Original caption: Pictured in a spectators’ box at the beginning of the Pacific Southwest Tennis Tournament on the courts of L.A. Tennis Club, at which numerous members of the film colony evinced interest, are film star Clark Gable, and his rumored heart interest, actress Carole Lombard. In an opposite box was Gable’s estranged wife, accompanied by Herschel Williams, screen writer. (September 1936)
William Holden and Barbara Stanwyck on the set of Golden Boy, 1939
When doubts were expressed about keeping Holden, Stanwyck went to bat for him. Then after a hard day’s work she began spending a half hour or so running lines with Holden for the next day. She tried to relieve tension for him and when he was having trouble she would say encouraging things about something that had gone well.
At the 50th Academy Award Ceremony, where Stanwyck and Holden were to present an award together, the audience welcomed two favorites warmly, and when the applause had abated, Holden announced:
”Before Barbara and I present this next award, I’d like to say something. Thirty-nine years ago this month we were working on a film together called Golden Boy, and it wasn’t going well because I was going to be replaced. But due to this lovely human being and her interest and understanding and her professional integrity and her encouragement and, above all, her generosity, I am here tonight.”
Stanwyck had not expected this deviation from the script, and she was overcome. Her eyes filled with tears and she stammered, "Oh, Bill, you didn’t tell me you were…" and hugged him to hearty applause.
Rita Hayworth on the cover of movie stars parade magazine, 1948.
Carole Lombard, c. late 1930s.
Esther Williams, 1956.
Rita Hayworth and Merle Orberon photographed with unknown starlets, circa 1941.
Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, 1950.
Favorite Movie: Woman Of the Year (1942)
Katharine Hepburn & Spencer Tracy