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Tue, 17 Apr 2012 10:20:13 GMT | By Alana Horowitz and Vivian Giang, Business Insider
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Woody Allen fired Annabelle Gurwitch from his play and told her she looked 'retarded.'

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Annabelle Gurwitch is a comedic actress who has been canned more than a few times. In 2003, director Woody Allen reportedly fired her from his play saying, "What you're doing is terrible, none of it good, all of it bad, don't ever do that again. You look retarded."

In 2006, Gurwitch published a book of essays about being fired called Fired!: Tales of the Canned, Canceled, Downsized, & Dismissed. She seems to have bounced back from Woody's slight, boasting a career as the author of two books, an actress, activist, and NPR commentator.

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