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Jake LaMotta is a former middleweight boxing champion whose life and career is the subject of the film Raging Bull.
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In 1970, LaMotta shared the details of his violent, stormy personal life as well as his professional career in the book, Raging Bull: My Story. He revealed his insecurities, jealous nature, and history of violence against women. The book was made into the 1980 film, Raging Bull,
Along with showing his prowess inside the ring, it examined his destructive ways and volcanic temper beyond the ropes, especially his abusive second marriage to wife Vicki. The film won two Academy Awards, including Best Actor for De Niro, and the resulting popularity renewed the public’s interest in LaMotta himself. Capitalizing on this new wave of attention, the second installment of his memoirs, Raging Bull II, was published in 1986.
In 1998, LaMotta experienced a series of personal tragedies. He lost his two sons from his second marriage, Jack and Joseph. Jack died of cancer, and Joseph died in an airplane crash. Over the years, LaMotta has kept himself busy with personal appearances, autograph shows, and even marketed a line of pasta sauces for a time.
Today, LaMotta lives in New York City. Married six times, he is reportedly engaged to Denise Baker, according to an article in London's The Times newspaper.
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