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THE RED SCARE BEGAN ON THIS DAY IN 1947

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On October 20, 1947, the notorious Red Scare kicks into high gear in
Washington, as a Congressional committee begins investigating
Communist influence in one of the world’s richest and most
glamorous communities: Hollywood.

After World War II, the Cold War began to heat up between the world’s
two superpowers—the United States and the communist-controlled
Soviet Union. In Washington, conservative watchdogs worked to out
communists in government before setting their sights on alleged
“Reds” in the famously liberal movie industry. In an investigation that
began in October 1947, the House Un-American Activities Committee 
grilled a number of prominent witnesses, asking bluntly “Are you or
have you ever been a member of the Communist Party?” Whether out
of patriotism or fear, some witnesses—including director Elia Kazan,
actors Gary Cooper and Robert Taylor and studio honchos Walt Disney
and Jack Warner—gave the committee names of colleagues they
suspected of being communists.

A small group known as the “Hollywood Ten” resisted, complaining
that the hearings were illegal and violated their
First Amendment
rights.                                                                                       

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SITCOM ACTOR BILL MACY DIES AT 97

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Bill Macy (May 18, 1922 – October 17, 2019)
   


(FoxNews) –
Bill Macy, the actor who made an indelible imprint on 1970s
sitcoms with his portrayal on Norman Lear "
Maude" of the loving if always
up-for-an-argument Walter Findlay, died last night in Los Angeles.

Macy’s death was announced by his producer and manager Matt Beckoff,
writing on
Facebook “My buddy Bill Macy passed away at 7:13pm tonight. He
was a spitfire right up to the end. My condolences to his beautiful wife
Samantha Harper Macy.”

Macy costarred in the 1972-78 All in the Family spin-off series opposite Bea
Arthur, who played the outspoken liberal Maude Findlay, a cousin of Family‘s
Edith Bunker.

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Macy with Bea Arthur in Maude, original broadcast on CBS from
September 12, 1972 until April 22, 1978.

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MOVIE LEGENDS SCOOTER UP FOR AUCTION

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Marlon Brando Jr.
(April 3, 1924 – July 1, 2004)


A vintage
Vespa ridden by Hollywood legend Marlon Brando – illegally –
while visiting Britain is to go under the hammer.

Double-Oscar winner Brando rode the iconic Italian scooter around
Berkshire – even though it was not registered in the
U.K.

Brando’s “fun runaround” belonged to his American movie producer
pal Elliot Kastner, who he worked with on 1976 American epic western
"Missouri Breaks."

Kastner, best known for producing World War Two classic Where Eagles
Dare, bought the 1976 Vespa in Rome for a film shoot. He later shipped
it to England where he owned Runnymede House, a country home in
Old Windsor, Berkshire.

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ACCLAIMED ACTOR HAS DIED FROM CANCER

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Robert Wallace Forster Jr. (Robert Wallace Foster Jr.)  
(July 13, 1941 – October 11, 2019)


Breaking Bad and Jackie Brown star Robert Forster has died aged
78.

The Oscar-nominated veteran actor died from brain cancer – the
day his new film, the Breaking Bad movie El Camino was released.

Forster was born in Rochester, New York, and began training to
become an actor at the University of Rochester, where he was as
a law student.

He would earn a Bachelor of Arts degree and took starring roles
in the student drama productions.

Forster landed a role on Broadway before appearing Reflections
In A Golden Eye by John Huston, which would spark his long
career.

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Robert  Forster and Carla Gugino in the crime drama TV series Karen
Sisco, debuted on October 1, 2003 on ABC and was canceled after
seven  episodes.

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MOVIE STAR KILLED ON THIS DAY IN 1940

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The big racing-type automobile in which Tom Mix cowboy actor, was killed in a highway accident near a Arizona on October 12 is picture after it was to intended in Florence garage on Oct. 16, 1940. Mix was pinned under the over turned partially wrecked car. An eye-witness said Mix was at high speed when his car hit a dirt before rolling over. (AP Photo/Harold Filan)

Cowboy-movie star Tom Mix was killed when he lost control of his speeding
Cord Phaeton convertible (above) and rolls into a dry wash (now called the
Tom Mix  Wash) near Florence,
Arizona. He was 60 years old. Today, visitors
to the
site of the accident can see a 2-foot–tall iron statue of a rudderless
horse (below) and a somewhat awkwardly written plaque that reads: “In
memory of Tom Mix whose spirit left his body on this spot and whose characterization and portrayals in life served to better fix memories of
the Old West in the minds of living men.” 

Mix was born in Driftwood, Pennsylvania; deserted the Army in 1902; and
was a drum major in the Oklahoma Territorial Cavalry band when he went
off to Hollywood in 1909. Before there was a Clint Eastwood and before
there was a John Wayne … there was Tom Mix.

   
    
    
    
    
   

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Thomas Edwin Mix (Thomas Hezikiah Mix)
(January 6, 1880 – October 12, 1940)

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