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From the Archives: James Cagney, Legend of Movies, Dies at 86

From the Archives: James Cagney, Legend of Movies, Dies at 86

James Cagney, whose feisty, finger-jabbing portrayals of the big city tough guy helped create a new breed of Hollywood superstar—but won his only Oscar playing a song-and-dance man—died Easter Sunday at the farmhouse he loved in upstate New York.

He was 86 and had returned to the farm in Duchess County only last week after a brief stay at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, where he was treated for diabetes and a heart ailment.

"They said, 'You just take him home,' " said Marge Zimmerman, the actor's friend and manager, who was with him at the time of death as were her husband and Cagney's wife of 64 years, Billie.

"We were getting him...

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