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Don Francks: A Star Was Born Again, and Again–and Again

When I finally met Don Francks it was on the set of a movie I wrote titled First Degree. Not that I had much influence, but as one of the producers, I lobbied hard to cast Don in the role

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Send In the Rolls-Royce Corniche: Remembering Jerry Weintraub

  One of the perks of working for Hollywood producer Jerry Weintraub, who died yesterday at the age of 77, was that he sent his convertible Rolls-Royce Corniche to pick you up at the airport, complete with immaculately uniformed chauffeur.

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Gore Vidal Meets The Dread Ron Base

Gore Vidal in print once called me “the Dread Ron Base, who is appropriately named.” I’m not sure but I think he dissed me because I quoted him as saying he would invade Alberta for its oil, if necessary (“If I were the federal

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Mike Wallace. In A Cab. Holding Jane Russell’s Breast.

Mike Wallace, the legendary 60 Minutes correspondent who died Saturday at the age of 93, asked me not to repeat this story, but I guess it’s okay to tell it now. He was a young reporter sent to interview the

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