This week in history: 15th March – 22nd March

The 15th of March 1972 marked the entrance of the Corleone family into our lives. The Godfather, a mafia classic directed by Martin Scorsese, was adapted from a novel of the same name written by Mario Puzo. The film encountered controversy after its release, as the Italian-American Civil Rights League held a rally in Madison Square Gardens to protest the film, which they felt was a slur against Italian-Americans.

Marlon Brando as Mafia boss Vito Corleone

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Julia Roberts became the first actress ever to earn a staggering $20 million for one movie on the 17th February 2000. As the lead role in director Steven Soderbergh’s Erin Brockovich, Roberts became the first female to command a pay cheque so high, following many A-list, male actors such as Tom Cruise, Mel Gibson and Tom Hanks.

For the first time, audiences were able to watch on as the televised broadcast of the Academy Awards took place. First organized in 1927, the 19th March 1953 marked the first time viewers were able to watch the world’s most prestigious film award ceremony.

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