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Richard Lester Born: 01/19/1932
Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Though many assumed from his body of work that Richard Lester was British, he was actually an American citizen, born in Philadelphia, PA on Jan. 19, 1932. He was an exceptionally bright child, able to spell 250 words by the age of two, and a student at the University of Pennsylvania by the time he was 15. Though he graduated at age 19 with a degree in clinical psychology, his fancy had been captured by movies, with the comedies from Britain's Ealing Studios becoming a particular favorite. His first entertainment-related jobs were in front of the camera, where he played piano for singer Ginny Stevens on Philadelphia's CBS affiliate, WCAU. After graduating from the university in 1951, Lester b...

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