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Hugh Jackman to play P.T. Barnum in movie musical

Hugh Jackman to play P.T. Barnum in movie musical

NEW YORK, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Australian actor Hugh Jackman is to star in a movie musical about circus icon P.T. Barnum, The Hollywood Reporter said.

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Memorial museum at Ground Zero to charge admission

NEW YORK, May 4 (UPI) -- Relatives of those killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks say they are upset about plans to charge admission to the museum at Ground Zero in New York.

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Barnum, Masterson added to Hall of Fame

ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 13 (UPI) -- The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions announced in Florida Bob Masterson and P.T. Barnum have been inducted into the Hall of Fame.

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Jackman to play Barnum in movie musical

Jackman to play Barnum in movie musical

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Australian actor Hugh Jackman has been tapped to play P.T. Barnum in "The Greatest Showman on Earth," a contemporary movie musical, Variety said.

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Phineas Taylor Barnum (July 5, 1810 – April 7, 1891) was an American showman, businessman, scam artist and entertainer, remembered for promoting celebrated hoaxes and for founding the circus that became the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

His successes may have made him the first "show business" millionaire. Although Barnum was also an author, publisher, philanthropist, and for some time a politician, he said of himself, "I am a showman by profession...and all the gilding shall make nothing else of me," and his personal aims were "to put money in his own coffers." Barnum is widely but erroneously credited with coining the phrase "There's a sucker born every minute."

Born in Bethel, Connecticut, Barnum became a small-business owner in his early twenties, and founded a weekly newspaper, before moving to New York City in 1834. He embarked on an entertainment career, first with a variety troupe called "Barnum's Grand Scientific and Musical Theater," and soon after by purchasing Scudder's American Museum, which he renamed after himself. Barnum used the museum as a platform to promote hoaxes and human curiosities such as the '"Feejee" mermaid' and "General Tom Thumb." In 1850 he promoted the American tour of singer Jenny Lind, paying her an unprecedented $1,000 a night for 150 nights.

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