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1858 Charles Darwin first publishes his theory of evolution. That one that caused Spencer Tracy so much trouble in Inherit the Wind.

1882 Tchaikovsky debuts his "Overture of 1812". It's still used in movies two centuries later in a truly diverse range of movies including The Iron Lady, Laurence Anyways, V For Vendetta and The Blind Side

1918 Novelist Jacqueline Susann is born. Her trashy best-sellers become hit movies and even turn Oscar heads: Valley of the Dolls (1967 best score nomination)  and Jacqueline Susann's Once is Not Enough (1975, best supporting actress nomination)

1931 Fright haired boxing promoter Don King is born. Sixty-six and a ½ years later Ving Rhames wins the Golden Globe playing him in a TV movie. Remember that sweet but odd moment when Ving Rhames invited Jack Lemmon on stage with him to share the award he had just lost for 12 Angry Men? King's
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This Is the 'Midnight Cowboy' Legacy, From A to Z

It's a shock to go back and watch "Midnight Cowboy" 45 years after its debut (on May 25, 1969) and see how raw and otherworldly it looks. After all, the X-rated Best Picture Oscar-winner has been so thoroughly assimilated into American pop culture that even kiddie entertainments like the Muppets have copied from it.

The tale of the unlikely friendship between naïve Texas gigolo Joe Buck (Jon Voight) and frail Bronx con man Enrico "Ratso" Rizzo (Dustin Hoffman), "Midnight Cowboy" was initially considered so risqué that it's the only X-rated movie ever to win the Academy's top prize (though after it won, the ratings board reconsidered and gave the film an R). Still, the film featured two lead performances and a few individual scenes that were so iconic that homages (and parodies) have popped up virtually everywhere. (Most often imitated is the scene where Ratso, limping across a busy Manhattan street, is nearly
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The Flight of the Dove: Rip Deborah Raffin

One night during my college years, I was pulling an all-nighter studying for finals when I caught an old movie on TV; a flick called Willa that concerned a divorced mother who becomes a truck driver.

I saw a lot of myself in Willa, the shy, smiling blonde with the heart and will of a lion. And seeing this movie got me to thinking, “What can I do?”

Deborah Raffin, the actress who played Willa, passed away Wednesday, November 21st, 2012 after a battle with leukemia. In her all too brief existence this woman accrued a vast list of accomplishments that reflected her boundless talents.

As an actress her regal demeanor and angelic beauty served her well in glittery romances like 40 Carats and Jacqueline Susann’s Once is Not Enough. Yet she also played heroines whose strength, intellect and resourcefulness were of far more importance than her grace and fashion sense.
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Deborah Raffin Dies at 59

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Deborah Raffin Dies at 59
Deborah Raffin, who had brief but successful careers both as an actress - 7th Heaven, among other shows - and a book publisher, died of leukemia last Wednesday, a family member told the Los Angeles Times. Raffin was 59 and reportedly had battled the disease for about a year. Starting out, the blonde Californian was often compared to the young Grace Kelly, People noted in a 1979 profile. Her mother, Trudy Marshall, had been a bit player for 20th Century Fox in the '40s, and her father was a wealthy meat broker. When Raffin was a sophomore at Valley College in Van Nuys,
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Deborah Raffin of 7th Heaven Dead at 59

Deborah Raffin of 7th Heaven Dead at 59
Deborah Raffin, whose career acting in film and TV spanned three decades and included a memorable turn on the TV series 7th Heaven, has died. She was 59. Raffin's brother told the Los Angeles Times the actress passed away from leukemia at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles last Wednesday after being diagnosed with the blood cancer over a year ago. Raffin broke into the business in the mid-'70s appearing in several Hollywood movies such as 1973's 40 Carats starring Liv Ullmann and Gene Kelly and 1975's Once Is Not Enough with Kirk Douglas. By decade's end, the thesp had starring roles in a slew of TV movies, among them 1979's Haywire, in which she played the actress Brooke...
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Actress Deborah Raffin Dead at 59 – Starred with Charles Bronson in Death Wish 3

Before founding the profitable audio-book company Dove Books-on-Tape in the mid-’80s,Deborah Raffin was a busy actress. The Los Angeles native landed parts in the 1973 film 40 Carats and in 1975′s Once Is Not Enough adapted from the steamy Jacqueline Susann novel. In the 1980s, she became something of a TV-movie staple appearing in such memorable fare as Mind Over Murder and Noble House.

But it.s her role as the girlfriend of Charles Bronson (an actor 32 years her senior) in Death Wish 3 (1985), one of American cinema.s finest hours, that will forever endear her to this movie geek. Raffin played public defender Kathryn Davis, who tracks down suspected vigilante Paul Kersey (Bronson), invites him to dinner, falls in love with him and, because she.s a love interest in a Death Wish movie, is promptly blown to smithereens. Raffin also had roles in Larry Cohen.s ambitious cult
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Deborah Raffin, Actress and Audio-Book Entrepreneur, Dead at 59

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Deborah Raffin, Actress and Audio-Book Entrepreneur, Dead at 59
Actress Deborah Raffin, who went on to found a profitable audio-book company, died Wednesday after a battle with leukemia, the Los Angeles Times reports. She was 59. Raffin's brother William told the Times that she had been diagnosed with the disease approximately a year ago. She died at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Also read: Notable Celebrity Deaths of 2012 The Los Angeles native landed early parts in the 1973 film "40 Carats" and in 1975's "Once Is Not Enough," adapted from the steamy Jacqueline Susann novel. In the 1980s, she became
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R.I.P. Deborah Raffin

Actress Deborah Raffin, who became the quintessential California blonde TV movie/mini-series ingenue and heroine during the three decades when the genre thrived in the 1970s-1980s-1990s, died on Wednesday. The Los Angeles Times quoted her brother as saying she’d had leukemia for the past year and passed away at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. She was 59. Though she starred in several features, she was best known for her TV work and most recently took recurring roles on The Secret Life Of The American Teenager (2008-2010) and 7th Heaven (1996-2005). Also, later in life, she started what eventually became the multimilliondollar Dove audio books with her then husband, showbiz entrepreneur Michael Viner. (They sold the company in 1997.) Los Angeles-born Raffin was the daughter of 20th Century Fox contract player Trudy Marshall and became a TV star when she was discovered in an elevator by an agent. With
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R.I.P. Deborah Raffin

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Actress Deborah Raffin, who became the quintessential California blonde TV movie/mini-series ingenue and heroine during the three decades when the genre thrived in the 1970s-1980s-1990s, died on Wednesday. The Los Angeles Times quoted her brother as saying she’d had leukemia for the past year and passed away at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. She was 59. Though she starred in several features, she was best known for her TV work and most recently took recurring roles on The Secret Life Of The American Teenager (2008-2010) and 7th Heaven (1996-2005). Also, later in life, she started what eventually became the multimilliondollar Dove audio books with her then husband, showbiz entrepreneur Michael Viner. (They sold the company in 1997.) Los Angeles-born Raffin was the daughter of 20th Century Fox contract player Trudy Marshall and became a TV star when she was discovered in an elevator by an agent. With
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'Mad Men' on 'Inside the Actors Studio': Jon Hamm and January Jones open up

On Monday (May 14), the cast of "Mad Men" -- including Jon Hamm, January Jones, Kiernan Shipka, John Slattery and Christina Hendricks -- sits down with "Inside the Actors Studio" host James Lipton to talk about their critically acclaimed show, currently in the midst of Season 5 on AMC.

Creator Matthew Weiner, who was also along for the trip, explains in the clip below why Hamm (who plays the dashing Don Draper) had to audtion six or seven times for the part: "Someone said that he wasn't sexy."

Whatevs.

Also, Jones explains the origins of her calendrical first name:

"It is from a book called 'Once Is Not Enough' by Jacqueline Susann," she says. "I think at the end of the book, not to spoil it, but, she trips on acid and gets abducted by aliens after being married and divorced to her father's best friend. It's entertaining... [my parents] just thought
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Matt's Guide to Weekend TV: Premieres of Once Upon a Time, Boss and More!

Once is not enough. Sometimes a second look, or a second episode, is necessary to convince a skeptic that a show is worth taking a risk on. So it is with ABC's dazzling but dauntingly precious Once Upon a Time (Sunday, 8/7c), which back when I was considering it for Fall Preview left me wondering: "Is this ambitiously whimsical fantasia the next Pushing Daisies cult fave or the next Eastwick insta-flop? (Either way, it will likely be an uphill climb to happily ever after.) It would be easier to love if it weren't so convoluted and campy."

But then ABC made another episode (the third, airing Nov. 6) available for review, and I started to find myself enchanted and beguiled, ready to curl up with more chapters of this fractured fairy tale. First, though, you have to digest the premise, and the overstuffed and often overripe pilot is a lot to swallow.
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Realbollywood.com - January Jones' 'unique name' could have made her a 'stripper'!

Realbollywood.com - January Jones' 'unique name' could have made her a 'stripper'!
Washington, May 23: January Jones has revealed that despite people's opinion that she has doctored her name to earn fame, she could have been an 'actress, a super hero or a stripper' owing to her unusual name that her mother kept from a book.

"My mum had read 'Once Is Not Enough' by Jacqueline Susann and she and my dad liked how January sounded with Jones. People think that I changed.
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January Jones: 'I could have been a stripper'

January Jones: 'I could have been a stripper'
January Jones has teased that she could have easily become a stripper instead of an actress. The Mad Men star joked that her career possibilities were somewhat limited by her mother's choice of name, which she claims was taken from a classic novel. She told Live Magazine: "My mum had read Once Is Not Enough by Jacqueline Susann and she and my dad liked how January sounded with Jones. People think that I changed my name to be an actress but my sisters have unusual names too. "I also found out recently that there was an old singer named January Jones. With this name I could only have been an actress, a superhero or a stripper." The 33-year-old expressed further (more)
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Bad Movies We Love on DVD: Once is Not Enough

Bad Movies We Love on DVD: Once is Not Enough
The cotton-white shag carpets, the eight-inch-wide dinner jacket lapels, the nightclub bongo jazz, whiskey decanters in every room, sideburns on every over-tanned skull, Vaseline on every camera lens -- the 1975 of Jacqueline Susann's Once Is Not Enough is where old Burbank movie agents go when they die. Finally out on DVD from Olive Films, this smelly Persian cat of a movie was a middle-aged sensation in its day, which may help us understand a few things, like why Richard Nixon was elected President. Twice.
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Birthday Suits and a Ballsy Actress

Today's stars! Well not literally today's but November 18th. Get a little history. Celebrate one of these cinematic entities today in whatever way occurs to you.

Senors Gilbert, Hemmings and Infante

1836 W.S. Gilbert of 'Gilbert & Sullivan' legend. If you've never seen Mike Leigh's exceptional biopic of this creative giant, Topsy-Turvy, drop everything right now and do so.

1908 Imogene Coca beloved comic actress, mostly known for TV roles

1917 Pedro Infante Mexico's biggest movie star ever. Here he is singing. Pedro Almodóvar fans will recognize this one immediately

1939 Margaret Atwood, best-selling much-awarded author. Strangely Hollywood doesn't seem to have taken to her in a big way. The Handmaid's Tale (1990) starring Natasha Richardson is one of the few adaptations

1939 Brenda Vaccaro, Midnight Cowgirl and she of one of the oddest Oscar nominations of all time... seriously, have you seen Once Is Not Enough? Here's StinkyLulu's look at that Oscar year.

1941 David Hemmings,
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