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Rossen, Robertlocked

(16 March 1908–18 February 1966)
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Rossen, Robert (16 March 1908–18 February 1966), motion picture director, screenwriter, and producer, was born Robert Rosen in New York City, the son of Russian-Jewish immigrants. Little is known about his parents, except that Rossen claimed that his mother’s family was of the “intelligentsia.” His grandfather was a rabbi and an uncle of his was a Hebrew-language poet. Rossen grew up in a poor neighborhood in lower Manhattan, where he attended public schools. As a teenager he took up boxing, abandoning the ring after several professional bouts. He later said of his New York upbringing that life on the streets “taught him the impact of environment on character.”...

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