Siegel was often ruthless with associates and was known as one of the most “infamous and feared gangsters of his day”.
Described as handsome and charismatic, he became one of the first front-page-celebrity gangsters. He was also a driving force behind the development of the Las Vegas Strip.
Warren Beatty played Siegel in “Bugsy” (1991) a semi-fictional biography, which earned several Oscar nominations – including a Best Actor nod, for Beatty himself.
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That’s the Hollywood “fact-ion”.
Here’s some historical fact:
Bugsy’s Early Life
Benjamin Siegel was born in 1906 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, possibly to a poor Jewish family from Letychiv, Podolia Governorate of the Russian Empire, in modern Ukraine. Other sources state that his family came from Austria.
His parents, Max and Jennie, constantly worked for…
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