Here are seven fun stories about Hollywood:
The universal maniac
In 1999 an Australian gentleman told me about an interesting experience they had with family at Universal Studios. They were on a background tour, passing among the theme park's main attractions, the Bates Motel used in the 1960 horror classic, about a murderous young man named Norman Bates, who loved his mother too much. As the guide relayed information about how director Alfred Hitchcock took the picture, a tall man, dressed in tow and carrying a large knife, came out from behind the old set and headed for the tram. The narrator seemed to know nothing like Norman Bates, and he tightened up completely. The killer who believed he had such a convincing maniacal expression that some paying customers were scared and screaming when he raised his weapon. Then the "devilish" took off his wig and turned out to be the comic Jim Carrey; the thirty-seven-year-old star clowned around during her work break. After calming down the "victims" of calm, Jim gladly posed for pictures and signed autographs.
Longtime staff at the old Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles had many candidates for the most terribly behaved celebrity. There were the Barrymore brothers who were always trying to outdo each other; After drunken John gained a lot of looks for bringing his pet monkey to the hotel's famous Moroccan club, Coconut Grove, Lionel arrived with seven chimpanzees there. Chaos erupted when well-dressed guests chased the animals as they scrolled through the paper of Mache trees. At the time, he was the famous owner of Sid Grauman Cinema, who told Charlie Chaplin he had found a dead body in his hotel bed. Trump fled in terror as Sid pulled back the blankets, not realizing he was looking at a wax doll covered in ketchup. But it was difficult to monitor the vagrancy of actress Tallulah Bankhead, who once called the room service, answered the door in the room, and told the bell boy that she had no advice; she had nothing on her.
Marlene's war regret
Marlene Dietrich found her true calling for a party of Allied troops in 1943. The forty-two-year-old actress, who never enjoyed making movies, was given a crash course to talk to her audience. Nothing can be more difficult or fulfilling than performing in front of young men who might die in battle the next day. The Berlin-born American citizen overcame suspicions that she was actually an Axis spy, and was proud to reject Hitler's request to return to Germany. After the end of World War II, she enjoyed being a lusty cabaret singer for many years and tried never to be taken too seriously. Marlene, whose long list of romances ranged from John Wayne to General Patton, once mentioned to her husband that she should have married Hitler in her thirties, and then there would be no war. She laughed when he consented, stating that Fhrer would have killed himself sooner.
We don't want to hit
Executives at United Artists Studio were impressed to see Seon Connery's initial footage of James Bond starring in the 1962 spy thriller. Dr. No. his accent in almost every scene. Surely the former mover is Mr. The Universe was a huge presence, but did Connery have the sophistication to play the ultimate super spy 007, a role originally intended for Cary Grant? The studio kept the finished film on the shelf for many months before releasing it in England, where he was a shooter. Well, it was supposed to be snowflake; Bond was English, though. Six months later, he was released in the US where he did great again. Dr. But it led to the hugely successful James Bond franchise and made Sean Connery an international star. He did not succeed in Japan alone, where cinema owners translated Dr. But to read, "We don't want a doctor!"
Battle of Munchkins
The actors who played Munchkins in The Wizard of Oz were diligent and much malignant. In the 1960s, the often unrequited Judy Garland became a favorite guest on a TV show and daring her former co-stars from the 1939 classic. She would make up stories about being drunk, swinging from a chandelier, ramming into fights, giving her rude suggestions, and being rounded up for their scenes in butterfly nets. In real life, New York's Leo Singer Midgets wins lucrative Oz contracts in a fierce battle with another group of small vaudevillians run by dwarf lead actor Doyle. There was a lot of animosity between the two rival bands of the performers. Doyle was smoking a cigarette in his Fifth Avenue apartment, still raging about his job losses, when he made a phone call to look out the window. Three small entertainer buses boarded him and then headed for California.
Walt Disney's daughter
Walt Disney's two daughters, Sharon and Diane, have grown up obscured by spotlights. The kids didn't have pictures of Mickey Mouse around their home. Their father was not at many parties, he preferred to stay after a long work day. Sometimes he would playfully chase young men up, knocking like evil girls in Snow White. If they behaved badly, Walt would reprimand them with a raised eyebrow; his strict demeanor inspired the character of an old wise owl, in the 1942 animated film Bambi. As toddlers, smart Diane and beautiful Sharon remained blissfully unaware that their parents cared about the abduction and did not allow the sisters to spread more publicly. Once in 1939, a curious classmate questioned six-year-old Diana about her family. She went home and said, "Daddy, you never told me you were Walt Disney" and asked him for an autograph.
Who won the race?
Writer / director Billy Wilder liked to hang out with producer Samuel Goldwyn. The Austrian-born Wilder, who fled Europe when Hitler came to power, respected that the former Polish glove salesman had good taste in stories, though Sam barely read anything. At one point, Wilder exposed a possible movie idea about Ninsky, a famous Russian ballet. Goldwyn was doubtful, Wilder persisted; the story had great cinematic capabilities. As a young man, Nijinski danced for Bolshoi and received international recognition. Then he met the great love of his life, was rejected, ended up in a mindless asylum and thought he was a horse. Goldwyn stared at the daggers. Sam did not fall off the truck. The public would never pay to see something so negative.
"Don't worry, Sam, it's a happy ending."
Goldwyn asked what might be happy in a man who believes he is a horse.
"Winning the Kentucky Derby!"