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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, Sept. 16, 1944

Sept. 16, 1944 Danton Walker says: Frank Sinatra’s father has just been made chief of the Fire Department of Hoboken, N.J., in case you care. Louella Parsons says: A scout in New York telegraphed that Sidney Kingsley, the playwright, has … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, Sept. 10, 1944

Sept. 10, 1944 The influence of Andre de Toth, the director, has been very important in the life of Veronica Lake. She is no longer the girl who doesn’t care. She cares very much now what people think of her, … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, Sept. 9, 1944

Sept. 9, 1944 Danton Walker says: Jackie Gleason (“Follow the Girls”), who originally got his start in burlesque, will play the role of a press agent for a burlesque company in his first picture for 20th Century-Fox. Louella Parsons says: … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, Sept. 4, 1944

Sept. 4, 1944 Danton Walter says: Brazil and Colombia plan to cut coffee exports to the U.S. if the OPA price ceiling isn’t lifted … FDR has requested James Byrnes to hold up his resignation until after election day … … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, Sept. 3, 1944

“Green Dolphin Street” wins MGM’s annual novel award. The movie was released in 1947, starring Lana Turner and Van Heflin, directed by Victor Saville with a script by Samson Raphaelson. Sept. 3, 1944 Louella Parsons is pushed off Page 1 … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, Sept. 2, 1944

Sept. 2, 1944 Danton Walker (who turns out to have been Alexander Woollcott’s secretary for a couple of years), says: Several magazines are racing to put out German editions which would be the first published works to give occupied Germany … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, Aug. 29, 1944

Aug. 29, 1944 You can never tell what our unpredictable movie heads are going to do when they decide they want a play. Jack Warner, for instance, has purchased the film rights to “The Visitor” before it even opened on … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, Aug. 28, 1944

Aug. 28, 1944 I had just put down “The History of Rome Hanks and Kindred Matters” when — flash! — came the word that MGM had bought the Lt. Joseph Stanley Pennell novel for $60,000. Here, my friends, is a … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, Aug. 27, 1944

Aug. 27, 1944 Hollywood’s divorces and nightclub battles always manage to get on the front pages. It’s just too bad the public doesn’t get an equal chance to learn about the topic of conversation that really interests the stars. Go … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, Aug. 26, 1944

Aug. 26, 1944 When William Bendix was broke and didn’t have a nickel to his name, his father-in-law, Henry Stafanotty, loaned him money to support his wife and child. Bill isn’t the kind who forgets and now he has opened … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, Aug. 22, 1944

Aug. 22, 1944 Danton Walker writes: High on a hilltop in Beverly Hills at the end of the Tower Road, a tortuous lane overlooking Benedict Canyon, is a hobgoblin castle straight out of a Walt Disney film; an edifice of … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, Aug. 21, 1944

Aug. 21, 1944 Today, we stumbled across a columnist named Danton Walker (d. 1960). We don’t know his name, but his prose is so familiar that we can recite by heart the stale, snide New Yorker’s boilerplate on Los Angeles. … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, Aug. 20, 1944

Aug. 20, 1944 To tell a woman she is beautiful is the most acceptable compliment any daughter of Eve can receive. It’s the most exciting praise every girl, whether she resides in Hollywood or lives on an isolated farm, enjoys … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, Aug. 19, 1944

  Aug. 19, 1944 Really interesting news that Freddie March is ready to sign a contract to play Major Joppolo in “A Bell for Adano.” I don’t mean the movie, either. He is being signed by Leland Hayward for the … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, Aug. 15, 1944

Aug. 15, 1944 Clark Gable is not returning to work in September. He says he may never make another picture, which would be a terrible blow, not only to his studio, but to all his many fans. Said Clark: “I … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, Aug. 14, 1944

Aug. 14, 1944 Sat and talked with Joan Fontaine the night before she left for Mexico and I have seldom seen her as happy. She had an engagement to meet Preston Sturges and there is a very good chance he … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, Aug. 13, 1944

Aug. 13, 1944 When I say [Michael Curtiz] is one of the very few I do not resent calling me “Lolly,” you get an idea we have been good friends through the years. I was one of five guests when … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, Aug. 12, 1944

  Aug. 12, 1944 Geraldine Fitzgerald’s sparkling performance as Edith Galt, second wife of Woodrow Wilson, creates a new and fresh interest in her. Fitting, I think, that Jack Warner should again lend her to Darryl Zanuck, for he did … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, Aug. 8, 1944.

Aug. 8, 1944 If the Indians ever pick out a tribe name for Joyce Reynolds it should be “Little Miss Sittin’ Pretty.” Not only is Joyce zooming to fame, but she is by way of becoming the richest junior miss … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, Aug. 7, 1944

Aug. 7, 1944 The honeymoon is over when the bride has to go back to work. At least, that is what Gail Patrick laughingly told me when I talked with her on the telephone. She got back in Hollywood to … Continue reading

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