Eva Perón
Eva Perón’s Final Speech to Argentina

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In this speech from 1951, the beloved first lady of Argentina, Eva Perón, made her final address to her nation’s people. Perón uses this moment to specifically call out support for the poor people of Argentina and she praises them for being proactive. She also credits her capable husband, Juan … Continue reading

Joseph Stalin
Russians Mourn the Death of Stalin the Myth Not the Man

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Upon Joseph Stalin’s death on March 5, 1953, Russians share their reaction to his death. Former dissidents such as Lev Kopelev even wept for the corrupt dictator who ruled Russia for over three decades: “It wasn’t the real Stalin that we…that I and others like me mourned in those days. It … Continue reading

Espionage Act
Son Discusses the Execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg

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Robert Meeropol discusses the execution of his parents, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, the only U.S. citizens to be executed under the Espionage Act of 1917. As one of the most contested death sentences in history, the Rosenberg case has inspired continued debate over the constitutionality of the Espionage Act. In … Continue reading

J. D. Salinger
Former Lover on Romance With Famous Recluse J.D. Salinger

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J.D. Salinger, one of America’s best known contemporary writers, is equally famous for his reclusive behavior. After 60 years of silence, a former lover, Jean Miller, finally shares the private details of her romance with the mysterious author of “Catcher in the Rye,” including his initial attraction to her and … Continue reading

Cecil Beaton
‘She Was Just Beautiful, All the Time’

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Distinguished British photographer Cecil Beaton and his New York-based assistant Ed Pfizenmaier share memories on their famous 1956 shoot with Marilyn Monroe. Both men were impressed by how beautiful she was in-person and her “variety of moves” in front of the camera. Pfizenmaier explains how both he and Beaton knew … Continue reading

Elvis Presley
Milton Berle on the TV Performance that Scandalized America

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Famous television personality, Milton Berle, discusses Elvis Presley’s controversial performance of “Hound Dog” on “The Milton Berle Show” in 1956. He gives a light-hearted account of the media frenzy that criticized Elvis’s provocative hip gyrations, which was different from his own surprising response.

Elia Kazan
[Text] Director Elia Kazan on Wanting to Cast Paul Newman in ‘On the Waterfront’


To Budd Schulberg I’m not insane about Brando for this. In fact, in my opinion he is quite wrong. But he’s a fine actor and if he’s really excited about it and will work like a beginner trying to get a start, he can be fine. He’s got to be hungry … Continue reading

Elia Kazan
[Text] Director Elia Kazan on Casting an Unknown James Dean in ‘East of Eden’


March 1954 To John Steinbeck I looked thru a lot of kids before settling on this Jimmy Dean. He hasn’t Brando’s stature, but he’s a good deal younger and is very interesting, has balls and eccentricity and a “real problem” somewhere in his guts, I don’t know what or where. He’s … Continue reading