Twenty-five years ago, Orson Welles (May 6, 1915 – October 10, 1985) passed away. He hit the trifecta of being a genius actor, writer, and director and his innovations changed the way movies were made.
The well-known story goes as follows: Orson was scheduled to be a guest on Merv Griffin's talk show on October 10th. In any interviews with anyone, Orson always stipulated that there were to be no questions about his past. Before this particular interview, he went into Merv's dressing room and said he could ask him any questions he wanted. Any questions at all.
Two hours after the interview, Orson died at home at his typewriter.
Here is the interview in two parts:
The New York Times obituary (click for a text version):