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2011-07-04 23:01:00

WASHINGTON, July 5, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau: (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090226/CENSUSLOGO) TUESDAY, JULY 5: FIRST FULL-LENGTH TALKING MOVIE Profile America -- Tuesday, July 5th. Most movie buffs know the first film with a partial soundtrack was "The Jazz Singer," with superstar Al Jolson. But not too many can name the first movie with a full-length soundtrack, which opened on this date...

2011-06-29 13:05:00

BLENHEIM, Ontario, June 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A celebrity Packard, purchased new by famed American entertainer Al Jolson, and a eye-catching Pontiac Plexiglas "Ghost Car", America's first full-size transparent car, are among star attractions set for the auction block in Plymouth, Michigan next month. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110629/NY28219) Headlining a magnificent roster of 70 collector cars for RM Auctions' St. John's sale, the July 30 auction - held in...

2008-09-25 15:00:34

From 1927 to 1951, some of Hollywood's top stars made up to an extra $5,000 per year -- $75,000 in today's dollars -- to endorse tobacco, researchers say. The study authors say that smoking in movies is associated with teens and young adults starting to smoke themselves, but its persistent presence in mainstream films is rooted in deals made between the film and tobacco industries in the 1930s and 1940s. Archived material shows that the Hollywood studios took advantage of their...

2008-07-13 09:00:24

By ANITA GATES By Anita Gates The New York Times Evelyn Keyes, one of the last surviving co-stars of "Gone With the Wind" and a popular film actress in the 1940s, died July 4 at an assisted-living home in Montecito, Calif. She was 91. Keyes died of cancer, said producer Allan Glaser, a friend, who said that the announcement had been delayed until the death certificate was filed. Keyes played the pouty Suellen O'Hara, whose sister Scarlett steals her longtime boyfriend and marries...

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