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Harold Robbins

Age: 81

Robbins is known for his best-selling, steamy novels that revolved around sex, money and power. The characters in Robbins's novels often resembled famous figures such as Howard Hughes and Marilyn Monroe. The films Never Love a Stranger and The Carpetbaggers were based on his books. Despite the scorn of critics, Robbins remained confident in his work and described himself “as the best writer in the world.”

Born: 1916
Died: Oct. 14, 1997

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