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"Did You Hear What Happened to Charlotte King?" is the seventh episode of the fourth season of the American television medical drama Private Practice, which aired on ABC from September 26, 2007, to January 22, 2013. Written by Shonda Rhimes and directed by Allison Liddi-Brown, the episode deals with the immediate aftermath of the rape of Dr. Charlotte King, portrayed by KaDee Strickland. Developed in collaboration with the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, the episode focused on Strickland's character and a realistic portrayal of her reactions and recovery. It was cited at the 2011 Television Academy Honors for exemplifying "Television with a Conscience", and earned Rhimes the 2011 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series. It was well received by critics, who praised Strickland's character and performance. The initial broadcast in November 2010 was viewed by 10.18 million people, and received a 3.9/11 Nielsen rating/share in the 18–49 demographic. (Full article...)

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  • ... that Ben Barton (pictured) was able to cheaply purchase a large amount of land in what would become Redlands, California, due to Brigham Young's recall of the Mormon outpost there?
  • ... that the iPhone 7 was criticized for not featuring a headphone jack?
  • ... that a few months after having her right leg amputated, Judith Hamer trekked across the Andes for a reality television show?
  • ... that peppersoup is considered a delicacy in Western Africa, where some believe it has medicinal qualities?
  • ... that Lies Noor originally intended her film career to launch a career in social work?
  • ... that Snowbound was the first American horse to win individual gold in the Olympics?
  • ... that at an average speed of 4 mph (6.4 km/h), the M23 bus won the "Pokey Award" twice for being New York City's slowest bus route?

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Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks

American actor and producer Tom Hanks has had an extensive career in films, television and on the stage. Hanks made his professional acting debut on the stage playing Grumio, in the Great Lakes Theater production of The Taming of the Shrew (1977). He made his film debut with a minor role in the horror film He Knows You're Alone (1980). In the same year, Hanks appeared in the television series Bosom Buddies. His role in the show led to guest appearances on a variety of long running television shows. In 1993, he played the role of a gay lawyer suffering from AIDS, fighting discrimination in his law firm in the drama Philadelphia. For his performance, Hanks earned his first Academy Award for Best Actor. For his next film, the romantic comedy-drama Forrest Gump (1994), he received a consecutive second Academy Award for Best Actor which made Hanks the first actor since Spencer Tracy in 1938 to achieve this feat. Hanks made his debut as a director and screenwriter in the 1996 musical comedy That Thing You Do! At the age of 45, he became the youngest person to receive the lifetime achievement award from the American Film Institute in 2002. (Full list...)

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Daniel in the Lions' Den

Daniel in the Lions' Den is a 1615 painting by the Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens, now in the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. Based on Daniel 6:1–28, it depicts the Biblical figure Daniel trapped in a den of lions by King Darius the Mede. Rubens modelled the lions on a Moroccan species, examples of which were then in the Spanish governor's menagerie in Brussels.

Painting: Peter Paul Rubens

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