The legendary Gorgeous George will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, WWE announced in a news release today. The company also said that WWE Studios has acquired the rights to do a major motion picture about him that will begin production next year.

The late Gorgeous George, who was born George Wagner, was a pioneer during the Golden Age of pro wrestling in the 1950s. His flamboyant style – he played a cocky, bleached-blonde effeminate heel with gaudy robes who came out to 'Pomp and Circumstance" and had a male valet who would spray perfume around the ring – was groundbreaking as far as bringing showmanship to the genre. Not only was he the biggest star in wrestling when it was a staple of the early days of television, but he was one of the most famous mainstream celebrities of the day.

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Gorgeous George, who died in 1963 at 48, influenced numerous pro wrestlers as well as others in show business and sports. Boxing great Muhammad Ali, in particular, has always said that he took his cues from Gorgeous George.

"Gorgeous George's was a pop-culture innovator who took risks pushing the social envelope and did things that no other performer had ever dared to do," WWE CEO and chairman Vince McMahon said in a statement. "He was a cultural tour-de-force who set the standard that many in the world of sports and entertainment still emulate today."

Betty Wagner, Gorgeous George's 96-year-old former wife, will accept the Hall of Fame honor on his behalf in an induction ceremony that takes place on March 27, the night before WrestleMania XXVI.

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