Back on track, set to graduate and then shot dead

Fatty Arbuckle

Actor and comedian Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle at the Joseph Henry Steiners Birthday Party, date unknown. Arbuckle climbed to fame as an actor, most notable in the "Keystone Kops," a series of one-reel comedies, but then behind the camera as a director. He founded a successful film company that discovered actor Buster Keaton. After signing a $1 million, three-year contract with Paramount in 1921 Arbuckle began a three-day celebration in San Francisco. Young starlet Virginia Rappe became ill and died and Arbuckle was charged with her murder. The ensuing trial, ending in Arbuckle's aquittal, ruined his once promising career.
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