Last week’s two couples were, no doubt, easily recognizable by most movie fans. And, we’re sure that two of the three teenagers pictured above will also be identified by MOST of our readers.
But the trick is to identify the one on the left. She’s almost forgotten today, but in the 1930s was as big a child star as the other two.
Ok, we are nice guys, so here are some clues:
— Our Chicago-born mystery lass came from a theatrical family, and started acting in movies at the age of nine.
— Her specialty for a while was playing obnoxious girls. She was nominated for a best actress Oscar in 1937 for her role as a little nasty who says unpleasant things about her teachers.
— She appeared in some of Mickey Rooney’s Andy Hardy pictures at Metro, and gained notoriety for her portrayal of a detective/reporter named Nancy.
— She retired from acting in the early Fifties, and worked behind the cameras as the producer of a tv series about one of America’s most famous canines.
OK, take your best guess. Bonne chance. (Answers tomorrow.)
Now about the classic couples in last Monday’s photo. They had it all: Bogie and Bacall. Their romance first set off fireworks off and on the screen in 1944 when they costarred in director Howard Hawks’ To Have And To Have Not.
He was in his mid-Forties, she was a mere 20. As is obvious with even a casual viewing of the movie, they fell head over heels instantly.
Bacall’s cautious mother was hesitant because of Bogart’s age and the fact that he was already married — to third wife, Mayo Methot, an unusually self-centered actress known to throw plates in restaurants if the attention drifted from her direction.
I can only marvel at Bogie’s putting up with her for as long as he did, wrote the actor’s longtime pal, director John Huston. The marriage last seven years, until 1945. Eleven days after the divorce, Humphrey and Lauren were married. They stayed that way until his death in 1957.
The couple in the other photo are, of course, Rita Hayworth and Glenn Ford, the costars most famously of the 1946 noir classic, Gilda.
Ford married four wives over the course of his life including his first, actress-dancer Eleanor Powell. Rita married five husbands, one of which was Orson Welles. Although they never married, Rita and Glenn certainly look like they were having lots of off-camera fun with one another.