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He elevated neurosis to a comedic height rivaled only by Woody Allen.

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He won every available U.S. military combat award for valor.

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A dancer who became a spy and a Civil Rights Movement icon.

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He was told that he wasn’t built to be a versatile actor.

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“I think Comedy Central totally fucking pussed out.”

ebsen

He brought charm to his bitterest characters.

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“I was half-crazy with anger… a woman on fire.”

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He loved a good story, no matter what form it took.

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He is brilliant at blending comedy with sensuality.

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Not many artists who perform in a mouse costume get taken seriously.

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Creating art that is rooted in reality, not theory.

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“OH BABY, YOU… YOU GOT WHAT I NEED!”

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From anime to pop, this composer doesn’t think about genre.

aziz

He is the best at “over­confident because I’m over­compensating.”

Věra Chytilová

“I have no desire to cuddle my audience.”

He courageously shared his sexual predilections with the world.

It’s pretty hard to call a harp player a sell-out.

He was dis­illusioned by the materialism of modern Japan.

An uncontrollable fit of the giggles transitioning to bitter tears.

She refused to stay silent while her people were cheated.

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He was attacked by a sand-kicking beach bully…

His poetry still seems experimental and forward-thinking today.

He lovingly deconstructs pop culture for a post-recession generation.

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The UK’s first action heroine.