DCS: france gall

France Gall won the 1965 Eurovision Song Contest with “Poupée de cire, poupée de son,” penned by French songwriter Serge Gainsbourg.  It was the first non-ballad song to win the competition. The song, a sort of double meaning of the phrase “rag doll,” implied a Svengali-like power Gainsbourg possessed over his young protege, as well …

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DCS: jerry van dyke

Despite a surprisingly successful career, Jerry Van Dyke spent most of it in the shadow of his older brother Dick. His talents were often compared to Dick’s successes. Granted, Jerry made some questionable career choices, but he was an in-demand, working actor for the better part of six decades. A budding stand-up comedian in his …

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IF: the letter a

In the one-year span, between November 1989 and November 1990, Aileen Wuornos, a prostitute, murdered seven men by shooting them at point-blank range with a .22 caliber handgun. She claimed that each killing was performed in self-defense. She was captured and brought to trial, subsequently sentenced to death. In her final interview before her execution, …

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DCS: carolyn craig

Just out of her teens, aspiring actress Carolyn Craig landed small roles in a variety of TV shows, including a few Westerns and popular anthology series. Moving to the big screen, she was cast as “Lacey Lynnton,” Elizabeth Taylor‘s sister, in 1956’s Giant, James Dean‘s final film. She followed that role with the female lead …

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DCS: rose marie

Rose Marie did it all. One of the few survivors from vaudeville, she began her career delighting audiences as a three-year-old songstress. Rose Marie made her mark in film, radio, records, theater, night clubs and television, over a career that spanned nine decades. Nine! Enjoying a career in short films, where she appeared alongside W. C. …

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