Fun Facts Friday: Leon Uris

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Leon Uris (3 August, 1924 – 21 June, 2003) was an American author who is mostly known for his two historical fiction books Exodus and Trinity.

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  1. The author was born in Baltimore, MD – son of a Polish immigrant. His father, Wolf William married Anna Blumberg, a first generation Russian American.
  2. It is said that at age six Mr. Uris wrote an operetta about the death of his dog.
  3. After the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor Uris, then 17, joined the Marine Corps. He served in the South Pacific and saw combat in Guadalcanal and Tarawa.
  4. The young Marine fell ill with dengue fever and malaria. While recuperating in San Francisco he met Betty Beck, a Marine sergeant. They were married in 1945.
  5. After he got discharged, Mr. Uris worked at a newspaper while writing. His novel Battle Cry, depicting the Marines in the Pacific, was a best seller.
  6. Uris helped write the script for the movie which was a crowd favorite.
  7. In 1958 Mr. Uris published Exodus, which went on to become his best known novel.
  8. In order to finance the book, Mr. Uris sold the rights to the movie in advanced, and wrote newspaper articles about the Sinai Campaign.
  9. It is believed that Exodus took the author two years to research, and he conducted thousands of interviews.
  10. Uris passed away at his home on Shelter Island.

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