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Avidly listening to the legendary director Otto Preminger in his Detroit hotel suite in 1971 as he recounted acerbic tales of an old Hollywood slipping into the sunset from the man who had made such classics as Laura and Anatomy

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At Lunch With Orson Welles

Unlike most of the people writing about him on the hundredth anniversary of his life, I actually met Orson Welles. As I stood to shake his hand, I do remember thinking, Wow, here I am shaking the hand of the

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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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