Cheeta's Star Shines Brightly at 74
RENEE MONTAGNE, host:
Hollywood has been good to its most famous chimp. Cheeta, who became a star in the Tarzan movies of the 1930s and '40s, has celebrated his 74th birthday at a retirement home in Palm Springs. That makes him the oldest chimp in the world, almost twice the life expectancy of a chimp in the wild. Graying, but still with all his teeth, Cheeta also got his first-ever award: the comedy prize from a Spanish film festival.
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