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Peter Allen
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    (February 10, 1944-June 18, 1992)
    Birth name was Peter Allen Woolnough
    Wrote 'I Honestly Love You,' 'Don't Cry Out Loud' and 'I Go To Rio'
    Recorded 'Tenterfield Saddler' (1972), 'Continental American' (1974), 'Taught by Experts' (1976), 'I Could Have Been a Sailor' (1979), 'Bi-Coastal' (1980), 'Not the Boy Next Door' (1983) and 'Making Every Moment Count' (1990) Oscar winner in 1981 for 'Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)'
    Judy Garland discovered him.
    He married Liza Minnelli, even though he was gay.
    He performed in black face at Radio City Music Hall in 1982.
    He hosted a revival of 'Name That Tune.'
    Critics savaged his 1988 Broadway musical, 'Legs Diamond.'
    He was a better songwriter than singer.
    He underwent 'scalp reduction.'
    When Peter was 14, his father killed himself.
    He was the first man to dance with the Rockettes at Radio City.
    His song 'I Still Call Australia Home' is considered an unofficial national anthem in his homeland.
    At the last performance of 'Legs Diamond,' he thanked everyone, saying 'I guess I'm not going to be able to do this at the Tonys.'
    Hugh Jackman will play him in 'The Boy From Oz,' scheduled to open on Broadway in 2003.
    His death helped raise AIDS awareness.
    He was an all-around entertainer, who could sing, dance and tell jokes.

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