Hollywoodland May 26 2009
MOLTO MARIO
Pulp tabloids expertly mixed falsehood with fact.


This May 1958 cover of Uncensored features the usual dose of innuendo, exaggeration, and pseudo-science, mixed with a few facts. One truthful story here involves Mario Lanza, who did indeed blow five million dollars. He earned about that amount on his 1951 film The Great Caruso, but was bankrupt by 1954. His tendency to spend money frivolously may have contributed to his death. In 1959, already in poor health from a lifetime of overeating and crash diets, he underwent a radical weight loss program known as Twilight Sleep Treatment, which involved being kept immobilized and sedated for prolonged periods. Immediately after finishing the program he suffered a pulmonary embolism and died, aged thirty-eight.

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September 21
1937—The Hobbit is Published
J. R. R. Tolkien publishes his seminal fantasy novel The Hobbit, aka The Hobbit: There and Back Again. Marketed as a children's book, it is a hit with adults as well, and sells millions of copies, is translated into multiple languages, and spawns the sequel trilogy The Lord of Rings.
September 20
1946—Cannes Launches Film Festival
The first Cannes Film Festival is held in 1946, in the old Casino of Cannes, financed by the French Foreign Affairs Ministry and the City of Cannes.
September 19
1934—Arrest Made in Lindbergh Baby Case
Bruno Hauptmann is arrested for the kidnap and murder of Charles Lindbergh Jr., son of the famous American aviator. The infant child had been abducted from the Lindbergh home in March 1932, and found decomposed two months later in the woods nearby. He had suffered a fatal skull fracture. Hauptmann was tried, convicted, sentenced to death, and finally executed by electric chair in April 1936. He proclaimed his innocence to the end
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