26. He wrote a fantasy movie about an evil piano teacher, “The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T.,” released in 1953.
27. His first wife, Helen, who was in frail health, committed suicide after Geisel had an affair with a friend’s wife, Audrey Dimond — who was to become the second Mrs. Geisel.
28. He has a star on Hollywood Boulevard’s Walk of Fame in recognition of the fact that his stories have inspired three feature films and 11 TV specials.
29. His license plate read “GRINCH,” a reference to one of his most famous books, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!”
30. He was a heavy smoker until the early 1980s and died of oral cancer — though not until 1991, when he was 87.
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