Get to Know Eugene Allen, the Inspiration Behind "The Butler"

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Love at Last

In 1942, he met his wife, Helene, at a birthday party in Washington (in the movie, Oprah Winfrey plays Gloria Gaines, a character based on Helene). They married one year later and had a son, Charles. The couple had been married 65 years before Helene passed away in 2008. (Photo: REUTERS/Jason Reed /Landov)