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FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2009 file photo, actress Joanne Woodward, left, stands by as Gore Vidal speaks at the National Book Awards in New York. Woodward presented Vidal with the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. Vidal died Tuesday, July 31, 2012, at his home in Los Angeles. He was 86. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg, File)

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