoopee Lupe" and "The Hot Tamale". By 1929, the film industry was transitioning from silents to sound films. Several stars of the era saw their careers abruptly end due their heavily accented English or voices that recorded poorly due to primitive recording technology. Studio executives predicted that Vélez's accent would likely hamper her ability to make the transition.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1927
    Age 18
    Upon its release in 1927, The Gaucho was a hit and critics were duly impressed with Vélez's ability to hold her own alongside Fairbanks, who was well known for his spirited acting and impressive stunts.
    More Details Hide Details Vélez made her second major film, Stand and Deliver (1928), directed by Cecil B. DeMille. That same year, she was named one of the WAMPAS Baby Stars.
  • 1926
    Age 17
    In 1926, Frank A. Woodyard, an American who had seen Vélez perform, recommended her to stage director Richard Bennett (the father of the actresses Joan and Constance Bennett).
    More Details Hide Details Bennett was looking for an actress to portray a Mexican cantina singer in his upcoming play The Dove. He sent Vélez a telegram inviting her to Los Angeles to appear in the play. Vélez had been planning to go to Cuba to perform, but quickly changed her plans and traveled to Los Angeles. While in Los Angeles, she met the comedian Fanny Brice. Brice was taken with Vélez and later said she had never met a more fascinating personality. She promoted Vélez's career as a dancer and recommended her to Flo Ziegfeld, who hired her to perform in New York City. While Vélez was preparing to leave Los Angeles, she received a call from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer producer Harry Rapf, who offered her a screen test. Producer and director Hal Roach saw Vélez's screen test and hired her for a small role in the comedy short Sailors, Beware!, starring Laurel and Hardy.
  • 1925
    Age 16
    Vélez, whose volatile and spirited personality and feuds with other performers were often covered by the Mexican press, also honed her ability for garnering publicity. In October 1925, the Mexican newspaper La Prensa reported that she had attempted suicide after placing second to her vaudeville rival Celia Padilla in a talent contest.
    More Details Hide Details The reports were likely exaggerated, but the media continued to report on the matter and the feud with Padilla for several months. Her most bitter rivals also included Celia Montalván and Delia Magaña. Younger and more famous than her rivals, Lupe (who because of her youth was called La Niña Lupe) soon established herself as one of the main stars of vaudeville in Mexico. Among her admirers were notable Mexican poets and writers like José Gorostiza and Renato Leduc.
    Ortega and Castro were preparing a season revue at the Regis Theatre and hired Vélez to join the company in March 1925.
    More Details Hide Details Later that year, Vélez starred in the revues Mexican Rataplan and ¡No lo tapes! (both parodies of the Bataclan's shows in Paris, led by Madame Rasimi). Her suggestive singing and provocative dancing was a hit with audiences, and she soon established herself as one of the main stars of vaudeville in Mexico. At her peak, Vélez earned 35 pesos a day, making her one of the era's highest-paid vaudeville performers in Mexico. After a year and a half, Vélez left the revue after the manager refused to give her a raise. She then joined the Teatro Principal, but was fired after three months due to her "feisty attitude". Vélez was quickly hired by the Teatro Lirico, where her salary rose to 100 pesos a day.
  • 1924
    Age 15
    In 1924, Aurelio Campos, a young pianist and friend of the Vélez sisters, recommended Vélez to stage producers Carlos Ortega and Manuel Castro.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1908
    Born
    Born in 1908.
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