Orson Welles

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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.