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    Ray Charles Memorial Library opens in L.A.

    On what would have been his 80th birthday, Ray Charles has joined the likes of past presidents Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan with his own namesake library in Southern California.

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  • Directors Guild president Taylor Hackford said Cates embodied his organization.

    Veteran Oscar producer Gilbert Cates dead at 77 →

  • "Through his decades of service, he guided the Guild gently and charismatically and with great wisdom, and perhaps more importantly, he established what it meant to be a leader of this organization and the entertainment community," Hackford said in a statement. "He was a fierce friend, an even fiercer negotiator and somebody you always hoped was on your side but respected even if he wasn't."

    Gil Cates led with wit, charm and confidence →

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