(From the 12/13 New Yorker.)

 “No one showboats anymore,” Elia Kazan told Warner Bros. executives in 1956, when he was in the process of erecting a Times Square billboard the size of the Statue of Liberty to advertise his latest film, “Baby Doll.” (The painted sign, which featured Carroll Baker as a thumb-sucking Southern woman-child sprawled across a crib, was then the largest in the world.) “Trust my instinct,” Kazan added. “I’m known as the Greek Barnum.”

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