Hello, everybody. Joe Morella and Frank Segers, your classic movie guys, here to disclose that last week we received the note below from a reader, Peter, citing an old blog of ours on Howard Hughes, The World’s Greatest Womanizer?, which ran way back in November of 2011.
Peter wrote: That’s not entirely true that Hughes was never told off. The actress Jane Greer (pictured below) did actually tell off Howard Hughes. She was married at the time and he tried to woo her in order to sleep with her. But she wouldn’t have it and as such, her career took a dive. Shows just what kind of a man Hughes was.
If he didn’t get what he wanted especially from an actress, he would ruin their careers. So I really don’t see what’s so great about this man. He seemed like a selfish brat who never really did anything too much that was worthwhile aside from the airplane ventures.
Peter, you’re right, Jane Greer, so good as one of film noir’s nastiest femme fatales in 1947’s Out of the Past opposite Robert Mitchum, actually DID rebuff Hughes and her career did suffer.
But you were mistaken about the woman in the picture at the top, which originally ran with the article on H. H. That is Ginger Rogers.
In any event, we don’t say Hughes was a “great” man in his relationship with women, far from it. But interesting in Hollywood legend.
He was so powerful that many in classic Hollywood overlooked his huge personal quirks. Pianist-wit Oscar Levant recalled in his The Memoirs of an Amnesiac (1965) that he and guests were once in Chasin’s Restaurant in Hollywood when a slovenly attired man came in and said hello to me. I cut him dead.
Someone said, ‘That was Howard Hughes.’ Just to reveal my lack of character, I got up, went to his table, and shook hands with him.