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E! True Hollywood Story is an American documentary series on the E! Entertainment Television cable and DBS channel that deals with famous Hollywood celebrities, movies, TV shows and well-known public figures. Among the topics covered on the program include salacious re-tellings of Hollywood secrets, show-biz scandals, celebrity murders and mysteries, porn-star biographies, and "where-are-they-now?" investigations of former child stars. It frequently features in-depth interviews, actual courtroom footage, and dramatic reenactments. Episodes are sometimes updated to reflect the current life or status of the subject.

E! True Hollywood Story originally started as a series of specials beginning on March 29, 1996, but evolved into a weekly biographical documentary series. The regular run as a series began in October 1996. The first True Hollywood Story focused on the murder of Rebecca Schaeffer. Episodes are either one or two hours long, depending on the topic being covered. There have been more than 500 True Hollywood Stories. The series was nominated for Emmy Awards in 2001, 2002 and 2003, and Prism Awards in 2009. On Wednesday, May 27, 2009, at 10pm Pacific time, the 500th THS episode premiered. It was a top 10 countdown of the greatest stories ever told.

Biography is a documentary television series. It was originally a half-hour filmed series produced for syndication by David Wolper from 1961 to 1964 and hosted by Mike Wallace. The A&E Network later re-ran it and has produced new episodes since 1987. The A&E series has featured biographies on such people as Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Plácido Domingo, Freddie Mercury, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Eric Clapton, Pope John Paul II, Gene Tierney, Selena, Enrico Caruso, Diego Rivera, Mao Zedong and Queen Elizabeth II, and fictional characters like The Phantom, Superman, and Santa Claus. The program ended up profiling enough figures that in 1999, A&E spun it off into an entire network, The Biography Channel.

Initially, most of the episodes featured the life stories of historical figures or present political or social leaders. After a few years, however, the show began producing episodes on figures from pop culture. This move away from purely intellectual subject matter has been criticized by some.[1] However, the original Wallace series also featured pop culture figures; in fact, the very first episode discussed the life of baseball icon Babe Ruth. In addition, the series has recently covered figures in the business and technology world, such as Sam Walton, founder of Wal-Mart, and Sergey Brin and Larry Page, founders of Google.

At one point, the show aired up to six times weekly in prime time, but cut back to only once a week, usually on Friday nights. A&E canceled Biography after August 2006, making the show exclusively available on The Biography Channel.[2] However, A&E currently continues airing the series Saturday and Sunday mornings.[3] Usually, the network has focused on people within the popular culture field for its weekend morning broadcasts, but it continues to show Biography episodes covering figures outside of the popular culture field, such as business figures J.C. Penney, Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton, Wendy's founder Dave Thomas, KFC founder Colonel Sanders, and Home Depot founders Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank, as well as journalist Meredith Vieira.