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William R. Wilkerson

Born: Sep 29, 1890

Death: Sep 2, 1962

Birthplace: Nashville

Nationality: United States

William R. Wilkerson

Date of Birth : Sep 29, 1890
Date of Death : Sep 2, 1962
Birth Place : Nashville

William Richard "Billy" Wilkerson was the founder of the Hollywood Reporter, the Flamingo Hotel and owner of such nightclubs as Ciro's. He was also responsible for discovering actress Lana Turner across the street from Hollywood High School. In 1946 he began a series of columns in the Hollywood Reporter, listing suspected Communist sympathizers; "Billy's List" provided the foundation for what became the Hollywood blacklist.

Also known as

  • William Wilkerson


  • Billie Seward
  • Tichi Wilkerson Kassel
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