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Hey Bill, how are you? No, not Max.

At age 27, I was accepted at an artist's retreat, where I worked on my first novel.

Although only modestly successful upon publication, an Alfred Hitchcock film adaptation of the novel enhanced my reputation.
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On Dec 21, 2021, arthur stead wrote:
Hey Bill, how are you?

Doing well, all things considered.

Got a root canal, got a crown replaced, my sister-in-law passed away, and my wife and I (with the dogs) had a nice, albeit short, anniversary/birthday trip to Yosemite: lots of snow (which the dogs, a collie and a corgi, loved).
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Sorry about losing your relative, Bill. But glad you enjoyed your anniversary/birthday romp in the snow with wife & dogs.

Alan M: It’s not Stewart James. Here’s another clue:

A lifelong diarist, I left behind eight thousand pages of handwritten notebooks and diaries.
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For a supernatural chiller mixing magic (prestidigitation, legerdemain) with Magic (occultism, mysticism), check out my novel MAGIC: AN OCCULT THRILLER at http://www.amazon.com/Magic-Occult-Thriller-Reed-Hall/dp/1453874836
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Good guess, Karnak, but no cigar.

My writing derived influence from existentialist literature, and questioned notions of identity and popular morality. I was dubbed "the poet of apprehension" by novelist Graham Greene.
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I think I heard the snail story once before about Patricia Highsmith?
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You got it, Landmark! Patricia Highsmith, born Mary Patricia Plangman in 1921. Author of psychological thrillers such as Strangers On A Train, The Blunderer, The Two Faces Of January, The Price Of Salt (later republished as Carol), and her series of five novels featuring Mr. Tom Ripley.

These were my remaining clues:

One of my most popular works was a psychological thriller featuring a likable criminal. I later wrote four sequels featuring the same protagonist.

One of my U.S. publishers said that although I was a mean, cruel, hard, unlovable, unloving human being ... my books were brilliant.

I wrote 22 novels and numerous short stories throughout my career spanning nearly five decades, and my work has led to more than two dozen film adaptations.

I died at age 74 from a combination of aplastic anemia and lung cancer at Carita hospital in Locarno, Switzerland.

I left my estate, worth an estimated $3 million, to the Yaddo colony where I had written the draft of my first novel. My literary estate was bequeathed to the Swiss Literary Archives at the Swiss National Library in Bern, Switzerland.
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1. Dad died when I was 10; he met my mom when his US Navy boat broke down in my mom's homeland.

2. From 2008-13 I appeared in stage productions of A Streetcar Named Desire, Uncle Vanya and The Maids.

3. My first high-profile international role was as young royalty.
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4. I was the first actor in history to win an Academy Award for portraying another Academy Award-winning actor.

5. At the start of the millenium I got acclaim for doing things in threes.

6. And in the next decade I did things in threes once more!
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No idea, so far ...
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7. I'm an Aussie.

8. I'm starring in a re-make of a classic film that mentalists in particular would be interested in.
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Going out on a limb, I'll guess Mel Gibson ... but he's probably too obvious a choice.
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9. I starred in a Woody Allen film, and I'm in the remake of Nightmare Alley.
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10. I was in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit trilogy
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Last clue:

Some awrds and nominations:

71st Academy Awards (1998): Best Actress, nomination, Elizabeth
77th Academy Awards (2004): Best Supporting Actress, win, The Aviator
79th Academy Awards (2006): Best Supporting Actress, nomination, Notes on a Scandal
80th Academy Awards (2007): Best Actress, nomination, Elizabeth: The Golden Age
80th Academy Awards (2007): Best Supporting Actress, nomination, I'm Not There
86th Academy Awards (2013): Best Actress, win, Blue Jasmine
88th Academy Awards (2015): Best Actress, nomination, Carol--the adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's The Price of Salt!
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Now you've given it away: Cate Blanchett.
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There you go. She won the Academy Award for playing another Academy Award winner, Kate Hepburn, and is in the new re-make of Nightmare Alley.
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She was brilliant in Elizabeth.

I was born in New York City in 1923. My Jewish family was upper middle class, but I downplayed my roots.

I first became interested in art and design as a hobby, through school. I was also an avid jazz fan, often attending concerts at the Apollo Theater in Harlem.

I frequently drew portraits of the musicians playing their instruments. In my last year of high school, I enrolled in summer art classes.
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Later I attended Ohio State University, which offered studio courses and a degree in fine arts. But my studies were interrupted by a three-year stint in the Army during and after World War II between 1943 and 1946.
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