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Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend

Susan Orlean, author of ‘The Orchid Thief’, has written a new book about Rin Tin Tin.

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Rin Tin Tin had a passion for ice cream, a wife named Nanette, and a phone number listed in the Los Angeles phone book.

The survivor of a bomb blast that killed dozens of dogs in a kennel in a small, war-torn town in France in 1918, Rin Tin Tin was rescued as a German Shepherd puppy by a lonely GI named Lee Duncan, brought back to Los Angeles after the war and then, by luck, chance or sheer talent, the dog became one of the most celebrated actors of American silent cinema, and the source, sometimes indirectly, for dozens of other dogs who would act as “Rin Tin Tin,” carrying the dog’s legacy across decades and media formats to inspire several generations of Americans.

Another tale about a very special war dog can be found here.

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