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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, July 25, 1944

July 25, 1944 George Raft has always hankered after romantic parts. Time after time he has turned down “heavy” roles that have brought fame to other actors. But George has always argued that fans like romance and adventure, so it’s … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, July 24, 1944

July 24, 1944 Jeanette MacDonald’s absence from all social activities this summer is explained. She opens with the Chicago Civic Opera Co. in November and she has been studying hard with Lotte Lehman and her teacher of many years, Grace … Continue reading

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

July 22, 1944 Mr. Winkle Goes to War” has set Jack Moss in solid as a producer at Columbia – so solid that his next will be “Pal Joey.” The Broadway stage hit has nothing to do with Pal Joey … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, July 18, 1944

July 18, 1944 One of the most startling medical books of recent years is “Kaiser Wakes the Doctors.” It succeeded in getting its author, Paul De Kruif, in the center of a storm with the American Medical Association. I have … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip, by Louella Parsons, July 17, 1944

July 17, 1944 Lana Turner, as Bunny Smith, the public stenographer, is only one of the star parts in “Week-End at the Waldorf.” In the script, which Sam and Bella Spivak have just completed, there are at least eight other … Continue reading

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GOP Picks Dewey in Race for President; California Gov. Warren Rejects Draft Movement

  June 29, 1944 I need to do a little catching up on national politics, with the Republican National Convention, which was held in Chicago. Of course, the convention was covered by Times political editor Kyle Palmer and as usual, … Continue reading

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

July 16, 1944 Louella Parsons says: Diana Lynn, who has been everyone’s kid sister in movies on the Paramount lot, has at long last gone glamorous. The dazzling young lady with the blonde curls and the black lace form-fitting dress … Continue reading

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

July 15, 1944: Our women are really going places and doing big things in the movies. Just today I learned that Kay Francis reports Sept. 1 at Monogram Studios as co-producer of “Divorce.” Jeffrey Bernerd, who has done so much … Continue reading

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

July 9, 1944 HOLLYWOOD — Politics is not my dish of tea. I write about the movies and love them. But I was knee deep in governors, senators and their wives while attending the Republican National Convention in Chicago and … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, June 25, 1944

June 25, 1944 HOLLYWOOD, JUNE 24 –  A studious appearing quiet young man is gray eyed Alexander Knox, who, out of hundreds of applicants, was chosen by Darryl Zanuck to play “Wilson.” From the Milwaukee Sentinel.

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1944 in Print — Looking at Hollywood by Hedda Hopper, June 24, 1944

June 24, 1944 I rarely run Hedda Hopper, but since Beachgal said Hedda would have never fallen for Warners’ publicity on Dennis Morgan, here she is, leading her column with… guess who. Hedda Hopper says: Dennis Morgan has come up … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Dorothy Manners, June 24, 1944

June 24, 1944 Dorothy Manners, filling in for her boss Louella Parsons, says: HOLLYWOOD, JUNE 23 –  A sudden shuffle in the casting of “Experiment Perilous” brings out some interesting news. George Brent will play the hero role opposite Hedy … Continue reading

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

June 20, 1944 HOLLYWOOD, JUNE 19 – Seein’ is believin’ as the saying goes, and the other day I saw figures of the actual breakdown on the Warners fan mail. Lo and behold, leading all the others was Dennis Morgan. … Continue reading

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

June 19, 1944 HOLLYWOOD, June 18 – (INS) Bing Crosby gets his way — meaning an “unknown” plays the title role in “The Great John L.” Greg McClure is the lucky gent. He’s a 26-year-old Irishman, built like an “ad” … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, June 17, 1944

June 17, 1944 HOLLYWOOD, June 16 — My old friend Ralph Wheelright, whom I have known since he was in the MGM publicity department and before that, when he was one of the Los Angeles Examiner’s star reporters, takes another … Continue reading

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U.S. Troops Report Nazi Atrocities During Invasion, June 13, 1944

June 13, 1944 The Times reports the death of pilot Maj. Joseph D.R. Shaffer, 26, of Long Beach, who received the Silver Star and the  Distinguished Service Cross for shooting down a Nazi bomber near Reykjavik — the first German … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip By Louella Parsons, June 13, 1944

June 13, 1944 HOLLYWOOD, June 12 — There isn’t a chance of MGM making the same mistake with 14-year-old Jane Powell they made with Deanna Durbin. Deanna slipped through their fingers and then made “Three Smart Girls” for Charles Rogers … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Life Magazine, June 12, 1944

June 12, 1944 Life’s cover photo shows 500-pound bombs falling on an oil refinery in Leghorn, Italy. Where does Al Capp get ideas for his characters? Would you believe Veronica Lake? A feature on Humphrey Bogart says that while filming … Continue reading

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

June 12, 1944 HOLLYWOOD, June 11 — Right out of New York comes word Jack Warner has added “The Two Mrs. Carrolls” to his list of New York plays. Jack, who has spent money unstintingly for New York hits, is … Continue reading

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

June 10, 1944 HOLLYWOOD, June 9 — There has been so much talk that Joan Fontaine would take her troubles to court and ask to have her David Selznick contract canceled that I did a little investigating. I talked to … Continue reading

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