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Question: What are the Perils of Pauline?

Answer: The Perils of Pauline was an early silent film serial created for the Hearst newspaper syndicate, according to The Serials by Raymond William Steadman. There were 20 episodes, which were shown in theaters in 1914.

Several serials were used to boost newspaper circulation during that decade. Each episode of Perils also appeared as a story in Hearst newspapers.

The cliffhangers made a star of Pearl Fay White, who played Pauline. She was a young woman beset by Koerner, a villain who was after her inheritance. He eventually was tossed into the ocean and Pauline married hero Harry Wilbur after renouncing her life of peril.

White seriously injured her back during the filming of one episode, which might have hastened her death at age 49 in 1938, Steadman writes. White's life was described in the 1947 film also called The Perils of Pauline.

Question: How can I contact the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

Answer: Write to the federal agency at National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health, Building 31, Room 8A52, 31 Center Drive, MSC 2540, Bethesda, MD 20892-2540.