marks a new column for our site and will run from time to time. We
are featuring stories that have floated around Hollywood for years,
some true, others apocryphal. We hope you enjoy reading them as much
as we did compiling them.
the years, Sam Goldwyn has been credited with many remarks such as “I
read part of it all the way through,” and “If Roosevelt were
alive today he’d turn over in his grave.” How many of them Sam
actually uttered is unknown. He’s like Yogi Berra in that a lot of
sayings were attributed to him. Both men always made for good copy.
is one story about Sam that he wanted to produce a film adaptation of
the novel The Well of Loneliness. When his staff told him
the Hays Office would never approve it he asked why. They told him
the main character was a lesbian. “So what?” roared Sam, “We’ll
make her an American.”
Trumps Van Heflin
Stanwyck silently seethed when co-star Van Heflin in B.F.'s
Daughter attempted to upstage her during a monologue by rolling a
silver dollar back and forth between his fingers. When it became his
turn to deliver a long piece of dialogue he stopped still as the crew
began laughing. Looking behind him, he saw Stanwyck slowly pulling
her dress up over her head. “What are you doing?” the stunned
actor asked. “Showing them a trick a hell lot more interesting than
yours,” she shot back.
Gardner recalled the first time she met the legendary star. Spotting
her in a hotel lobby in Madrid, she walked up to Davis and introduced
herself. “Miss Davis, I’m Ava Gardner and I’m a great fan of
yours.” Bette gave her a cursory glance and shot back, “Of course
you are, my dear. Of course you are.” She then continued walking.
“Now there’s a star,” exclaimed the awed Gardner.
Bill of Divorcement (1932)
film marked the Hollywood debut of Katharine Hepburn. Co-starring
with the lecherous John Barrymore was a trial for the young actress.
Every chance he got Barrymore’s hands were roaming over Hepburn’s
anatomy. After he ruined a scene because she screamed, she turned to
him and said that he he continued to paw her she would stop acting.
Barrymore simply looked at her and said, “My dear, I wasn’t aware
that you begun.”
huge egotist, Barrymore once said, “My only regret in the theater
is that I could never sit out front and watch me.”
1920, he was said to have invited Mary Astor’s mother to have tea
on his porch while he seduced then 14-year old Mary in the living
hopeless alcoholic, in his final years on the stage Barrymore often
staggered through his performances, dead drunk and oblivious to
catcalls from the audience. During one performance he astonished the
audience by stopping in mid-sentence and relieving himself in a