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 in pictures. The Reynolds girl, now 19, inherited the $200,000 estate of her aunt and bachelor uncle, Belle and Fred Reynolds, and she comes into control of the money when she is 21. As though that weren’t enough of a nest egg for such a young girl, she will get the Texas oil properties of her late father when she is 24.
But Joyce is getting 10 times as much of a thrill out of her good fortune at Warners as from her cash fortune. She has two terrific pictures coming up, “Janie,” which is being released right away, and the well-touted “Junior Miss,” for which Jack Warner paid a small fortune.
Clark Gable has never looked as handsome as he does now with the little touch of gray in his hair. We played gin rummy the other evening, Clark, Kay Williams, Virginia Zanuck and myself, and he told me how interested he is in doing “Lucky Baldwin.” He knows the story of California’s fabulously wealthy character so well he could write a book himself. “Who told you so much?” I asked. He said, “Horace McCoy, who is writing the screenplay.” This is the first time I felt Clark has shown interest in returning to the screen. He goes to Washington with his Army film before he actually gets started at MGM.
LEO: Cheerful outlook for ambitious, venturesome Leo, especially if you take cognizance of practical angles and necessary details. Private and outside interests rate.