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Sept. 11 Dinner at Mankiewicz's house. Mankiewicz was drunk again. Had a fine porterhouse with those wonderful New England potatoes on the side. Can't say much for the wine, but Rita drank enough of it.

Sept. 23 Rita appears bored. Complains I work too much. I told her Citizen Kane is going to be very important. "As important as our love?" she said. I hate when she sounds like a cheap novel. It's exactly the kind of remark Susan, Kane's second wife, would make. Will suggest Mankiewicz work it into the screenplay.

Sept. 25 Ran into Cary Grant and Randolph Scott on the lot. I've heard the rumors, we all have, but Rita doesn't buy it. I think she has a crush on Cary Grant. Must spend more time with her.

Oct. 7 Mankiewicz arranged a little party. The steaks were overdone. I complained to Joseph Cotten, and the little ham told me I eat too much. Can you imagine? I told Joseph he should spend more time worrying about his performance on the set and less time worrying about my performance at the table. For some reason, Mankiewicz's wife thought that was hilarious. Laughed herself silly, while poor Joe, her husband, just scowled into his wine. I wonder if the Mankiewiczes are truly happy. But then, what is happiness? Should work that question into Kane.

Oct. 11 RKO is stalling on the budget. Mankiewicz is stalling on the script. Think he's afraid of offending his good friend, Citizen Randolph Hearst. No more free dinners at Randy's shack after the picture comes out. I may have to finish the screenplay myself.

Oct. 24 Rita mad with boredom. Told her to take Frank up on his offer, and stay at the Sinatra guest house for the weekend. What harm could there be in that? Oh, I know the little crooner seems to have "feelings" for her, but really, can you picture any woman falling for a pockmarked bantamweight like Sinatra? Certainly not my Rita. Nothing to worry about there. What I am worried about is this script. No progress since September. Not a word. Fortunately I still have this website, and 22,000 loyal readers a day.

Nov. 3 Ran into Hitchcock in the RKO Chatroom. I've been following his site for years. We all have. Think he feels threatened by all the publicity citzenkane.com has been getting. Well, good. Let the Buddha of British Cinema sweat. Told him I've always admired his work, particularly the webcast he did for 39steps.com. Might as well butter him up. I hear his wife Alma is a sensational cook, and Hitch keeps a fine wine cellar. Like to go out there and see for myself.

Nov. 21 Too depressed to update this site for weeks now. I think Rita may have "feelings" for Sinatra. Maybe more than "feelings." Asked Joseph Cotten what he thought, then bit his head off when he told me.

Dec. 3 Have decided to scrap entire Kane script, along with the premise. Demanded Mankiewicz work up a treatment based on this diary. He said Kane's life had more drama. I said, you want drama? 30,000 hits a day, boychick. He hates it when I call him boychick.

Jan. 11 Wa-hoo! We've left RKO and are in content development talks with Zap.com. The Zap braintrust agrees we should scrap the whole Kane business, convert it to citizenwelles.com, and turn it into a combination edutainment-infotainment portal. With this site's traffic, it's a natural. Scient has agreed to do the backend, and some of the brighter lights from Razorfish are working up a Shockwave game based on the Welles-Hayworth-Sinatra love triangle. In the days to come, these pages will be filled with exciting contests, .40 cpm ad banners, and plenty of salty personal anecdotes from yours truly. Watch this space, boys and girls!

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