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Spyros Skouras
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    (March 28, 1893-August 16, 1971)
    Born in Skourochori, Greece
    President of 20th Century Fox (1942-62)
    Resigned from the position on June 27, 1962
    Served as Chairman of the 20th Century Fox Board of Directors until 1969
    His middle name was Panagiotis.
    He lived in the US for over sixty years but maintained a thick Mediterranean accent.
    The accent was such a trademark of his that Bob Hope joked '[He's] been here twenty years but he still sounds as if he's coming next week!'
    He popularized the use of Cinemascope in movies as a means of competing with the increasingly popular medium of television.
    He presided over the disastrous cost overruns of 'Cleopatra,' which provoked a shareholder revolt that drove him out of office, replacing him with Darryl F. Zanuck (1963).
    He immigrated to the United States with his two brothers in 1910.
    He served on the Army Signal Corps during the First World War.
    He worked as a busboy in St. Louis before eventually purchasing the Grand Central Theatre, leading to a nationwide franchise.
    He was credited with saving 20th Century Fox from bankruptcy in the early 1940s.
    He was a mentor (and possible lover) to Marilyn Monroe, who called him 'Papa Skouras.'
    He financed 'The Robe,' which was the first motion picture to feature the widescreen Cinemascope technique.
    His strategy for competing with television's popularity worked; as did his slogan - 'Movies are better than ever.'

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