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1. Robert Taylor (1911-1969)
    A famous American actor who was known as
    “the man with the perfect profile”. He made his
    first film appearance in 1934 and was an
    instant heart-throb due to strikingly handsome
    with wavy black hair and blue eyes. In his later
         life, he made many television appearances,
         notably in the 1959 series, The Detectives.
         In 1969, he died of lung cancer.

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One of his first major films was Camille (1936), in
which he played opposite Greta Garbo. Others
included: Magnificent Obsession (1935), Personal
Property (1937), A Yank at Oxford (1938), Bataan
(1943), The Bribe (1949), Quo Vadis (1951),
Ivanhoe (1952), Knights of the Round Table (1953),
The Last Hunt (1956), etc. Yet, the most popular
should be Waterloon Bridge (1940).
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    2. Winston Churchill (Nov.30th,1874 - Jan.24th,1965)
    • Former prime minister of Britain / writer / orator
    • Birthplace: Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire,
      England
    • Best Known As: Indefatigable prime minister of
      Britain during World War II, who rallied the
      British people and led his country from the
      brink of defeat to victory.
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    The son of Randolph Churchill, a Conservative
    politician, was born in Blenheim Palace,
    Woodstock. He was educated at Harrow and
    Sandhurst. After a brief but eventful career in the
    army, he became a Conservative Member of
    Parliament in 1900. At the outbreak of the
    Second World War, he was appointed First Lord
    of the Admiralty.




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    In May,1940, he became Prime Minister and
    Minister of Defense and remained in office until
    1945. He took over the premiership again in the
    Conservative victory of 1951 and resigned in
    1955. However, he remained a Member of
    Parliament until the general election of 1964,
    when he did not seek reelection.




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Churchill’s literary career began with
campaign reports. In 1900, he published his
only novel and six years later, his first major
work, the biography of his father. Churchill’s history
of the First World War appeared in four volumes
under the title of The World Crisis; his memoirs of
the Second World War ran to six volumes. After his
retirement from office, Churchill wrote History of
the English-speaking Peoples. He won the Nobel
Prize in Literature in 1953.
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    3. O. Henry (1862.9.11-1910 )

    The text of Section B is adapted form O.
    Henry’s story After Twenty Years.
     O. Henry, “Father of the modern American
     short-story”, is the pseudonym of William
     Sydney Porter, who wrote about the life of
     ordinary people in New York City.




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    This famous American writer is a master of
    surprise endings, best known for his ironic
    plot twists and surprise endings, which is
    called "O. Henry Ending".
    William, the son of a physician, was born in
    Greenboro, North Carolina, and was raised
    by his parental grandmother and paternal
    aunt because his mother died when he’s
    only three.


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William was an avid reader, but at the age of
fifteen he left school and had a number of jobs,
including that of bank clerk.
In 1887 he married Athol Estes Roach; they had
one daughter and one son.
In 1894 cash was found to have gone missing
from the First National Bank in Austin, where he
had worked as a bank teller. When he was called



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back to Austin to stand trial, he fled to Honduras to
avoid trial. Hearing the news of his wife’s death, he
returned to Austin. In 1897, he was convicted of
embezzling money, although there has been much
debate over his actual guilt.
While in prison, he started to write short stories to
earn money to support his daughter Margaret. The
stories of adventure in the US Southwest and in
Central America gained an immediate success
among readers.

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He emerged from the prison in 1901 and changed
his name to O. Henry. His first collection,
Ca b b ages a n d Kings, appeare d in 19 0 4 .
During his life time, Henry published 10 collections
and over 600 short stories. His last years were
shadowed by alcoholism, ill health, and financial
problems. He died of cirrhosis of the liver on June
5, 1910, in New York.




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    In 1918 the O. Henry Memorial Awards were
    established to be given annually to the best
    magazine stories, the winners and leading
    contenders to be published in an annual
    volume.
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                    4. O. Henry’s works
      Henry's humorous, energetic style shows the
      influence of Mark Twain and Ambrose Bierce.
      He is remembered best for such enduring
      favorites as The Gift of the Magi and The
      Ransom of Red Chief. The combination of
      humor and sentiment found in his stories is
      the basis of their universal appeal.

      His other works include:


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    Girl
    Next To Reading Matter
    After Twenty Years
    The Atavism Of John Tom Little Bear
    Babes In The Jungle
    The Cop and the Anthem
    A Cosmopolite in a Café
    A Double-dyed Deceiver
    The Furnished Room
    The Handbook of Hymen
    Hearts and Hands
    The Last Leaf
    Mammon and the Archer
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A Song
— I Turn to You
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         When you are lost, you are scared,
         and even when your world is going
         to be crazy, who would you like to
         turn to besides your families?
         Enjoy the song and you’ll get
         your answer!
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         I Turn to You
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                    I Turn to You
                            — by Christina Aguilera
    When I'm lost in the rain
    In your eyes I know I'll find the light
    To light my way
    When I'm scared
    Losing ground
    When my world is going crazy
    You can turn it all around
    And when I'm down you're there
    Pushing me to the top
    You're always there giving me all you've got
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     For a shield from the storm
     For a friend, for a love
     to keep me safe and warm
     I turn to you
     For the strength to be strong
     For the will to carry on
     For everything you do
     For everything that's true
     I turn to you
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         When I lose the will to win
         I just reach for you
         And I can reach the sky again
         I can do anything
         'Cause your love is so amazing
         'Cause your love inspires me
         And when I need a friend
         You're always on my side
         Giving me faith
         That gets me through the night
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         For a shield from the storm
         For a friend, for a love
         To keep me safe and warm
         I turn to you
         For the strength to be strong
         For the will to carry on
         For everything you do
         I turn to you
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     For the arms to be my shelter
     Through all the rain
     For truth that will never change
     For someone to lean on
     For a heart I can rely on through anything
     For that one who I can run to...
     For a shield from the storm
     For a friend, for a love
     To keep me safe and warm
     I turn to you
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     For the strength to be strong
     For the will to carry on
     For everything you do
     For everything that's true
     I turn to you




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