Frank recently found himself lunching in an expensive New York restaurant. Much to his amazement, he also found himself located next to a pair of celebrities in an adjoining booth. The pair? Director Mike Nichols and music/movie mogul David Geffen.
They discussed many topics within earshot including Marlon Brando and Alexander Bernstein, the son of composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein. At one point, Geffen was overheard to say: It must be hard to be the child of a legend.
That brings us to today’s question: Is British film director Michael Lindsay-Hogg really the son of the legendary Orson Welles. (For more on this general topic, see our blog earlier this week, Progency of RITA HAYWORTH & ORSON WELLES.)
The paternity of Lindsay-Hogg — whose mother was actress Geraldine Fitzgerald and his surname derived from stepfather, Sir Edward Lindsay-Hogg — has stirred controversy for years.
In 2010, the British newspaper The Observer ran a story that the British director was working on his autobiography, and planned to take a DNA test to finally identify his real father. (Welles had one child by each of his three wives, Virginia Nicholson, Rita Hayworth and Paola Mori, and had had an affair with Fitzgerald.)
This news was greeted skeptically by reader The Truth In Waiting, who doubted Lindsay-Hogg’s resolve (punctuation by the writer).
Michael Lindsay Hogg needs to PUT UP OR SHUT UP!
His mother Geraldine Fitzgerald REFUSED TO NAME THE FATHER, and Orson Welles (Who DESPERATELY WANTED A SON) NEVER KNEW HIM AS HIS SON. So, it was a CONVENIENT LIE FOR FITZGERALD AND HER KID, who wanted to have ANY MAN HE COULD CALL “DAD”.
Lindsay-Hogg is still claiming to be Welles son, seemingly in it for ‘THE RIDE” ?
So, Michael Lindsay-Hogg: TAKE A DNA TEST, and we Welles fans will embrace you BIG TIME.
If you don’t, we will consider it a JOKE for you to call yourself a WELLES.
Frankly, you look more LIKE A NIVEN–As in David. And He was with Fitzgerald in “Wuthering Heights”. That’s far more PLAUSIBLE than Welles, and although LESS GLAMOROUS THAN BEING A WELLES, it’s not too shabby.
Well, o.k. Turns out that Lindsay-Hogg showed a manuscript of his autobiography to American heiress Gloria Vanderbilt, who was a friend of Fitzgerald’s. It was she who confirmed that Welles was Lindsay-Hogg’s father. Although a DNA test was said to be inconclusive, it is now widely reported that Lindsay-Hogg is actually Welles’ offspring.
We suspect, though, that the matter isn’t fully settled. Geffen is right. It is hard to be the “child of a legend.”