She was christened Howard Allen O'Brien, but ever since childhood she preferred to be called Anne. She married the poet, Stan Rice, in 1961, when she was 20. It is widely known that she wrote her most famous novel, Interview with a Vampire, after the death of her five-year-old daughter. Despite a masters degree in creative writing, Anne Rice has fared less well with critics than with her fans, who number in the millions. Here's the trailer from the Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise film version of Interview.
Michael Morton - Freed by DNA Evidence on This Day 2011 After 25 Years in Prison
This true story reads like the plot of The Count of Monte Cristo, The Shawshank Redemption, or The Fugitive. "But I didn't kill my wife," protests the fugitive in the 1993 film version with Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones. "I don't care," replies the cop. In this case, the "I don't care" part seems to have been the attitude of the Texas prosecution team that knowingly withheld evidence during Morton's trial, which would have exonerated him. Morton had already served five years of his own wrongful imprisonment when The Fugitive was released in theaters and had moved into his sixth year when The Shawshank Redemption came out in 1994. If you don't know the Michael Morton story already, this clip from 60 Minutes will break your heart. If you care at all about this, here's a link to The Innocence Project,whose work led to Morton's release.
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