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[on Erich von Stroheim
] He drove me mad. He was a genius. I'm not a genius; I'm a worker. Geniuses sometimes end up very unhappy, without a penny. That's what happened to Erich--and Preston Sturges
Some mystery appears to surround his origins. Philip Yordan
, a scriptwriter on several of Mann's films, once spoke of his "very poor background", suggesting he had been born in poverty, and actor John Fraser
even hinted in his memoirs that Mann may have been illiterate. However, other sources suggest that he was the son of an Austrian academic and his American wife and that his father was ...