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Maltese Falcon statuette sold at auction

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Nov. 26 (UPI) -- The Maltese Falcon statue made famous in the film of the same name was sold for a record $4 million at auction Monday as part of a sale of famous movie props.
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Hollywood's Golden Age paid to smoke

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- From 1927 to 1951, some of Hollywood's top stars made up to an extra $5,000 per year -- $75,000 in today's dollars -- endorsing tobacco, researchers say.

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Noted talent agent Robert Lantz dead at 93

NEW YORK, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Robert Lantz, a long time and well-respected talent agent, died Thursday of heart failure in Manhattan at the age of 93.

Film Society to honor Meryl Streep

NEW YORK, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- The Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York has announced plans to honor Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep at a gala tribute next spring.

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Beatty gets AFI lifetime achievement nod

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- The American Film Institutes's Board of Trustees announced Thursday it plans to honor Warren Beatty with its 36th AFI Life Achievement Award.

'Ugly Betty' smile insured

NEW YORK, May 10 (UPI) -- "Ugly Betty" actress America Ferrera bagged her trademark braces Thursday, insuring her smile by Lloyd's of London during a New York charity awareness event.

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Bette Davis
NYP2001072009 - 20 JULY 2001 - NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA: The Oscar won by actress Bette Davis for her role in the 1938 film "Jezebel" stands in front of a poster from one of her films during an auction on July 19, 2001 at Christie's Auction House in New York. The trophy sold for $578,000 to a unknown bidder. rlw/ep/Ezio Petersen UPI

Ruth Elizabeth "Bette" Davis (April 5, 1908 – October 6, 1989) was an American actress of film, television and theater. Noted for her willingness to play unsympathetic characters, she was highly regarded for her performances in a range of film genres; from contemporary crime melodramas to historical and period films and occasional comedies, though her greatest successes were her roles in romantic dramas.

After appearing in Broadway plays, Davis moved to Hollywood in 1930, but her early films for Universal Studios were unsuccessful. She joined Warner Bros. in 1932 and established her career with several critically acclaimed performances. In 1937, she attempted to free herself from her contract and although she lost a well-publicized legal case, it marked the beginning of the most successful period of her career. Until the late 1940s, she was one of American cinema's most celebrated leading ladies, known for her forceful and intense style. Davis gained a reputation as a perfectionist who could be highly combative, and her confrontations with studio executives, film directors and costars were often reported. Her forthright manner, clipped vocal style and ubiquitous cigarette contributed to a public persona which has often been imitated and satirized.

Davis was the co-founder of the Hollywood Canteen, and was the first female president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress twice, was the first person to accrue 10 Academy Award nominations for acting, and was the first woman to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute. Her career went through several periods of eclipse, and she admitted that her success had often been at the expense of her personal relationships. Married four times, she was once widowed and thrice divorced, and raised her children as a single parent. Her final years were marred by a long period of ill health, but she continued acting until shortly before her death from breast cancer, with more than 100 films, television and theater roles to her credit. In 1999, Davis was placed second, after Katharine Hepburn, on the American Film Institute's list of the greatest female stars of all time.

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