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            Biography - Thursday, August 24, 2006 
       "Real stories and fascinating details behind the 
         most intriguing people who have ever lived." 

Greetings Biography Buff, 

The Chicago International Film Festival is honoring actor 
Dustin Hoffman with a career achievement award at this 
year's event in October. Hoffman is expected to attend the 
Oct. 5 Chicago Theatre's opening night screening of 
"Fiction," the Chicago Tribune reported Thursday.

The Marc Forster film is about a novelist played by Emma 
Thompson, whose main character, played by Will Ferrell, 
takes on a life of his own. Hoffman plays a literature 
professor who aids the fictional character's quest for 

"I'm really proud of it," Hoffman said, adding that he has 
"only said that about three times during my career." The 
42nd Chicago International film festival is running Oct. 5-
19 and showcasing more than 100 features from more than 30 

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--WHO AM I? 

--1. I was born May 29, 1903 in London, England.

--2. I joined the Fatty Arbuckle review in my teens, doing 
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--3. I acted in the classic 'Road' films with Bing Crosby and 
     Dorothy Lamour. 

--4. I entertained troops in every U.S. War following World 
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--5. My 100th birthday was marked with various celebrations 
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-- Robert Plant - August 20, 1948
Vocalist. In 1968, Plant joined veteran guitarist Jimmy Page 
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-- Shelley Long - August 23, 1949
Actress. Long dropped out of Northwestern University after 
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-- Tim Burton - August 25, 1958
Director, producer, screenwriter. Upon graduation from the 
California Institute of Arts, Burton began work at Walt 
Disney Studios as an apprentice animator. He left Disney 
within a year, and in 1982, he released the award-winning 
short Vincent. His creation of the live-action short 
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commissioned Burton to direct the comedy Pee-wee's Big 
Adventure. This led to other opportunities, including the 
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which was the first film to sell $100 million in the first 
10 days of release. The following year, Burton helmed the 
bizarre but touching film Edward Scissorhands. Burton has 
also produced the animated musical The Nightmare Before 
Christmas, Ed Wood, the sci-fi spoof Mars Attacks!, Sleepy 
Hollow, Planet of the Apes, and The Corpse Bride. 

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-- Truman Capote - August 25, 1984
Born September 30, 1924
Author. When he was 17, he ended his formal education and 
began a job with The New Yorker magazine. In 1945, at age 
21, Mademoiselle magazine published his short story, Miriam, 
which won the O. Henry Award for the best first-published 
story in 1946. Flamboyant and outspoken, Capote was openly 
gay at a time when most gay men were silent and unobtrusive. 
After reading about the 1959 Clutter family murders in the 
New York Times, Capote became fascinated with the story and 
traveled to Holcomb, Kansas, to investigate the killings. 
The resulting book, In Cold Blood, instantly became a best 
seller. In his later years, Capote became reclusive, in 
part from rejection from his wealthy, famous, upper crust 
friends who he had managed to alienate over the years, and 
partly due to his alcoholism and drug addiction. He died 
at the age of 59 from an overdose of pills. 

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Born February 4, 1902
Explorer, Adventurer, Aviator. "The Lone Eagle." The first 
solo aviator to fly non-stop directly from New York to 
Paris. His singular exploit made him a hero in the eyes of 
the world and forever changed aviation. He was awarded the 
Medal of Honor for is exploit. On May 20, 1927, he took off 
in his newly designed airplane, The Spirit of St. Louis, 
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--Answer to "WHO AM I?" 

Bob Hope. The comedian entertained audiences ever since his 
teen years, when he joined the Fatty Arbuckle review. In 
1933, he was featured on Broadway in Roberta (where he met 
his wife, Dolores Reed), and he made his first film the 
following year. He later acted in a string of films 
including the classic 'Road' films with Bing Crosby and 
Dorothy Lamour, and also hosted The Bob Hope Pepsodent Show 
on radio. He entertained troops overseas in every US war 
since World War II and sponsored the Bob Hope Desert Classic 
golf event for charity. He was also a star a television, the 
jester to presidents, and the author of nine humorous books. 
His 100th birthday in 2003 was marked with various 
celebrations across America.


--Answers to "DEAD OR ALIVE:" 

--1. Phil Gramm - ALIVE - 07/08/1942   Age 64

--2. Nelson Rockefeller - DEAD - 07/08/1908 - 01/26/1979 
     Cause of Death: Heart attack

--3. Ralph Nader - ALIVE - 02/27/1934   Age 72

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