Battling movie stars



June 20, 1957
Los Angeles

For battling Hollywood celebrities, it’s hard to surpass Shelley Winters
and Anthony Franciosa. They were only married a few years, but they
made up for it in brawls between themselves, other actors (like Ava
Gardner) and the press.

this instance, Franciosa was given 10 days in jail for kicking
Herald-Express photographer William Walker on April 19 after a court

Franciosa and Winters were trying to bid on a house
at 618 Hillcrest Drive, Beverly Hills, and Franciosa objected to being
photographed because he was still married to his wife, Beatrice, who
was in Reno getting a divorce.  Franciosa was wrestled to the ground
and arrested after kicking Walker as Winters cried and sobbed: "Please
don’t have him arrested! You’ve ruined our lives!"

He was
originally sentenced to 90 days in jail and a $250 fine, but the judge
agreed to give him two years’ probation if Franciosa spent 10 days in
jail. The actor fought the sentence in court–in proceedings that
revealed a record of arrests for theft and intoxication–before
beginning his term on Dec. 12, 1957.

Winters and Franciosa
were married in May 1957. In April 1958, Franciosa suffered a 2-inch
cut behind his ear when Winters threw a perfume bottle at him. Then in August the Italian press reported that there
was a brawl between Winters and Ava Gardner over rumors of Gardner’s
involvement with Franciosa while filming "The Naked Maja." (Not true, Winters said. They were all good friends. Gardner was curiously silent about the matter).

In July 1960, Winters sued for a legal separation, and filed for divorce in November. The wild ride was over.

Shelley Winters died Jan. 14, 2006.

Anthony Franciosa died five days later. 

"I would be prefer to be judged my work alone," Franciosa said in 1961.
"It’s nobody’s business what I’m like except the people I have to live
with or work with."

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