Paul Coates, Feb. 7, 1961

Feb. 7, 1961: Is it possible to write anything more about the Lady in Black? Actually, it is. Movie publicist Russell Birdwell tells Paul Coates that he hired an extra to “mourn” at Valentino’s crypt to  heighten the dramatic effect of movie he made titled “The Only Normal Man in Hollywood,” based on a story he had written.

Before you rush to imdb, I’ve already been there and Birdwell is listed (he was supposedly the unit publicist on “The Son of the Sheik,” so he has some Valentino cred) but there’s nothing for “The Only Normal Man in Hollywood.” A true story? I can’t find anything on Google about Birdwell and “The Only Normal Man in Hollywood.”


The Lady in Black on the Daily Mirror

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1 Response to Paul Coates, Feb. 7, 1961

  1. Mary Mallory says:

    Russell Birdwell was a legitimate publicist. He was publicity director of Selznick International when GONE WITH THE WIND was made. He was publicist for John Wayne on the film THE ALAMO as well. He had a long film career.


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