Fun Facts about Leon Uris:
- The author was born in Baltimore, MD – son of a Polish immigrant. His father, Wolf William married Anna Blumberg, a first generation Russian American.
- It is said that at age six Mr. Uris wrote an operetta about the death of his dog.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Uris helped write the script for the movie which was a crowd favorite.
- In 1958 Mr. Uris published Exodus, which went on to become his best known novel.
- In order to finance the book, Mr. Uris sold the rights to the movie in advanced, and wrote newspaper articles about the Sinai Campaign.
- It is believed that Exodus took the author two years to research, and he conducted thousands of interviews.
- Uris passed away at his home on Shelter Island.
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