Mary Pannozza Patella (1915 - 2009)

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Mary Pannozza Patella
1915 - 2009
Danbury, Connecticut
Danbury, Connecticut
Mary Pannozza Patella was born in 1915 at Danbury, Connecticut. She is the child of Louis Pannozza and Rose Pannozza, with siblings Rocco, Gerald, Samuel, Paul, Genevieve, and Benjamin. She died in 2009 at Danbury, Connecticut at 93 years old.
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Mary Pannozza Patella passed away in 2009 at Danbury, Connecticut at 93 years of age. She was born in 1915 at Danbury, Connecticut. She is the child of Louis Pannozza and Rose Pannozza, with siblings Rocco, Gerald, Samuel, Paul, Genevieve, and Benjamin.

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In 1915, in the year that Mary Pannozza Patella was born, Audrey Munson, playing a model for a sculptor in the film "Inspiration", became the first actress to shed her clothes on screen. Fearing that banning the film would mean that censors would also have to "ban Renaissance art" the film was released, with Munson in the nude scenes and a stand-in doing the acting. (Munson had previously been "America's First Supermodel" and posed nude as the model for many famous artworks.) The film was a hit with audiences.

In 1922, Mary was only 7 years old when on December 6th, the Irish Free State, a self-governing dominion of the British Empire, was officially proclaimed. While establishing some independence for the people of Ireland, it did not create a fully independent Ireland and the fighting continued.

In 1931, she was 16 years old when on May 1st, the Empire State Building opened in New York City. At 1,454 feet (including the roof and antenna), it was the tallest building in the world until the World Trade Center's North Tower was built in 1970. (It is now the 34th tallest.) Opening at the beginning of the Great Depression, most of the offices in the Empire State Building remained unoccupied for years and the observation deck was an equal source of revenue and kept the building profitable.

In 1952, Mary was 37 years old when on July 2, Dr. Jonas E. Salk tested the first dead-virus polio vaccine on 43 children. The worst epidemic of polio had broken out that year - in the U.S. there were 58,000 cases reported. Of these, 3,145 people had died and 21,269 were left with mild to disabling paralysis.

In 1988, Mary was 73 years old when on December 16th, 1988 the popular film Rain Man was released. Featuring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise. this film brought attention to autistic savants and was based on the "megasavant" Laurence Kim Peek. The film would later go to win four Oscars including Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Director and Best Actor in a Leading Role.

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