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December 20, 2009 | 12:00 pm

Dec. 20, 1957, Hedda Hopper

Dec. 20, 1957: (While Miss Hopper is away, column is being compiled by her staff). Preston Sturges is in Paris writing a screenplay on the most fabulous swindler of our era, F. Donald Coster. Story is based on New Yorker articles "The Metamorphosis of Philip Musica." This East Side barber's son changed his name, became owner of a vast drug chain during prohibition, got away with millions. Scandal rocked the nation in the '30s.