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Columnist James Bacon dies

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The Associated Press reports James Bacon, an AP writer and syndicated columnist who covered Hollywood, passed away of congestive heart failure in Los Angeles. He was 96 years old. Bacon, who wrote for the AP for 23 years and later served as a columnist for the Herald Examiner (which no longer exists), was known for his reports on and friendships with celebrities like Elizabeth Taylor, John Wayne, and Clint Eastwood. He also authored three best-sellers: Hollywood Is a Four Letter Town and Made in Hollywood, and co-wrote Jackie Gleason’s autobiography, How Sweet It Is.