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George Orson Welles, professionally known as Orson Welles (May 6, 1915 - October 10, 1985) was an actor, writer, director, and producer. Born in Kenosha, Wisconsin, his father was an inventor and his mother was a pianist. His parents separated in 1919, and his mother, with whom he lived, died when he was 9. His life was chaotic for the next several years. His father died when Orson was 15, and with the small inheritance he got from that death, he went to Europe. Eventually, though he had all sorts of interests, he settled on broadcasting and entertainment. He founded his own repertory company in 1937, called Mercury Theatre. He famously broadcast "The War of the Worlds" on Halloween night 1938, one of the most famous radio broadcasts in history. Additionally, his 1941 movie "Citizen Kane" is always ranked as one of the greatest movies ever. He was married three times, including once to movie star Rita Hayworth from 1943 to 1947, and he had two committed relationships, including one with Dolores Rio. Additionally, he had four children.

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