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30 Things You Didn’t Know About Dr. Seuss

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26. He wrote a fantasy movie about an evil piano teacher, “The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T.,” released in 1953.

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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.

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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.

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29. His license plate read “GRINCH,” a reference to one of his most famous books, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!”

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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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