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Fame in the 20th Century

Clive writes "A project dear to my heart, the eight-part television series Fame in the 20th Century, produced by Richard Drewett and Beatrice Ballard, was videotaped in 1992, screened in Britain, the United States and Australia, and later vanished beyond hope of recovery, since every inch of footage in the gigantic compilation belonged to some agency legally equipped to charge the Earth."

[ Some of the YouTube copies here may have survived because they've been through so many generations of duplication, transfer, downscaling, transcoding, re-sampling and inappropriate stretching that their images are now barely recognisable; we thank YouTuber Grant Bernes for preserving them, even in this state. Grant notes that "Some footage ... was required to be removed due to copyright content". A new upload from Cesar Ponce Hernandez resolves the quality issues but gets clobbered by the music copyright machine — those few bars of a song from a movie must really hurt somebody's revenue... Where they'd let me embed only the low quality versions (Episodes 2 – 8), I've provided a link to Cesar's superior HQ ones on YouTube. Come back when you're finished! — Archive Editor, August 2020 ]

1 – The Close-up Stakes Its Claim   (1900 – 1927)
Includes: William Randolph Hearst, Orson Welles, Edison, Queen Victoria, Tolstoy, Dickens, Conan Doyle, Kipling, Caruso, Wright Brothers, Blériot, Marie Curie, Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Teddy Roosevelt, Sarah Bernhardt, Isadora Duncan, Theda Bara, Houdini, Scott, Amundsen, Henry James, Jack Johnson, Kaiser Wilhelm, Hindenburg, Foch, King George V, Lloyd George, Kitchener, von Richthofen, T E Lawrence, Garbo, James Dean, Peter O'Toole, Lenin, Henry Ford, Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, Valentino, Arbuckle, Chaplin.
2 – All Ahead Warp Factor One   (1918 – 1932)
Includes: Pavlova, Melba, Malcolm Campbell, Amy Johnson, Jack Hobbs, Don Bradman, Babe Ruth, Jack Dempsey, Lindbergh, Capone, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Freud, Einstein, Josephine Baker, Scott Fitzgerald, Stravinsky, James Joyce, Gertrude Stein, Chanel, Gertrude Lawrence, Jolson, Laurel and Hardy, Marx Brothers, Eliot, Marlene Dietrich, Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy, Jean Harlow, Mae West, Cary Grant, Gershwin, Astaire.
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3 – The Charisma Kids   (1930 – 1939)
Includes: Mussolini, Cecil B De Mille, George Bernard Shaw, Hitler, Goebbels, Hess, Johnny Weissmuller, F D Roosevelt, Bing Crosby, Shirley Temple, Toscanini, Disney, Gary Cooper, Henry Fonda, James Stewart, John Wayne, Cagney, Errol Flynn, Clark Gable, Judy Garland, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Katharine Hepburn, Hemingway, Wallace Simpson, The Duke of Windsor, Jesse Owens, Joe Louis, Neville Chamberlain.
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4 – Twin Pearl-Handled Guns   (1939 – 1945)
Includes: Churchill, de Gaulle, Vivien Leigh, Bob Hope, Bogart, Emperor Hirohito, Goering, Himmler, Rommel, Montgomery, Mountbatten, Noël Coward, George Formby, Gracie Fields, Olivier, Vera Lynn, General MacArthur, David Niven, Sinatra, Glenn Miller, Betty Grable, Rita Hayworth, Spencer Tracy, Eisenhower, Patton, Gandhi, Stalin, Audie Murphy.
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5 – In Bondage To Cyclops   (1945 – 1960)
Includes: Lucille Ball, Liberace, Queen Elizabeth II, Hillary & Tensing, Roger Bannister, Paul Robeson, Richard Burton, Sophia Loren, Marilyn Monroe, Bardot, Diana Dors, Richard Todd, Alec Guinness, Hitchcock, Grace Kelly, Hugh Hefner, Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman, Doris Day, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Fangio, Stirling Moss, Onassis, Maria Callas, Eva Peron, Schweitzer, Picasso, Brando, James Dean, Bill Haley, Elvis, Nixon, Khrushchev.
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6 – Float Like A Butterfly   (1960 – 1969)
Includes: J F Kennedy, Sean Connery, Profumo, Peter Sellers, Richard Burton, Elixabeth Taylor, Nureyev, Gagarin, Lee Harvey Oswald, The Beatles, Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Billy Graham, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Che Guevara, Mao Tse-tung, Jean-Paul Sartre, Cassius Clay, Martin Luther King, L B Johnson, Robert Kennedy, Brezhnev, Charles Manson, Andy Warhol, Neil Armstrong.
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7 – Towering Earthquake   (1969 – 1981)
Includes: Henry Kissinger, Jane Fonda, Jack Nicholson, Clint Eastwood, Robert De Niro, Robert Redford, Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, Raymond Burr, Peter Falk, Telly Savalas, The Osmonds, Howard Hughes, Gerald Ford, Boris Spassky, Bobby Fischer, Olga Korbut, Solzhenitsyn, Pelé, Borg, McEnroe, King, Evert, Connors, Abba, Bruce Lee, Bowie, Baader & Meinhof, Patty Hearst, Idi Amin, Woody Allen, Dustin Hoffman, Barbra Steisand, The Sex Pistols, Jimmy Carter.
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8 – The Monster Walks Amongst Us   (1981 – 1992)
Includes: Reagan, Thatcher, Stallone, Diana Spencer, Michael Jackson, Joan Collins, Schwarzenegger, Madonna, Bob Geldof, Mandela, Lech Wałęsa, Gorbachev, Václav Havel, Khomeini, George Bush, Rushdie, Pavarotti, Mother Theresa.
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