amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "historyofwrestling-20"; She had worked out a deal where she owned the NWA Women’s Championship title and booked it herself … Black History Moments During the match, the Spider Lady broke from the script and pinned Wendi’s shoulders to the mat. Moolah had took so many female wrestlers to take the champion from Wendi Ricther, but it failed. WWE called it the “Fabulous Moolah Memorial Battle Royal,” but soon changed the name after receiving a great deal of backlash from fans and certain media outlets. I hugged her and thanked her and her family for taking care of and loving Moolah all these years. Finally, on July 7, 1987, the Fabulous Moolah was rolled up for a pin by Sherri Martel, ending her association with the Women’s World championship. Black Inventors Online Museum Moolah told her: “The nicer you are to him, the bigger your pay day will be. Historia. After her loss, Moolah went into retirement for several years. In truth, she'd dropped the belt for brief spells to a number of her girls. A lot of women paid to train at her school and then went out on the road. It was an environment ripe for abuse.” Debbie Johnson, another trainee, said that in addition to taking 30% of her booking fee, Moolah would also deduct travel expenses, food, rent, and utilities before paying her, thus keeping her in a state of indentured servitude for years. The Fabulous Moolah became the latest controversial subject of lionization as, during Monday's broadcast of Raw, WWE announced that the first-ever Fabulous Moolah … Wwe. Daughter. She was briefly married at age fourteen and got her start wrestling for famed women's wrestling promoter Billy Wolfe. In an interview with Slam Wrestling, Mjoseth described Moolah as ‘an evil person’. No.”. Though the real training grunt work was left to her more established girls at the compound, Moolah's style was handed down. Going to work for promoter Jack Pfefer, Ellison became ‘Slave Girl Moolah’ – a leopard print-clad valet to Buddy Rogers (the first ever WWE Champion) and later Elephant Boy. The story said: “On the road, Susie Mae received odd knocks on the door at strange hours. With the powerful Bowser as one of her clients, she was soon being contacted by other bookers around the country who were looking for lady wrestlers. Daughter of the Fabulous Moolah, Mary Carroll, brought charges of neglect against her mother for forcing her to wrestle while ill as a young teenager. amzn_assoc_linkid = "ca4293cda9093390ebbeefb2f538464d"; amzn_assoc_asins = "1770413073,0060012587,1454931205,B0073Z16IK,B0016HLI7A,B01GUPBQCE"; These allegations and incidents have left a bad taste in the mouth of female wrestlers over the years who believe that Moolah abused her power, stole from her employees and throttled the careers of women for years. She had never once drugged any of us, I've heard that. Dottie Downs passed away January 8, 2015. Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith. amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "manual"; Her trainees lived there, paying up to $300 rent per month on top of a percentage of their bookings. Kai said: “In the long run, these things are down right lies that I've heard so far. Many felt that while Moolah detested the actions of Billy Wolfe early in her career, she, ironically, often subjected the women in her own troupe to much of the same and, sometimes, even worse. On November 25, 1985, she was scheduled to face a mystery opponent named “The Spider Lady” at Madison Square Garden. Regrettably, in recent years the complaints against Moolah have become far darker. Meanwhile, her run with The Elephant Boy, while successful, oftentimes became dangerous, especially in the South, where many in the audience believed, erroneously, that the “slave girl” was subserviently accompanying a black man to the ring. And, for nearly 28 consecutive years, Moolah held the Women’s World championship with an iron-clad grip, experiencing only a few brief periods without the title. Biography Biography Timeline. In 2002, the late Luna Vachon – an on-off star in Nineties WWE – made accusations against Moolah. The Top Ten in All Areas of Pro Wrestling, The Longest Running Pro Wrestling Columnist, Dave Meltzer, Mike Mooneyham, Steve Yohe, Tim Hornbaker, Greg Oliver, Bill Apter, Karl Stern, Scott Teal, wrestlingclassics.com, wwe.com, kayfabememories.com, wrestling-titles.com, The Lapsed Fan podcast, 6:05 Superpodcast, Great Black Heroes Victoria said: “What they have done to her legacy is crap. Additionally, The Fabulous Moolah began working exclusively for the World Wrestling Federation, with Moolah continuing to be recognized as the Women’s champion. "She was famous, but I never looked at her that way," daughter Mary Austin, 66, … She could make a career or break one. amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; People also love these ideas . Meanwhile, Moolah was still focused on building her own career as a professional wrestler. The losses kept mounting and she saw that her career was not going to advance as long as she was working for Wolfe. Bad Fads Museum They risked life and limb in their matches and she repaid them with the worst kinds of abuses. The history of Moolah's control over women's wrestling is certainly murky and cut throat. Constantinos. But Moolah still manipulated the division. She also made claims that Moolah was a pimp. Moolah’s efforts, along with heavy lobbying on the part of Vincent J. McMahon, eventually succeeded in getting the law overturned in June of 1972 and on July 1, 1972, The Fabulous Moolah and Vicki Williams became the first women allowed to wrestle at The Garden. Even so, I knew I had to deal with him, at least at first, to realize my dream.”. While her daughter was a blessing, her marriage, not surprisingly, fell apart not long after the birth of Mary. Small amounts of money would be sent back – coming directly from Moolah and Buddy Lee. Mary Lillian Ellison was born in 1923 in Kershaw County, South Carolina, and grew up in Tookiedoo, 12 miles from Columbia. In 1995, Moolah was the first woman entered into the WWE Hall of Fame. Victoria said: “Did Moolah pimp us out? She deserves to be honored for eternity.”. The Fabulous Moolah. Dottie Downs and her daughter Debbie Johnson, may be the only mother and daughter to train and wrestle for The Fabulous Moolah at the same time. She held a tight stranglehold over women’s wrestling and took a sizable cut of her girls’ earnings. When McMahon decided to ditch Richter, he devised ‘the original screw jon’ with Moolah. Fabulous Moolah her daughter Mary Austin, Mary's daughter Karyn, and today's Birthday Girl and … But she did do some things that were highly questionable.”, Watch keeper ALISSON score incredible 95th-minute winner for Reds, Fury confirms Joshua fight is ON for August 14 after call with Saudi Prince, Plans for crowds at Euro games in UK in jeopardy over Indian coronavirus variant, Horror moment Mohoric's bike snaps in two as he crashes HEAD FIRST into road, ©News Group Newspapers Limited in England No. The Fabulous Moolah tugs at the hair of Joyce Gable and brings the latter to the canvas. A New York Times reviewer said: “The crowd did not take to the women and it remained subdued compared with the frenzied state of crowds at men's wrestling shows.”. But many others have denied the more serious allegations. Her parents owned a farm, a grocery store, and a service station. amzn_assoc_design = "text_links"; The world of wrestling they found themselves involved in was quite different than their experiences in the past, as most of the women on the WWF’s roster were fitness models, often engaging in mud wrestling or Bra & Panties matches. You cannot take Moolah out of the women’s wrestling history and explain how it got from A to B. Her autobiography, "The Fabulous Moolah: First Goddess of the Squared Circle," was published in 2003. This service is provided on News Group Newspapers' Limited's Standard Terms and Conditions in accordance with our Privacy & Cookie Policy. When Jack Pfefer asked her why she wanted to wrestle, she replied: “For the money! Understandably distraught over the loss of her mother, Lillian would find solace whenever her father took her to see the local wrestling matches. According to the story, based on accounts from McCoy’s children, McCoy was forbidden from having her own bank account and she barely saw her children while she was on the road. The daughter of Vincent Kennedy McMahon later sat reverently at graveside as the last mourners filed by to pay their final respects. To inquire about a licence to reproduce material, visit our Syndication site. A backlash from fans and – perhaps more importantly – WrestleMania sponsor Snickers, WWE swiftly dropped Moolah’s name from the match. The Fabulous Moolah was born Mary Lillian Ellison on July 22, 1923 in Kershaw County, South Carolina, the youngest of five children. THE FABULOUS MOOLAH: The Dark Side of the Monopoly Photo: PWI . Moolah would later reconnect with her daughter, who she then forced into wrestling. Luna also claimed her aunt Vivian Vachon – who also trained there – had seen Moolah drinking heavily and having sex with her trainees. In 2006, a story was published in the Columbia Free Press, detailing hardships and abuse McCoy suffered on the road. A crowd of 19,512 were on hand for the historic event, witnessing Moolah defeat Williams in just over six minutes. After Vincent K. McMahon bought the World Wrestling Federation from his father and began his national expansion in 1983, he also purchased rights to Moolah’s NWA Women’s championship, renaming it the WWF Women’s title. When Ellison began a romantic relationship with wrestler Buddy Lee, the two moved to Columbia, South Carolina with the intention of starting a school to train female wrestlers. Her last attempt to regained the title work when her representative, name Leilani Kai won the title. While the in-ring action provided by the male wrestlers was always exciting, it was the legendary Mildred Burke who became the young Ellison’s favorite and she was taken aback by the spectacle and mystique of women’s wrestling. Her family believed it was an effort to control her. “That wasn’t hard,” she replied. In one incident, McCoy … She was a fantastic worker. Although Wendi regained her title a month later at the first Wrestlemania and had established herself as one of the WWF’s biggest superstars, male or female, Richter’s relationship with the promotion soured. Mjoseth said: “The girls went into debt to her and she controlled their lives. Appearing in the program to present opposing points of view are Moolah's daughter Mary Austin, promoter and booker Jim Cornette, former wrestlers Wendi Richter and 'Princess' Victoria Otis, and the son and daughter of former wrestler Sweet Georgia Brown, one of Moolah's proteges. Although she began working with Vince McMahon, Sr. during the mid-1950s, Moolah was never able to appear in McMahon’s biggest arena, Madison Square Garden, due to a longstanding ban on women’s wrestling in that state. With Cyndi Lauper in her corner, Richter beat Moolah for the title at The Brawl to End It All on July 23, 1984. Regardless of the changes in wrestling, their humorous semi-frequent appearances kept Moolah and Mae Young relevant in the minds of fans. Despite these losses, Moolah (as well as her employers and the wrestling media) maintained that she had gone undefeated since 1956. But in the years since her death, accusations have mounted against Moolah’s legacy – from taking financial advantage of her trainees to horrific sex abuse. “The Fabulous Moolah was a real-life heel. And you could really use a pay day.”. Some critics have also accused Moolah of holding back the business and development of women’s wrestling in the US. Pfefer gave Ellison the moniker “Slave Girl Moolah” and assigned her the role of a valet to male wrestlers, including Buddy Rogers and The Elephant Boy (Tony Olivas). Professional Wrestling Online Museum, © Copyright 2020 Adscape International, LLC - All Rights Reserved, Dr. George Zahorian Convicted Of Selling Steroids To WWF Wrestlers. To see all content on The Sun, please use the Site Map. History of Spies She skimmed their money, she ignored women who were badly hurt, she pimped women out to creepy men and on and on. Wrestler Mad Maxine said that because the wrestlers had to pay training fees, plus inflated rent and utilities to Moolah, many of them became so indebted to their employer that “she controlled their lives. The Fabulous Moolah, part of an era that included such greats as June Byers and Judy Grable, transcended that period of wrestling and was able to adapt to a different generation – the Rock ‘N Rasslin’ boom that catapulted Vince McMahon’s World Wrestling Federation to instant success during the mid-’80s. In one incident, McCoy returned home to her children but was dragged back into a car by a white couple, as if held against her will. The Fabulous Moolah was born Mary Lillian Ellison on July 22, 1923 in Kershaw County, South Carolina, the youngest of five children. That’s utter bullsh*t.”, In 2018, WWE announced that it would hold a Women’s Battle Royal to WrestleMania 34, providing an opportunity for young female performers, most of whom were independent wrestlers, to showcase their skills on wrestling’s biggest wrestling stage. Known as "Fabulous Moolah", she was the longest reigning Women's Champion in sports-entertainment history. Tragically, her mother died when Lillian was only 8 years old and she was left in the care of her paternal grandmother. Pat Laprade and Dan Murphy wrote: “In many ways, Moolah was women’s wrestling’s version of Don Corleone… and her tactics could be just as ruthless and cutthroat as those of ‘the Godfather.’”. For so long she held it back… finally it started to bloom and she killed it.”. Tragically, her mother died when Lillian was only 8 years old and she was left in the care of her paternal grandmother. They wrote: “Respected by her allies and feared by her enemies, Ellison was a master politician and a shrewd, calculating businesswoman.”. The Fabulous Moolah has been listed as one of the Sports and recreation good articles under the good article criteria. You can’t erase history. Leilani Kai – a former WWE women’s champ herself – has spoken up for Moolah, despite past personal and financial issues between them. Notable ‘Moolah Girls’ include Rita Cortez, Ann Casey, Judy Grable, Vivian Vachon, Bette Boucher, Susan Green, Princess Victoria, Wendi Richter, and Leilani Kai. Furthermore, there were complaints that Moolah kept an unfair portion of their income and forced them to live on her property, paying her an inflated rent. As per our current Database, The Fabulous Moolah died on Nov 2, 2007 (age 84). Photo: Getty With a decades-long tradition of obscuring backstage realities in favor of building mythic legends, the pro-wrestling industry continues to grapple with the alleged shady behavior of some of its more iconic stars. Physique. Also present at the panel were Judy Martin and Joyce Grable, who defended Moolah. Moolah would ask the girls if they wanted to pose but they weren't forced and there was nothing sexual – and Luna was in her 20s at the time, not 16. On November 25, 1985, Richter faced the masked Spider Lady. In 1976, Sue Green, after receiving a stiff blow to the face by Moolah, was alleged to have shot on the champion, placing her in a submission hold. Before Becoming The Fabulous Moolah Lillian Ellison was the youngest of 13 children and the only daughter. Employing an “anything goes” attitude, Moolah established herself as the premier female wrestler in the country and the most despised heel in women’s wrestling. She was just a bad person. When Maryetta was an infant, Moolah left her with a friend and, at age 15, went out to pursue a career in wrestling. Before long, anybody who dared to even Google the word ‘Moolah’ was inundated with reports that directly contradicted the WWE-supported notion of the Fabulous Moolah being a trailblazer for women’s wrestling.” Additionally, in the book Sisterhood of the Squared: The History and Rise of Women’s Wrestling, authors Pat Laprade and Dan Murphy wrote, “Moolah would end up controlling women’s wrestling for three decades, and she wielded considerable political power. 679215 Registered office: 1 London Bridge Street, London, SE1 9GF. Additionally, at 3,651 days, she holds the record for the longest continuous reign by any female World champion, a record that will likely never be broken. 1923. For instance, she dropped the belt to Bette Boucher on September 17, 1966 in Seattle, Washington, only to regain the championship on October 3, 1966. Moolah caught Richter in a small package and the referee counted three – even though Richter’s shoulders were up. When pop star Cyndi Lauper teamed up with former Moolah student Wendi Richter to battle the longtime champion in a program that became known as “Rock ‘n’ Wrestling Connection,” women’s wrestling suddenly became one of the biggest draws in the WWF On July 23, 1984, in a match that was broadcast live on MTV, Richter pinned Moolah in the main event of “The Brawl to End It All.” The event was historic not only because it marked the end of Moolah’s long reign but also because it became MTV’s highest rated broadcast up to that point in time. "The Sun", "Sun", "Sun Online" are registered trademarks or trade names of News Group Newspapers Limited. In many ways, Moolah was women’s wrestling’s version of Don Corleone… and her tactics could be just as ruthless and cutthroat as those of The Godfather.”. Wrestling. Under Moolah, it became secondary to the men by a significant margin. When Moolah was 14, she had her only biological daughter, Maryetta Carroll, which she named after herself. McCoy would return from the road pregnant. Nature Aesthetic. However, when she refused Wolfe’s advances Ellison recognized that she would likely not be getting a serious push from the misogynistic promoter. Born on July 22, 1923, Mary Lillian Ellison was a wrestling fan from childhood. "Then, she told Barbara, she would begin taking off her dress. She returned in 1999 as part of her Attitude Era partnership with Mae Young. Lillian “The Fabulous Moolah” Ellison passed away on November 2, 2007 at the age of 84. amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; She claimed that Moolah had sent her – when Luna was aged just 16 – to have pictures taken by an older man. Speaking on the Cauliflower Alley Club panel, Princess Victoria and the others criticised WWE's decision to remove her name from the battle royale. Finally, she lost to Evelyn Stevens on October 8, 1978 in Dallas, Texas, but regained her championship two days later in Ft. Worth. The story claimed that on the road McCoy was ‘raped, given drugs and made an addict’. Richter said: “I was angry for what she just did to women’s wrestling. Fictional Characters. Mjoseth said: “Moolah did send girls out to this guy in Arizona and pimped them out. View our online Press Pack. amzn_assoc_rows = "4"; In 1972, she wrestled the first  women’s match at Madison Square Garden against Vicki Williams. Family … Moolah first worked for Vincent J. McMahon (father of WWE owner Vince McMahon) in 1955 and won a newly-created championship on September 18, 1956. Speaking on The Dark Side of the Ring, Victoria described that Moolah forced her to take repeated bumps with the injury. But – in the wake of allegations and the Me Too movement – WWE announcing the Fabulous Moolah Battle Royal was a typically tone deaf move. The two started a company called “Girl Wrestling Enterprises” and Moolah, having learned from the best/worst in Billy Wolfe, imposed a number of rules upon the women she booked, rules designed to control her employees, including requirements about their appearance, makeup, weight and dating behavior. Former wrestler Peggy Lee Leather refuted the claim. Moolah even had one last run with the women’s championship in 1999, aged 76. Richter had no idea that it was actually Moolah under the mask. Green quickly gained a victory and the title, but dropped the belt back to Moolah several days later. nine wrestlers, including the fabulous moolah's daughter, come out against moolah allegations By Mike Johnson on 2018-03-27 13:01:00 A press release was issued to PWInsider.com this afternoon in response to allegations made againt the late Lillian "Fabulous Moolah" Ellison that led to WWE removing her name from their Wrestlemania 34 Women's Battle Royal. For ten years she defended her title against the top women in the business, even facing former champion June Byers, who came out of retirement to chase the belt. She was inspired by top female wrestler Mildred Burke and got her start under Burke’s husband and promoter Billy Wolfe. An enraged Richter, realizing she’d just been double-crossed, pulled off the Spider Lady’s mask to reveal Moolah underneath the hood. Abandoned Buildings. Over the years, many women have accused Moolah of using her position and power within the industry to keep herself on top and prevent other women from having an opportunity to wrestle for the title. She helped overturn the New York Athletic Commission’s ban on women’s wrestling. Soon, she was divorced from Carroll and, still a teenager, Ellison made the decision to follow her dream of becoming a lady wrestler. I actually spoke to him on the phone and asked him what he was looking for. The Fabulous Moolah continued her feud with Wendi Ricther. On September 18, 1956, McMahon staged a 13-woman battle royal in order to crown a new women’s champion and Moolah, who had been renamed The Fabulous Moolah by McMahon, defeated Judy Grable to become the new titleholder. They screwed Wendi Richter out of the women’s title – 12 years before McMahon did it to Bret Hart. Moolah trained women at a 40-acre compound in Columbia, South Carolina. Meanwhile, regardless of how she reached her goals, the fact remains that Moolah held the women’s World championship more times than any other female wrestler in history, with a total of eleven reigns as the women’s champion (five as NWA champion and six as the WWE titleholder). For further details of our complaints policy and to make a complaint please click this link: thesun.co.uk/editorial-complaints/, Fabulous Moolah is one of the most controversial characters in wrestling history, Attitude Era fans will remember her fun antics with Mae Young, The history books claim Fabulous Moolah was women's champion for 28 years, Moolah was accused of holding back the business and development of women’s wrestling, She and Vince McMahon concocted the 'original screwjob', Wendi Richter has publicly slammed the late Moolah, WWE were forced into a U-turn in 2018 after naming a Battle Royal in her honour, WWE legend The Rock tastes his own BLOOD after hitting himself in face with a chain in workout accident, WWE announcing the Fabulous Moolah Battle Royal was a typically tone deaf move, Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. Moolah won in a one fall contest. When Vince McMahon Jr purchased WWE in the early Eighties, Moolah sold him the championship and worked exclusively for the rapidly-growing promotion. Small amounts of money would be sent back – coming directly from Moolah and Buddy Lee. Lillian Ellison did everything she could in order to overturn the law, including making an appearance on “The Mike Douglas Show” where she hip-tossed NFL legend Rosey Grier onto his back. The history books claim Fabulous Moolah was women's champion for 28 years Credit: Getty. Ellison lost her first professional match in 1949, which took place in Boston against a very qualified June Byers. Moolah was certainly no technical wizard. He said, ‘If I’m spending all this money, you know what I want.’ That was part of Moolah’s way of making money. Some of them were really bad lies. It wasn't a hit with fans. For other inquiries, Contact Us. Victoria left the compound with just $20. Furthermore, Moolah is also the oldest female wrestler to win a World championship, capturing the WWF Women’s title by defeating Ivory on September 17, 1999 at the age of 55. She claimed to have ended her working agreement with Rogers when he began pushing her to have a sexual relationship. Stephanie McMahon-Levesque, daughter of WWE Chairman Vince McMahon, gives the eulogy during the funeral of former wrestler Mary Lillian Ellison, aka "The Fabulous Moolah" in Columbia, South Carolina, Wednesday, November 7, 2007. Moolah became a trainer and booker with her husband Buddy Lee. Speaking on Madusa’s Full Throttle podcast, Kai said she worked under Moolah for 20 years and never witnessed any of the alleged abuses. It's true that the women were soon fazed out. (Photo by Jeff Blake/The State/Tribune News Service via Getty Images) At the age of 8, her mother died of cancer at only 40. If you can improve it further, please do so. She eventually decided to leave Wolfe’s troupe and soon became involved with wrestler Johnny Long, who, in turn, introduced her to Jack Pfefer, a very controversial promoter from the turn of the century. She was best known for her hair-pulling and cat-fighting style. After this was over, something very controversial happened. November 22, 1976. In 2014, former wrestler Jeannine Mjoseth AKA ‘Mad Maxine’ made more accusations of abuse. Not long after returning home to live with her father and brothers, Lillian got married at the age of just 14 to Walter Carroll, who was 21 at the time. wires come dangerously close to making Moolah seem like some kind of saint, and from a pro wrestling point of view as some kind of legendary tough shooter. Later, once she’d opened her wrestling academy on her property in Columbia, she was alleged to have required all of the women she trained to sign one-sided contracts that, among other things, required them to pay Moolah 25% of their pay and to rent an apartment on her property. While the lighthearted book focused primarily on her years as a championship wrestler and superb businesswoman, it (somewhat understandably) steered clear of many of the darker aspects of Moolah’s career. Before Moolah – in the days of Mildred Burke and June Byers – women’s wrestling was a headline draw. Princess Victoria – real name Vickie Otis – was another of Moolah’s trainees and co-held the WWE women’s tag titles in 1984. But she owed Moolah rent – so Moolah took back expensive wrestling costumes she’d given to Victoria as gifts. Richter accused Moolah of setting back the growing women’s division. While other women were expected to sleep with Wolfe and other promoters, Ellison refused. She soon became pregnant and gave birth to a daughter, Mary, who would later wrestle as Darlin’ Pat Sherry. History. Wrestling historians Pat Laprade and Dan Murphy described Moolah’s influence in their book Sisterhood of the Squared Circle. According to the interview, the fees for rent and training at Moolah’s compound cost up to $1,500. Consequently, he never booked her as a top name. Wrestling journalist and historian Dave Meltzer said: “During the period Moolah controlled wrestling, the popularity and product didn’t evolve… Women’s wrestling under her tutelage, and I don’t know if it’s her fault, went way down.”. Moolah then went on to hold onto the belt for the next two years, except for a six-day period during which Velvet McIntyre captured the belt on tour of Australia. After a lengthy absence, she began occasionally showing up on Monday Night Raw along with Mae Young. Despite Richter kicking out before a three-count could take place, the referee awarded the championship to the Spider Lady. In Dark Side of the Ring, McCoy's son Michael questions whether his biological father is Buddy Lee. Abandoned Places. When she didn’t comply, she was beaten, often brutally.”. She was a b***h at times. Ms. Ellison wrote an autobiography, “The Fabulous Moolah: First Goddess of the Squared Circle.” A loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Mrs. Ellison will always be remembered by many close friends. 169 followers. Wrestling legend Penny Banner minced no words when she stated outright that Moolah “sent women to promoters who demanded sex, either with the promoter or his wrestlers.” Banner continued, saying, “It’s wrong to speak bad of the dead, but the comments in the mainstream press and even A.P. Mary. Moolah continued to make appearances and even wrestled on her 80th birthday. 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