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UPI Almanac for Thursday, March 6, 2014.
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Philadelphia police dog gets more than 1,200 Twitter followers

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- A Philadelphia police officer said he doesn't mind that his partner has hundreds more Twitter followers than he does, despite being a dog.

Gerard Depardieu feels 'practically Russian'

MOSCOW, June 29 (UPI) -- French actor Gerard Depardieu said Saturday he feels "practically Russian" after President Vladimir Putin gave him a Russian passport this year.

List of nominees for 2013 Tony Awards

NEW YORK, April 30 (UPI) -- The musicals "Matilda" and "Kinky Boots" were among the leading nominees when the 2013 Tony Award nominations were announced in New York Tuesday.

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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, March 6, 2013.
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Richard Armitage, Martin Freeman discuss 'Hobbit' transformations

Richard Armitage, Martin Freeman discuss 'Hobbit' transformations

NEW YORK, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- British actors Richard Armitage and Martin Freeman say the costumes, makeup and hairpieces they wore in their new movie "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" greatly helped them transform into their respective, non-human characters.
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Depardieu arrested after scooter crash

Depardieu arrested after scooter crash

PARIS, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- French actor Gerard Depardieu was arrested in Paris and could face charges for alleged drunk driving after crashing his scooter, authorities say.
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Poesy to star in 'Cyrano' on Broadway

Poesy to star in 'Cyrano' on Broadway

NEW YORK, July 17 (UPI) -- British actress Clemence Poesy is to make her Broadway debut as Roxane in a new production of "Cyrano de Bergerac," the Roundabout Theatre Company said Tuesday.
Cuccioli joins 'Spider-Man' musical cast

Cuccioli joins 'Spider-Man' musical cast

NEW YORK, July 12 (UPI) -- Robert Cuccioli is taking over the role of Norman Osborn/The Green Goblin in Broadway's "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," producers said.

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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, March 6, 2012.
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Outer Critics Circle honors 'August'

Outer Critics Circle honors 'August'

NEW YORK, May 12 (UPI) -- The Outer Critics Circle named "August: Osage County" the winner of its award for new Broadway play Monday.
Kline to star in French film 'Joueuse'

Kline to star in French film 'Joueuse'

NEW YORK, March 28 (UPI) -- U.S. stage and movie actor Kevin Kline reportedly will tackle his first French-speaking role in a French film in the chess drama "Joueuse."

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UPI Almanac for Thursday, March 6, 2008.
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Garner named West Virginian of the Year

Garner named West Virginian of the Year

CHARLESTON, W.Va., Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Film and stage star Jennifer Garner has been named 2007 West Virginian of the Year by her hometown newspaper, The Sunday Gazette-Mail in Charleston, W.Va.
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Actor Kevin Kline takes his opening night curtain call bows in the production "Cyrano de Bergerac" at New York's Richard Rodgers theater on November 1, 2007. (UPI Photo/Ezio Petersen)
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Hercule-Savinien de Cyrano de Bergerac (6 March 1619 – 28 July 1655) was a French dramatist and duelist. He is now best remembered for the works of fiction which have been woven, often very loosely, around his life story, most notably the 1897 play by Edmond Rostand. In these fictional works he is featured with an overly large nose; portraits suggest that he did have a big nose, though not nearly as large as described in Rostand's play and the subsequent works about him.

Research indicates that around 1640 he became the lover of Charles Coypeau d'Assoucy, a writer and musician, until around 1653, when they became engaged in a bitter rivalry. This led to Bergerac sending d'Assoucy death threats that compelled him to leave Paris. The quarrel extended to a series of satirical texts by both men. Bergerac wrote Contre Soucidas (an anagram of his enemy's name) and Contre un ingrat ("Against an Ingrate"), while D’Assoucy counterattacked with Le Combat de Cyrano de Bergerac avec le singe de Brioché, au bout du Pont-Neuf

The model for the Roxane character of the Rostand play was Bergerac's cousin, who lived with his sister, Catherine de Cyrano, at the Convent of the Daughter of the Cross As in the play, Bergerac did fight at the siege of Arras (1640), a battle of the Thirty Years' War between French and Spanish forces in France (though this was not the more famous final Battle of Arras, fought fourteen years later). One of his confreres in the battle was the Baron Christian of Neuvillette, who married Cyrano's cousin. However, the plotline of the play, Cyrano de Bergerac, involving Roxane and Christian is entirely fictional.

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