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Robert Evans: Stroke of Genius

Robert Evans once arranged a dinner party for director Wes Craven. Just as he was welcoming Craven (the dark genius behind such ghoulish films as Nightmare on Elm Street) into his home, Evans had a stroke; the next moment found him writhing on the floor before his startled guests. An ambulance was called...

As attendants were hauling Evans out of the room on a stretcher, he turned to Craven and company to deliver a classic parting shot: "I promised you an unforgettable evening, didn't I!?"

["I scared the shit," Evans later remarked, "out of the King of Scream."]

["In all the years I have known him," producer David Brown once remarked, "Evans has never personally answered his telephone. Even in the middle of the night, the phone is always answered by an English-accented butler." Among his other staffers: a personal secretary, a tennis coach -- and a numerologist. (Evans is said to have been the model for Dustin Hoffman's role as a producer in the 1997 film Wag the Dog.)]

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