29th June
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1933 Death of Fatty Arbuckle

At the height of his powers, Fatty Arbuckle was one of the most popular movie stars of his time. He was a prominent member of the Keystone Cops, made films with Charlie Chaplin, and discovered Buster Keaton who was to become one of the most popular movie stars of the 1920's and 30's.

However Arbuckle's career was ended after he was banned following a charge of manslaughter.

He was accused after the death of Virginia Rappe who died after an alleged sexual assault from the 350 lb star.

Two juries could not decide on his guilt, however, and he was eventually acquitted in 1922, but by this time his career was finished. He managed to start directing again under the pseudonym William Goodrich.

He was 46.

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