Only the good die young...but that's probably because they're more likely to take lethal combinations of prescription drugs. It's hard to believe it's been three years since Anna Nicole Smith passed, and shit, we'd entirely forgotten that Ernest was dead as well (mostly because we watch his movies so dern much). For those, plus the anniversary of the most racist movie of all time, read on for This Week in Showbiz History...

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2/8/15: Birth of a Nation premieres in L.A.
• There are racist movies and racist movies (that you didn't know were racist). And then there's D.W. Griffith's pro-Klu Klux Klan monstrosity Birth of a Nation, released 95 years ago this week. The film is credited with introducing various innovative camera techniques (deep-focus, jump cuts)—as well as resurrecting the popularity of the Klan. That it made $10 million ($200) when it was released is, sadly, not surprising. Neither is the fact that in 1992 the Library of Congress selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry, or that the American Film Institute named it the #44 best film of all time in 2007.

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2/8/31: James Dean born in Marion, Indiana
• The rebel icon would've been 79 this year (you know, if he hadn't been hit head on going 60 mph...and if he'd quit smoking). Dude was famous for his whiny performance in Rebel Without a Cause; we always preferred the remix.

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2/8/74: Seth Green born in Philadelphia
• Dude is kinda easy to hate, he's done dope projects (Austin Powers, Robot Chicken, Family Guy) and he doesn't mind poking fun at himself (see above). Plus, he's really short, and dwarves are mean as shit.

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2/8/07: Anna Nicole Smith dies
• It's hard to imagine given the three ring circus of fuckery that her life descended into, but at one point Smith was hot (apparently there's this website called Google, and if you type "anna nicole smith playboy" these pictures pop up). If only she hadn't married that old dude; if only Skyscraper had gotten the Oscar push it so clearly deserved; if only her 36 double d's hadn't been seared in our minds as 10-year-olds...

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2/10/00: Jim Varney dies of lung cancer
• Rest in peace to one of the greats!

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