The Three Stooges Meet Divine

Undaunted by criticism of its top 100 motion pictures list last year, the American Film Institute is picking the 50 greatest American film legends of the 20th Century. Humphrey Bogart, Jean Harlow, Clark Gable, Rita Hayworth and Spencer Tracy were obvious candidates on the list of 500 nominees, which seemed to include everyone who ever starred in a movie (including the Three Stooges). AFI defined “American screen legend” as an actor with a significant screen presence in American movies whose screen debut occurred prior to 1951 or whose debut occurred after 1950 but whose death marked a completed body of work. That allowed inclusion of James Dean, Grace Kelly. John Belushi, Elvis Presley, Steve McQueen, Anthony Perkins and others, even Divine. Winners will be announced in June.

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