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It's not just crazy loners who commit heinous crimes; many times, it's stars who are the most brazen killers, believing their notoriety and fortunes will get them off the hook for their violent behavior. Producer Phil Spector was one of the biggest names in the music industry in the 1960s before he was found guilty for murdering actress Lana Clarkson. O.J. Simpson was a star running-back before he stood trial for the murder of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman. Follow the rise and fall of these individuals and many more, who were famous—long before they became infamous.
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Jazz vocalists have made immeasurable contributions to the American songbook. Not only was Louis Armstrong renowned for his innovations as a trumpet soloist, but he also had a distinctive, gravelly voice that incorporated swing and humor. A host of other jazz singers enjoyed great popularity in the mid-20th century, including Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Lena Horne and Nina Simone. Several established careers in film and television as well. Contemporary artists like Harry Connick Jr. and Diana Krall continue to carry the musical baton.
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Explore some of the most famous figures featured in biopics and the leading actors who portrayed them, including President Abraham Lincoln and his mimic in Lincoln, Daniel Day-Lewis; White House butler Eugene Allen and The Butler's leading man, Forest Whitaker; Etta James and Cadillac Records star Beyoncé Knowles; Ray Charles and his Academy Award-winning portrayer, Jamie Foxx; and Angela Bassett and Mary J. Blige, who play Coretta Scott King and Betty Shabazz, respectively, in the Lifetime original movie Betty & Coretta (2013).
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