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            Biography - Thursday, October 19, 2006 
       "Real stories and fascinating details behind the 
         most intriguing people who have ever lived." 

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--1. I was born November 18, 1974, in Darien, Connecticut. 

--2. By the mid-1990s, I had become a fairly recognizable 
     face among members of the hip New York City subculture. 

--3. I made my film debut in the controversial 1995 feature 

--4. In 1999, I appeared in three films: the edgy "julien 
     donkey-boy"; the drama "A Map of the World"; and the 
     emotionally charged "Boys Don't Cry." 

--5. In early 2000, I starred in the HBO special "If These 
     Walls Could Talk 2." 

Who am I? (Answer at the bottom). 



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   visit from the "Grim Reaper": 

--1. Alex Haley

--2. Judy Blume

--3. Arthur Hailey

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****Some famous people born during this week in history: 

-- Mickey Mantle - October 20, 1931 
Baseball player, born in Spavinaw, Oklahoma, USA. During his 
18-year career as an outfielder for the New York Yankees, the 
switch-hitting slugger hit 536 home runs and was voted the 
American League Most Valuable Player three times. In 1956 he 
won the American League triple crown with 52 home runs, 130 
runs batted in, and a ·353 batting average. He became a 
restaurateur and television commentator after retiring from 
baseball. A fan favorite, he was elected to baseball's Hall 
of Fame in 1974. 

-- Carrie Fisher - October 21, 1956 
Actress, writer. As the daughter of entertainers Eddie 
Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, Fisher became one of the most 
visible actresses of her generation for her role as Princess 
Leia in "Star Wars" and its sequels. In 1987, she published 
her first novel, "Postcards from the Edge," a successful 
semi-autobiographical tale of a show business mother and 
daughter. She had a series of solid supporting roles in 
films such as "When Harry Met Sally" and "Soap Dish." Fisher 
has also helped revise many Hollywood scripts, including 
"Sister Act," "Outbreak" and "The Wedding Singer." 

-- Annette Funicello - October 22, 1942 
Actress. Funicello got her start on the "Mickey Mouse Club" 
at the age of 13, and soon became the most popular "Mouse-
keteer" on the show. In the early 1960s, Annette starred in 
a series of beach party movies with Frankie Avalon, including 
"Beach Party," "Muscle Beach Party," "Bikini Beach," "Beach 
Blanket Bingo," and "How to Stuff a Wild Bikini." During this 
time, she recorded a series of hit top-40 pop singles, 
including "Tall Paul," "First Name Initial," "How Will I Know 
My Love," and "Pineapple Princess." In 1989 and 1990, Avalon 
and Funicello staged a nostalgic concert tour, performing the 
beach party music and pop hit singles they made famous in the 

****Some famous people who have died during this week 
    in history: 

-- Martha Raye - October 19, 1994 
Born August 27, 1916 
The singer, dancer, actress, and comedienne performed on 
Broadway, in movies and on television. Beginning in 1942, 
she entertained American troops through World War II, Korea 
and Vietnam. For nine years she made trips to Vietnam, 
sometimes staying up to six months at a time and often using 
her training as a nurse to help with the wounded. She was 
made an honorary member of the Special Forces units that she 
often assisted, and received her Green Beret and title of 
Lieutenant Colonel from President Lyndon Johnson. Nicknamed 
"Colonel Maggie" by the troops, she received the President-
ial Medal of Freedom, the highest commendation for civilians, 
in 1993. 

-- Burt Lancaster - October 20, 1994
Born November 2, 1913
Actor. Lancaster was recruited to help entertain the troops 
through acting with the USO. He was a self taught actor who 
learned as he went along. Upon discharge, he headed for 
Hollywood. His rugged athletic appearance landed him a tough 
guy role in the movie "The Killers" opposite Ava Gardner. He 
starred in a series of adventure movie, including The Crimson 
Pirate," and proved his acting ability in "From Here to 
Eternity." His role in the blockbuster "Elmer Gantry" earned 
him an Oscar for Best Actor. 

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--Answer to "WHO AM I?" 

Chloe Sevigny. When she turned 18, Sevigny moved to New York   
City and worked as an intern at the teen magazine Sassy. Her   
unconventional beauty and fashion sense led to modeling work,   
including a gig with the chic design house Miu Miu. By the   
mid-1990s, she had become a fairly recognizable face among   
members of the New York City subculture. A 1994 feature   
article in The New Yorker by novelist Jay McInerney dubbed   
Sevigny the "coolest girl in the world." Her film debut came   
in the controversial 1995 feature "Kids."   

She followed up this performance with a supporting role in   
actor Steve Buscemi's directorial debut, "Trees Lounge."   
Sevigny emerged in 1999 as one of Hollywood’s most critically   
acclaimed young actresses, appearing in three films: the   
characteristically edgy "julien donkey-boy"; the drama "A Map   
of the World," starring Sigourney Weaver and Julianne Moore;   
and the emotionally charged "Boys Don't Cry," based on a true   
story and starring Hilary Swank as Teena Brandon, a young   
Nebraska woman posing as a boy. In early 2000, Sevigny starred   
in the lesbian-themed HBO special "If These Walls Could Talk 2." 


--Answers to "DEAD OR ALIVE:" 

--1. Alex Haley - DEAD - 08/11/1921 - 02/10/1992 
     Cause of Death: Heart attack 

--2. Judy Blume - ALIVE - 02/12/1938   Age 68 

--3. Arthur Hailey - DEAD - 04/05/1920 - 11/24/2004 
     Cause of Death: Stroke 

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