Jackson Bentley
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Jackson Bentley (Character)
from Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

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Jackson Bentley is based on the real life American journalist, and broadcaster, Lowell Thomas. According to several sources, Thomas made Lawrence of Arabia-T.E. Lawrence-famous: "Thomas shot dramatic footage of Lawrence and, after the war, toured the world, narrating his film, With Allenby in Palestine and Lawrence in Arabia, making Lawrence and himself household names." {T.E. Lawrence by His Friends (Doubleday: New York, 1937), pp. 163-174}

Thomas and Lawrence had a falling out over Thomas' constant showing of Lawrence photos, in a traveling show, that made T.E. Lawrence increasingly uncomfortably famous and, at the same time made, Lowell Thomas very wealthy throughout the 1920s.

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