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    (1943- )
    Born in Los Angeles, California
    Group of journalists from outside North America who cover film and entertainment
    Approximately 85 members
    Best known for creating the Golden Globe Awards
    They accept freelance stringers as members but do not have representatives from such respected publications as The Times of London and Le Monde of Paris.
    Any single current member can blackball a prospective member making it difficult to join.
    The Globes generally have the reputation of being Oscar's tackier cousin.
    NBC stopped broadcasting the Globes for a decade following an FCC investigation into charges that winners who refused to attend the ceremony were passed over and a new winner chosen (1968).
    They gave Pia Zadora a 'New Star of the Year' Golden Globe shortly after her wealthy husband treated many of the HFPA members to a lavish junket to Las Vegas (1982).
    The Writers Guild strike forced them to cancel the Golden Globes ceremony and announce winners at a press conference (2008).
    The Globes were handed out by journalists until Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr. took the stage mid-way through the ceremony and took over the presentation (1958).
    The Rat Packers were such a hit, they were invited to be official presenters the next year.
    They serve dinner and drinks during the Golden Globes ceremony, making the event enjoyable for attendees.
    In the wake of the Pia Zadora controversy, they initiated several reforms.
    For example, they monitor screenings to make sure members actually watch the nominees before voting, which is more than the group behind the Oscars does.

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