Did You Know?
(MOVIE TRIVIA AND STORIES OLD AND NEW)
One thing there is no shortage of in Hollywood, (or in the movies in general), is information about the making of the films and of the people who appear in them. This section of our site will be devoted to snippets of interesting items pertaining to the cinema and all those people who contribute to the production of the entertainment we see on our screens. Enjoy.
Kate and Barrymore in A Bill of Divorcement (1932) Kate Hepburn made her movie debut in the 1932 drama A Bill of Divorcement, in which the aging John Barrymore played her mentally unbalanced father. Known as ‘The Great Profile’, he invited her to his dressing-room where he promptly stripped naked and suggested the two of them ‘get on with it.’ Kate admitted that he seduced her, ‘but [...]
Jennifer Jones (1919 – 2009) On November 9, 1967 the 48 year-old Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Jones booked into a motel near Malibu Beach, swallowed a large quantity of Seconal and was discovered unconscious at the foot of a 400 foot cliff. The press tried to make something of the fact that Charles Bickford, her elderly [...]
HARRY JAMES (1916-83) Harry James was a very good trumpet-player and a successful bandleader. He was also a bona fide skirt-chaser all his life and wound up marrying America’s number one pin-up girl of the entire Second World War – Betty Grable. Harry carried around an ego the size of the Grand Canyon and it caused him [...]
Joanne Dru (1922 – 96) Joanne Dru was born in Logan, West Virginia in 1922 with the unfortunate name of Joanne Letitia LaCock. She started out in some important productions, but her sojourn near the top was short-lived and by the fifties she was taking whatever offers came her way. After landing a spot in an Al Jolson [...]
BERGMAN, Ingrid (1915-82) Joseph Mankiewicz had this to say about Ingrid Bergman. ‘Even when she learned about Spencer Tracy’s involvement with Kate Hepburn, she was still crazy about him. Don’t forget, she was there before Kate came onto the scene. Bergman was a stunningly beautiful creature. I [...]
Johnny Stompanato & Lana Turner 1957 Hoodlum Johnny Stompanato was intimately involved with actress Lana Turner at the time of his death on April 4, 1958 in Los Angeles. There has been argument and speculation about how he met his end since that day. One school of thought has Lana’s 14 year-old daughter Cheryl Crane killing him (justifiable homicide). The other has [...]
Rory Calhoun (1922-99) The star of 80 movies, mostly westerns, and over 1,000 TV episodes, 6’4” Rory Calhoun made the most of a life that began badly, especially in his teenage years. At 13 he cut classes and stole a revolver that landed him in reform school. He soon absconded from there and shortly afterwards robbed several jewelry stores. [...]
FAITH DOMERGUE (1924 – 99) Cult of the Cobra (1955) Faith Domergue’s name has become synonymous with Howard Hughes and his ‘stable’ of starlets that existed in the forties and fifties. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1924, Faith was adopted at six weeks by Leo and Adabelle Domergue who kept her [...]
The third and final segment regarding ‘Katharine the Great’, the controversial Darwin Porter biography of Katherine Hepburn. Eleanor Roosevelt *Eleanor Roosevelt had a heavy crush on Kate although it was not reciprocated. In the early 1940s the First Lady wrote her many passionate letters, but it was a one-way love affair. In 1948 there was serious talk that Eleanor might run for the [...]
Part 2 contains more of the revelations to be found in the Darwin Porter best seller ‘Katharine the Great’, his biography of Katharine Hepburn. Below are more random statements about the private lives of Miss Hepburn (and others). Judge for yourself how much you believe or do not believe. Ernest Hemingway *Kate took her ship-board romance with legendary writer Ernest Hemingway [...]