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Clifford Irving
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    (November 5, 1930-December 19, 2017)
    Wrote the novels 'On a Darkling Plain' (1956), 'The Losers' (1958), 'Tom Mix and Pancho Villa' (1981) and 'Final Argument' (1990)
    Wrote the non-fiction works 'Fake!' (1969) and 'Hoax!' (1981)
    Convinced publisher McGraw-Hill he had been authorized to ghostwrite the autobiography of reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes (1971)
    He forged Hughes' handwriting on letters and contracts.
    He stole information for the 'autobiography' from an unpublished memoir by one of Hughes' ex-aides.
    He convinced his wife to pose as 'Helga R. Hughes' in order to launder McGraw-Hill's checks to 'H.R. Hughes' through a Swiss bank account.
    The hoax unraveled when Hughes placed a phone call to a group of reporters and said that he had never even met Irving.
    He spent 17 months in prison for fraud and was transferred to three different prisons because of his disruptive behavior.
    He had an affair with singer Nina van Pallandt through two of his marriages.
    Although he had never seen an original sample of Hughes' handwriting, his forgeries fooled leading experts.
    He returned the $750,000 advance he had received from McGraw Hill.
    He was the subject of a documentary by Orson Welles.
    Asked by 'The Book of Lists' to name the 10 greatest forgers of all time, Irving included himself on the list.

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