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Video thumbnail: American Masters George Plimpton at the Helm of The Paris Review

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George Plimpton at the Helm of The Paris Review

Plimpton shaped the prestigious literary magazine with the flair of a kindly ringmaster.

George Plimpton at the Helm of The Paris Review

Video thumbnail: American Masters George Plimpton: Making a Success out of Failure

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George Plimpton: Making a Success out of Failure

Journalist George Plimpton did not show early promise when he failed at Exeter Academy.

George Plimpton: Making a Success out of Failure

Video thumbnail: American Masters George Plimpton's Famous April Fool's Day Joke

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George Plimpton's Famous April Fool's Day Joke

Plimpton's assistant was tasked with keeping his Sports Illustrated hoax going.

George Plimpton's Famous April Fool's Day Joke

Video thumbnail: American Masters Peter Matthiessen Interview About The Paris Review

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Peter Matthiessen Interview About The Paris Review

Peter Matthiessen (May 22, 1927 – April 5, 2014) co-founded The Paris Review in 1953.

Peter Matthiessen Interview About The Paris Review

Video thumbnail: American Masters Plimpton Gives Writer Jay McInerney His Debut

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Plimpton Gives Writer Jay McInerney His Debut

Plimpton published McInerney's first story ever in The Paris Review in 1982.

Plimpton Gives Writer Jay McInerney His Debut

Video thumbnail: American Masters Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself - Trailer

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Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself - Trailer

Journalist George Plimpton was a writer, Paris Review editor, amateur sportsman and more.

Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself - Trailer

Video thumbnail: American Masters Ric Burns on George Plimpton's Death

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Ric Burns on George Plimpton's Death

Documentary filmmaker Ric Burns describes the surprise of George Plimpton's death.

Ric Burns on George Plimpton's Death

Video thumbnail: American Masters Robert F. Kennedy: Friend and Admirer of George Plimpton

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Robert F. Kennedy: Friend and Admirer of George Plimpton

In this excerpt, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. recalls his father's admiration for Plimpton.

Robert F. Kennedy: Friend and Admirer of George Plimpton

Video thumbnail: American Masters Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself - Preview

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Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself - Preview

Premieres Friday, May 16, 2014 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. Check your local listings.

Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself - Preview

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