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Jerzy Kosinski
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    (June 14, 1933-May 3, 1991)
    Born in Lodz, Poland
    Wrote 'The Painted Bird' (1965), 'Steps' (1969), 'Being There' (1971) and 'Pinball' (1982)
    Birth name Jozef Lewinkopf
    Survived the holocaust through being hidden by local Poles
    Emigrated to the US in 1957 and became an American citizen in 1965
    Committed suicide either by a barbiturate overdose or suffocating himself with a plastic bag
    He escaped Communist Poland by forging letters of permission to travel abroad.
    He may have betrayed his protectors during World War II by unfairly portraying them as ignorant sadists in ‘The Painted Bird.’
    He was accused of plagiarizing several lesser known Polish novelists (accusations that were never substantiated).
    He posed shirtless with a bullwhip for Annie Leibovitz.
    He supported himself for awhile in the US as a truckdriver.
    He had been invited to Roman Polanski's home the night of the Manson murders but was delayed because of lost luggage.
    He was praised for his performance in Warren Beatty's ‘Reds.’
    ‘Being There’ was made into a well regarded film starring Peter Sellers.
    Attacks in the press may have contributed to his suicide.

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