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Short Info

DiedMarch 10, 1986, Torrance, California, United States
SpouseMuriel Frances Weber
MarkRich smooth voice
FactAs of 2011, he is one of three actors who have won Best Actor at the Oscars and at the Cannes Film Festival for the same performance. The others are Jon Voight in Coming Home (1978) and William Hurt in Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985).
PaymentsEarned $125,000 from Dial M for Murder (1954)


Ray Milland was a Welsh actor who was one of the leading stars of the Hollywood golden era. He was born Alfred Reginald Jones on January 3, 1907 in Neath, Wales, to Elizabeth Annie (Williams) and Alfred Jones, a steel mill superintendent. He had two older sisters, Gladys and Edna. His father died when he was four years old, and his mother remarried two years later to a man named John Charles Wills, who worked in the coal mines. Milland was educated at the local grammar school and then at Cowbridge Grammar School. He left school at the age of 16 to work in the coal mines. He later worked as a journalist for a local newspaper. In 1926, he moved to London to pursue a career in acting.

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Milland made his film debut in 1927 in The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog. He went on to appear in a number of British films over the next few years. In 1930, he moved to Hollywood and signed a contract with Paramount Pictures. His first film for Paramount was The Flying Irishman (1930). He went on to appear in a number of successful films for the studio, including The Lost Squadron (1932), The Miracle Man (1932), and Beau Geste (1939).

During the 1940s, Milland became one of the top leading men in Hollywood. He appeared in a number of successful films, including Reap the Wild Wind (1942), The Uninvited (1944), and The Lost Weekend (1945), for which he won an Academy Award for Best Actor. He also starred in the popular comedy-drama series The Ray Milland Show (1953-1957).

In the 1960s, Milland’s career began to decline. He appeared in a number of unsuccessful films and his health began to deteriorate. He retired from acting in 1967. He died of lung cancer on March 10, 1986 at his home in Beverly Hills, California. He was 79 years old.

Milland was married three times. His first wife was actress Muriel Weber. They were married from 1928 to 1931 and had one child together, Daniel (born 1929). His second wife was actress Mae Murray. They were married from 1933 to 1935. His third wife was actress Patricia Roc. They were married from 1945 until her death in 2003. They had two children together, Daniel (born 1945) and Victoria (born 1951).

Milland had a net worth of $5 million at the time of his death.

General Info

Full NameRay Milland
DiedMarch 10, 1986, Torrance, California, United States
Height1.87 m
ProfessionActor, Film director, Television Director

Family

SpouseMuriel Frances Weber
ChildrenDaniel Milland, Victoria Milland

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Marks

#Marks / Signs
1Rich smooth voice

Salary

TitleSalary
Dial M for Murder (1954)$125,000

Quotes

#Quote
1My philosophy is do what you can with what you've got. I know actors from my generation who cry "Why don't they send me any scripts?". I tell them, "Because you still think of yourself as a leading man. You're 68, not 38. Face it.".
2[on Ronald Reagan] I attended a meeting of the full membership of the Screen Actors Guild held in the Hollywood Legion Stadium, and up in the ring presiding over it was the best president the Guild ever had, Ronald Reagan, now Governor of California. He had a tough job directing the traffic that night, what with calls to the barricades by a lot of coffeehouse characters, wailing about the violence outside studio gates. Hell, the only violent activity I ever saw outside a studio gate was over at Republic one morning when Vera Ralston lost her skate key.
3[on Paulette Goddard] She is the most honest actress I ever knew.
4[After doing Arise, My Love (1940)] I called up my wife long distance and said, "Mal honey, when this picture comes out I'm finished. Sell everything we've got and we'll try to start a new life somewhere else." Then it came out and was an enormous hit which really boosted my career - that shows you how much I knew in those days.
5[on how he came to attend the 1946 Oscar ceremonies] On the day it dawned, I knew I couldn't face it and made up my mind not to attend. At breakfast, I hesitantly told Mal [his wife] of my decision. She slowly put down her fork and just examined me. I didn't know where to look. Then she said, "I know that you're erratic, volatile, and the possessor of a foul temper. But I never thought you were a coward!". Then with a look as cold as a Canadian nun, she said, "You'll go the that ceremony tonight if we have to put you in a straitjacket.".
6My only desire politically is to shoot a few of the politicians. I'm not saying who. But I'm not tempted to become one myself, I couldn't stand dragging my family through all that muck.
7I go to the cinema to be entertained, not depressed.
8I keep playing neurotics because I'm a Welshman, and so I'm supposed to be moody. That's what people keep telling me I am, anyway. But I don't think Welshmen are any more moody than normal. It's the rest of the world that's out of step.
9Now the stars walk around in supermarkets dressed in blue jeans. It's depressing. I really think the fault lies with that "Method" school of acting in New York. They want to be real natural, you know, real folk. Well, God, every street corner you go around has real folks. Yo don't look for that in world stars. The entertainment business is a fantasy world. I don't think any female star should be seen doing the laundry. Hollywood was built on glamour, and they'd better get it back as soon as they can.
10Ronald Reagan and George Murphy are very, very good men. They're really patriots. The word is overdone, but in their case it really applies.
11[when asked why he had appeared in so many bad films late in his career] For the money, old chap, for the money!
12The Celtic mind in its lonely moments is a tumbling sea of love and compassion and romanticism and neurotic hates.
13[on Hedda Hopper] She was venomous, vicious, a pathological liar, and quite stupid.
14[on Louella Parsons] She never forgot a thing and, by the same token, never forgave anyone who crossed her. But she was never vicious.
15The greatest drawback in making pictures is the fact that film makers have to eat.

Facts

#Fact
1Was a staunch conservative Republican.
2He was paired romantically with actress Paulette Goddard in four films, including the blockbusters Reap the Wild Wind (1942) and Kitty (1945). In his autobiography, he wrote that Goddard was "wise, humorous, and with absolutely no illusions". He further claimed that she was the hardest working actress that he had ever worked with.
3Had a terrible accident during the filming of Hotel Imperial (1939), when, taking his horse over a jump, the saddle-girth broke and he landed head-first on a pile of bricks. His most serious injuries were a concussion that left him unconscious for 24 hours, a three-inch gash in his skull that took nine stitches to close, and numerous fractures and lacerations on his left hand.
4A licensed pilot, he tried to enlist in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II, but was rejected due to an "impaired left hand". Instead, he worked as a civilian flight instructor for the Army and also toured with the USO in the South Pacific.
5At age 18, Milland enlisted in the Household Guards for four years active duty and 8 years' reserve. As part of his training, he became skilled in fencing, boxing, horsemanship and marksmanship.
6At age 15, while working on a tramp steamer, he got a snake tattoo on his arm (much to the horror of his mother). He later said getting the tattoo was one of his biggest regrets.
7An expert marksman, he won several prestigious English shooting competitions, among them the Risley Match. He almost certainly won the Army Operational Shooting Competition, held at Bisley Camp. There is a shooting club in Risley, but the AOSC is the main shooting competition in the United Kingdom.
8Spoke Spanish fluently; spoke only Welsh until the age of five.
9Once, while on a visit to Tijuana, the FBI accused him (falsely) of meeting with a suspected Nazi agent.
10He was awarded 2 Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Motion Pictures at 6121 Vine Street; and for Television at 6134 Vine Street in Hollywood, California.
11As of 2011, he is one of three actors who have won Best Actor at the Oscars and at the Cannes Film Festival for the same performance. The others are Jon Voight in Coming Home (1978) and William Hurt in Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985).
12Is the first Welsh actor to receive an Academy Award. After he died, rumors spread that his Oscar had been lost. A Welsh newspaper interviewed his daughter Vicki, and when asked about this missing Oscar, she told them, "It's downstairs in our guest room." One of Milland's two grandsons, Travis, now had his Oscar.
13Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 628-629. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1999.
14Only got the lead role in The Lost Weekend (1945)) because Paramount vetoed writer-director Billy Wilder's first choice for the role, Broadway actor José Ferrer. Hedging its bets, Paramount demanded the casting of a star to headline the risky production, but Cary Grant and most of the other leading male stars of the day turned Wilder down. Milland got the role by default and won an Oscar.
15First performer to win an award at the Cannes Film Festival and an Oscar for the same role (for The Lost Weekend (1945)).
16When accepting the Best Actor Oscar for The Lost Weekend (1945) from Ingrid Bergman, gave one of the shorter speeches in Oscar history: "Thank you. Thank you very much indeed. I'm greatly honored." (Presentation can be found on YouTube).
17Was the first choice for the Don Ameche role in Trading Places (1983).
18Had a near-fatal accident on the set of Hotel Imperial (1939). One scene called for him to lead a cavalry charge through a small village. An accomplished horseman, Milland insisted upon doing this scene himself. As he was making a scripted jump on the horse, his saddle came loose, sending him flying straight into a pile of broken masonary. Laid up in the hospital for weeks with multiple fractures and lacerations, he was lucky to be alive.
19Has a tattoo on his upper right arm of a skull with a snake curled up on top of it with the tail of the snake sticking out through one of the eyes. The tattoo can be seen for a brief moment in the movie Her Jungle Love (1938).
20Father of Dan Milland and adoptive father of Victoria Milland.
21During the filming of Reap the Wild Wind (1942), Milland's character was to have "curly" hair. Milland's hair was naturally straight, so the studio used hot curling irons on his hair to achieve the effect. Milland felt that it was this procedure that caused him to go prematurely bald forcing him to go from leading man to supporting player earlier than he would have wished.
22Ray Milland got his stage name from a riverside street called Milland Road in Neath, where he resided prior to becoming an actor.
23When working on I Wanted Wings (1941), with Brian Donlevy and William Holden, he went up with a pilot to test a plane for filming. While up in the air, Ray decided to do a parachute jump (being an avid amateur parachutist) but, just before he could disembark, the plane began to sputter and the pilot said not to jump as they were running low on gas and he needed to land. Well, once on the ground and in the hangar, Ray began to tell his story of how he had wanted to do a jump. As he told the story, the color ran out of the costume man's face. When asked why, he told Ray that the parachute he had worn up in the plane was "just a prop". There had been no parachute.

Pictures

Movies

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
River of Gold1971TV MovieEvelyn Rose
Love Story1970Oliver Barrett III
The Name of the Game1970TV SeriesJonathan Booker
Daughter of the Mind1969TV MovieProf. Samuel Constable
Bracken's World1969TV SeriesCameo
Hostile Witness1968Simon Crawford - Q.C.
Quick, Let's Get Married1964Mario Forni
The DuPont Show of the Week1963TV SeriesInvestigator
The Silver Burro1963TV Movie
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour1963TV SeriesDr. Howard Fennick
Kraft Mystery Theater1963TV SeriesKeith Briscoe
X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes1963Dr. James Xavier
Panic in Year Zero!1962Harry Baldwin
Premature Burial1962Guy Carrell
Alcoa Premiere1962TV SeriesKeith Briscoe
Markham1959-1960TV SeriesRoy Markham
Goodyear Theatre1959TV SeriesBinyon
General Electric Theater1956-1958TV SeriesCaradoc Williams / John / Woodward / ...
Decision1958TV SeriesMarkheim
Suspicion1958TV SeriesRoy Markham
The Safecracker1958Colley Dawson
High Flight1957Wing Commander Rudge
The River's Edge1957Nardo Denning
Schlitz Playhouse1957TV SeriesHarry Carstairs
Three Brave Men1956Joe DiMarco
The Ford Television Theatre1956TV SeriesDistrict Attorney Peter Sloan
Lisbon1956Capt. Robert John Evans
Screen Directors Playhouse1956TV SeriesMarkheim
A Man Alone1955Wes Steele
The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing1955Stanford White
The Ray Milland Show1953-1955TV SeriesProf. Ray McNulty Professor Ray McNulty Ray McNulty ...
Dial M for Murder1954Tony Wendice
Let's Do It Again1953Gary Stuart
Jamaica Run1953Patrick Fairlie
The Thief1952Allan Fields
Something to Live For1952Alan Miller
Bugles in the Afternoon1952Kern Shafter
Close to My Heart1951Brad Sheridan
Rhubarb1951Eric Yeager
Night Into Morning1951Philip Ainley
Circle of Danger1951Clay Douglas
Copper Canyon1950Johnny Carter
A Life of Her Own1950Steve Harleigh
A Woman of Distinction1950Prof. Alexander 'Alec' Stevenson
It Happens Every Spring1949Prof. Vernon K. Simpson King Kelly
Alias Nick Beal1949Nick Beal
Miss Tatlock's Millions1948Cameo
Sealed Verdict1948Maj. Robert Lawson
The Big Clock1948George Stroud
So Evil My Love1948Mark Bellis
Variety Girl1947Ray Milland
Golden Earrings1947Col. Ralph Denistoun
The Trouble with Women1947Professor Gilbert Sedley
The Imperfect Lady1947Clive Loring
California1947Jonathan Trumbo
The Well-Groomed Bride1946Lt. Dudley Briggs
The Lost Weekend1945Don Birnam
Kitty1945Sir Hugh Marcy
Ministry of Fear1944Stephen Neale
Till We Meet Again1944John
The Uninvited1944Roderick Fitzgerald
Lady in the Dark1944Charley Johnson
The Crystal Ball1943Brad Cavanaugh
Forever and a Day1943Lt. William 'Bill' Trimble
The Major and the Minor1942Major Kirby
Are Husbands Necessary?1942George Cugat
Reap the Wild Wind1942Stephen Tolliver
Star Spangled Rhythm1942Joe in Card-Playing Skit
The Lady Has Plans1942Kenneth Clarence Harper
Sullivan's Travels1941Near-collision man on studio street (uncredited)
Skylark1941Tony Kenyon
I Wanted Wings1941Jeff Young
Arise, My Love1940Tom Martin
Untamed1940Dr. William Crawford
The Doctor Takes a Wife1940Dr. Timothy Sterling
Irene1940Don Marshall
French Without Tears1940Alan Howard
Everything Happens at Night1939Geoffrey Thompson
Beau Geste1939John Geste
Hotel Imperial1939Lieutenant Nemassy
Say It in French1938Richard Carrington, Jr.
Men with Wings1938Scott Barnes
Tropic Holiday1938Ken Warren
Her Jungle Love1938Bob Mitchell
Wise Girl1937John O'Halloran
Ebb Tide1937Robert Herrick
Easy Living1937John Ball Jr.
Wings Over Honolulu1937Lt. Samuel Gilchrist
Bulldog Drummond Escapes1937Captain Hugh C. 'Bulldog' Drummond'
The Jungle Princess1936Christopher Powell
Three Smart Girls1936Lord Michael Stuart
The Big Broadcast of 19371936Bob Miller
The Return of Sophie Lang1936Jimmy Dawson
Next Time We Love1936Tommy Abbott (as Raymond Milland)
The Glass Key1935Taylor Henry
Alias Mary Dow1935Peter Marshall (as Raymond Milland)
Four Hours to Kill!1935Carl Barrett
The Gilded Lily1935Charles Gray (Lord Granton)
One Hour Late1934Tony St. John (as Raymond Milland)
Menace1934/IFreddie Bastion (as Raymond Milland)
Charlie Chan in London1934Neil Howard (as Raymond Milland)
Many Happy Returns1934Ted Lambert
Orders Is Orders1934Dashwood
We're Not Dressing1934Prince Michael (credited, actually Prince Alexander) (as Raymond Milland)
Bolero1934Lord Robert Coray (as Raymond Milland)
This Is the Life1933Bob Travers
Payment Deferred1932James Medland
-But the Flesh Is Weak1932Mr. Stewart - Party Guest (uncredited)
Polly of the Circus1932Church Usher (uncredited)
The Man Who Played God1932Eddie (uncredited)
Blonde Crazy1931Joe Reynolds
Ambassador Bill1931King Lothar
Bought!1931Charles Carter Jr. (as Raymond Milland)
Just a Gigolo1931Freddie
Strangers May Kiss19313rd Admirer (uncredited)
The Bachelor Father1931Geoffrey Trent
Passion Flower1930Party Guest with Letter (uncredited)
Way for a Sailor1930Ship's Officer (uncredited)
The Informer1929Sharpshooter (uncredited)
The Plaything1929Ian (as Raymond Milland)
The Flying Scotsman1929Jim Edwards (as Raymond Milland)
The Lady from the Sea1929Tom Roberts (as Raymond Milland)
Piccadilly1929Diner in Nightclub Scene (uncredited)
Moulin Rouge1928Theater Patron (uncredited)
The Gold Key1985VideoCarl Bruhn
The Sea Serpent1984Professor Timothy Wallace
Sherlock Holmes and the Masks of Death1984TV MovieHome Secretary
Hart to Hart1982-1983TV SeriesSteven Edwards Stephen Harrison Edwards
Cave In!1983TV MovieProfessor Harrison Soames
Starflight: The Plane That Couldn't Land1983TV MovieQ. T. Thornwell
The Royal Romance of Charles and Diana1982TV MovieMr. Griffiths
Our Family Business1981TV MovieTony
The Attic1980Wendell
Charlie's Angels1980TV SeriesOliver Barrow
The Dream Merchants1980TV SeriesLawrence Radford
The Love Boat1979TV SeriesPeter Bradbury
Game for Vultures1979Col. Noel Brettle
Spree1979Professor
The Darker Side of Terror1979TV MovieProf. Meredith
Oliver's Story1978Oliver Barrett III
Fantasy Island1978TV SeriesColonel James Weston
Battlestar Galactica1978TV SeriesSire Uri
Battlestar Galactica1978Sire Uri
Blackout1978Richard Stafford
Slavers1978Hassan
The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries1978TV SeriesDr. Orin Thatcher
Cruise Into Terror1978TV MovieDr. Isiah Bakkun
La ragazza dal pigiama giallo1977Inspector Thompson
The Uncanny1977Frank Richards
Testimony of Two Men1977TV Mini-SeriesJonas Witherby
Cuibul salamandrelor1977The Boss
Seventh Avenue1977TV Mini-SeriesDouglas Fredericks
The Last Tycoon1976Fleishacker
Mayday at 40,000 Feet!1976TV MovieDr. Joseph Mannheim
Look What's Happened to Rosemary's Baby1976TV MovieRoman Castevet
Rich Man, Poor Man - Book II1976TV SeriesDuncan Calderwood
Aces High1976Brigadier Whale
Rich Man, Poor Man1976TV Mini-SeriesDuncan Calderwood
The Swiss Conspiracy1976Johann Hurtil
Ellery Queen1975TV SeriesCarson McKell
Escape to Witch Mountain1975Aristotle Bolt
The Dead Don't Die1975TV MovieJim Moss
Gold1974Hurry Hirschfeld
The Student Connection1974Dr. Roger Melli
Terror in the Wax Museum1973Harry Flexner
The Big Game1973Prof. Pete Handley
The House in Nightmare Park1973Stewart Henderson
Cool Million1972TV SeriesNeil Fitzsimmons
Columbo1971-1972TV SeriesJarvis Goodland / Arthur Kennicutt
The Thing with Two Heads1972Maxwell Kirshner
The Bob Hope Show1972TV SeriesRay Milland
Frogs1972Jason Crockett
Embassy1972Ambassador
Black Noon1971TV MovieCaleb Hobbs
Company of Killers1971TV MovieGeorge DeSalles
Night Gallery1971TV SeriesDr. Archibald Ravadon (segment "The Hand of Borgus Weems")

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hostile Witness1968as R. Milland
Panic in Year Zero!1962
The Dick Powell Theatre1961TV Series 1 episode
Thriller1961TV Series 1 episode
Goodyear Theatre1959TV Series 1 episode
General Electric Theater1956-1958TV Series 6 episodes
Suspicion1958TV Series 1 episode
The Safecracker1958
Schlitz Playhouse1957TV Series 1 episode
The Ford Television Theatre1956TV Series 1 episode
Lisbon1956as R. Milland
A Man Alone1955as R. Milland

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Let's Do It Again1953performer: "Anyone But You", "These Are the Things I Remember"
Variety Girl1947"HARMONY"
The Uninvited1944performer: "Stella by Starlight" - uncredited

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lisbon1956associate producer - as R.A. Milland

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
All-Star Party for 'Dutch' Reagan1985TV SpecialHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1974-1978TV SeriesHimself - Actor / Himself
This Is Your Life1975TV Series documentaryHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1971-1972TV SeriesHimself
Mantrap1971TV SeriesHimself
Cinema1971TV Series documentaryHimself
Bracken's World1970TV SeriesHimself (Cameo Appearance)
The Jackie Gleason Show1969TV SeriesHimself - Cameo Appearance
Dee Time1967TV SeriesHimself
The Face Is Familiar1966TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 20th Annual Tony Awards1966TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Lead Actress in a Musical
The Ed Sullivan Show1966TV SeriesSimon Crawford
What's My Line?1954-1965TV SeriesHimself - Mystery Guest / Himself - Guest Panelist
The 34th Annual Academy Awards1962TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
Here's Hollywood1962TV SeriesHimself
Celebrity Golf1961TV SeriesHimself
The Colgate Comedy Hour1955TV SeriesHimself - Actor
The 25th Annual Academy Awards1953TV SpecialHimself - Co-Presenter: Short Subject Awards
The Actor's Society Benefit Gala1949TV MovieHimself - Performer
To Each His Own1946Himself - Trailer Narrator (uncredited)

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Welcome to the Basement2013-2016TV SeriesDon Birnam / Himself / Tony Wendice / ...
Hollywood contra Franco2008DocumentaryTom Martin
Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project2007DocumentaryDr. James Xavier
Billy Wilder Speaks2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
Hollywood Couples2006TV Series documentaryHimself
Hitchcock and Dial M2004Video documentary shortTony Wendice (uncredited)
Glen Larson on the Creation of 'Battlestar Galactica'2004Video documentary shortSire Uri (uncredited)
Intimate Portrait2002TV Series documentaryHimself
Pulp Cinema2001Video documentaryHimself
Hollywood Remembers2000TV Series documentary
Biography1998TV Series documentary
The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender1997DocumentaryHimself
Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey1993DocumentaryActor in 'The Lost Weekend' Clip (uncredited)
Roseanne1990TV SeriesDon Birnam
Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid1982Sam Hastings (in 'Lost Weekend')
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1980TV SeriesAristotle Bolt
The Love Goddesses1965DocumentaryHimself
The Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Story1951Documentary
The Cinematographer1951Documentary shortHimself - film clip from 'Night Unto Morning' (uncredited)
The Art Director1949Documentary shortHimself - edited from 'The Big Clock' (uncredited)

Awards

Won Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 1621 Vine Street.
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameTelevisionOn 8 February 1960. At 1634 Vine Street.
1946OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Leading RoleThe Lost Weekend (1945)
1946Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest ActorThe Lost Weekend (1945)
1946Best ActorCannes Film FestivalThe Lost Weekend (1945)
1946NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActorThe Lost Weekend (1945)
1945NBR AwardNational Board of Review, USABest ActorThe Lost Weekend (1945)

Nominated Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
1976Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesRich Man, Poor Man (1976)
1953Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor - DramaThe Thief (1952)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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