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This book also gives us General Jack D. Ripper, which is a little over the top, but then, so is the entire book.
Played famously by Peter Sellers in the movie, Dr. Strangelove is allegedly based on Henry Kissinger.
Played brilliantly by Audrey Hepburn in the movie version, the party-girl Golightly is at the center of Capote's novella/long short story.
Played to disgusting - yet, in the end, heartbreaking - perfection by Dustin Hoffman.
Even if you know nothing about the movie, if you know one of the stars is called Ratso Rizzo, you can conjure the image up easily, and this image is a lot like Hoffman's character.
Oh, that dickens of an author. While the name resonnates well when voiced aloud - it sounds like a tight-fisted, dispeptic character (or the sound a rusty door hinge makes...) - the name is more memorable for what he stands for. Scrooge has entered into the lexicon, and is known even to those who have never heard of Dickens or his classic tale.
While many of Shakespeare's characters are better known - Hamlet, Romeo, and so on - this is a classic name that has, like Scrooge, entered the language.
De Niro's pycho character in this still-disturbing movie.