………New to me. In 1936 LUCILLE BALL and BRODERICK CRAWFORD were engaged. For how long I don’t know.
Both were 25 at the time. Lucille had been in 30 films, mostly in uncredited parts. Crawford’s film career didn’t start till 1937.
…….In the late 1920s, Lucille gave herself the name ‘Diane Belmont’ and got work as an in-house model in New York at the famed Hattie Carnegie shop.
……..Truth or fiction – Frank Sinatra wanted Lucille Ball for the role of ‘Mrs. Iselin’ in THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE. Director John Frankenheimer showed Frank some footage of Angela Lansbury and Frank agreed that Angela was right for the part.
Could Lucille have pulled it off? Who knows. Would she have wanted such a dramatic change, I wonder. She hadn’t done a dramatic role since the 1940s.
And of course, Lucille got the coveted title role in MAME, which really belonged to Angela Lansbury.
And Angela nailed Mrs. Iselin!
………..Love the story BETTE DAVIS tells in the book, “This ‘N That”.
Bette was flying to Australia and was invited into the cockpit to see the harbour and all:
“On cue, as I went through the door, the ‘Fasten Your Seat Belts’ sign came on and the entire plane load absolutely died laughing. It was just as if we had planned it.”
Looks like Bette has just taken off her slippers before the next scene.
It is after all “All About Eve”, so this German poster shows ‘Eve’ (Anne Baxter).
……..WHAT’S THE OCCASION?
Does anyone know why and when this photo was taken?
James Cagney and Susan Hayward are out front , and the first row has James Stewart, Greer Garson, Gregory Peck, Fredric March and William Holden.
I can see Edmond O’Brien, Paul Douglas, Gene Kelly, Walter Pidgeon and Broderick Crawford in the second row.
I can make out Jack Lemmon in the third row and maybe Danny Thomas, and that’s it.
Looking at Jack Lemmon, the date must be sometime after 1954.
Is it an awards ceremony, a charity event?
Thanks to Walter who has identified the photo from a 1956 Look Magazine.
And a few more names. Jim was right, it is Eva Marie Saint next to Walter Pidgeon. And Teresa Wright is between Fredric March and William Holden.
Stanley Kramer is to the right of Paul Douglas, and Walter is right about Walt Disney and Billy Wilder.
It’s difficult trying to read the names in the above photo. I think George Stevens and James Wong Howe may also be in the photo.
Further thanks to Bob Walker who found out that this was the 15th LOOK Movie Awards and past winners were present including Walter Wagner and Jean Hersholt.