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Hollywood’s First Scandal

Friday, September 30th, 2011


‘Fatty’ Arbuckle and Hollywood’s first scandal



By Jude Sheerin
BBC News, Washington


Guests to San Francisco’s Westin St Francis Hotel still ask to see the room where an infamous bootleg-booze-soused party took place 90 years ago.


The management are happy to show visitors the suite, if it’s unoccupied, but they don’t know exactly what happened in there on Labor Day in 1921 – no-one does.


One thing is clear: In Room 1219 that afternoon, an actress by the name of Virginia Rappe was screaming in agony on a bed.


Later that week she was dead.


And the man charged with her death was Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, Hollywood’s first one-million-dollar star.


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