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Orson Welles Essay

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My name is Orson Welles. My life has been an amazing roller coaster of great highs and unthinkable lows. As far as many people are concerned, my career peaked with the movie, Citizen Kane, which just happens to be my first major motion picture. Picture in your head, the Oscar ceremony of 1942. Every time a nomination for my masterpiece, Citizen Kane, was announced, there was the normal amount of courteous applause, but also the sound of mild booing, hissing, and laughter could be heard. I had expected this, since in my two years in Hollywood, I had achieved more than most of those fascist bigots ever would. Everybody denies that I am a genius, but nobody ever called me one. My definition of success is not having things thrown at me. Let me start from the beginning. I was born George Orson Welles, son of Richard Head Welles and Beatrice Welles, on May 6, 1915. My father was a noted, wealthy inventor and manufacturer. My mother was an amateur concert pianist. From the beginning, I never much liked the name George, so I dropped it. My parents weren't very much alike and tended to live separate lives. Therefore, when I was six, they separated and I lived with my mother until her death in 1926. After her death, I was left with Maurice Bernstein, a good friend of my mother, and my father, who at this point in his life, spent much of his time with the bottle instead of with me. Much of my time was spent with Mr. Bernstein, who I later found out had an infatuation with my mother and wanted to replace my father. After my father's death, three days after Christmas in 1930, all of my time was spent with Mr. Bernstein. My creative side had shown clearly even during my youth. Everybody told me from the moment I could hear that I was absolutely marvelous. At the fresh age of 3, I received a puppet stage. I wrote plays and acted them out. When my little stage became too small for my visions, I acted out entire plays by myself, throwing my voice to portray other characters. This same year, my presence graced the stage for the first time. I played Trouble in the Chicago Opera Company's production of Madame Butterfly. Throughout school, I wrote, directed, and acted in my own plays. This caught the attention of the local newspapers; who immediately dubbed me a prodigy. I think that this may have been brought about by Mr. Bernstein's connections with the papers. He may have at least made my name known to them. I discovered at the age of six that everything was a phony, worked with mirrors. Since then, I've always wanted to be a magician. After finishing my formal education at Todd School, Mr. Bernstein suggested I go to Ireland; he wanted me to lose interest in the theatre. Once there, I found the Gate Theatre. I was disappointed with my audition, but Hilton Edwards and Micheal MacLiammoir found it brilliant. My first performance with the Gate Theatre was as the Duke in Jew Suss. This role, in my opinion was a great triumph, but my next few were...

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