DCS: ken kragen

While working as the executive producer of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, Ken Kragen met singer Kenny Rogers and soon became his manager. Eventually, Ken was managing a full roster of popular singers, including Lionel Ritchie, Travis Tritt, Dottie West and Trisha Yearwood. Singer-actor Harry Belafonte was so moved after hearing the song “Do They …

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DCS: dorothy stratten

On August 13, 1980 — the two-year anniversary of her arrival in Los Angeles from her native Vancouver — Dorothy Stratten was murdered by her estranged husband Paul Snider, who then turned the gun on himself. But, this isn’t really a story about Dorothy Stratten, the beautiful, but ill-fated actress and Playboy centerfold. This story …

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DCS: mike nesmith

When Mike Nesmith answered an ad in Variety that read: “Madness!! Auditions. Folk & Roll Musicians-Singers for acting roles in new TV series. Running parts for 4 insane boys, age 17–21. Want spirited Ben Frank’s-types. Have courage to work. Must come down for interview.” he thought this was his chance at rock and roll stardom. …

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DCS: leroy fick

In 2010, 58-year old Leroy Fick won two million dollars in the Michigan State Lottery. As chronicled on the reality television show Lottery Changed My Life, Leroy took his winnings on the “lump sum” option. He netted a little under one million dollars after taxes. Leroy’s first order of business was to demolish his house …

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DCS: janet pilgrim

In 1955, Charlaine Karalus was working hard in the subscription department of Playboy magazine, the fledgling publication started by Hugh Hefner, a former copy editor for Esquire magazine. For the first year of its existence, Playboy used professional models in the magazine’s famous pictorials. But Hefner want to portray a different type of woman. He …

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