Monday, March 17, 2014

Blind Item #7 - Old Hollywood Blind Item

This A/B-list comedic actor best known for his endless TV specials loved to cheat on his long-suffering wife (whom he always said he was happily married to): One of his more notable conquests was before he ventured to Hollywood: he appeared in a Broadway musical with that legendary dancer/chanteuse and was caught in the act several times by his wife who turned a blind eye while visiting backstage.

44 comments:

Derek Harvey said...

Jerry Lewis

Anna Belle said...

This could be any of them, but I'm leaning towards Dean Martin for thsi one

VIPblonde said...

Bob Hope / Fanny Brice

Violet said...

I know even less about old Hollywood than new Hollywood. But as I am sitting in a park post school pick up with nothing else to do with my time I will let you have that invaluable bit of info.

Ray Nicolet said...

Wasn't there a blind about Jerry Lewis jerking off onto a piece of carpet in front of women or am i imagining shit again?

Derek Harvey said...

@Ray---sounds like an erotic dream...

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Nutty_Flavor said...

VIP is, as usual, correct. This is Bob Hope and his wife of 70 years, Dolores. I don't know about the Fanny Brice part.

Karen said...

@Ray, I thought there was something about Louis C.K. doing that?

Anna Belle said...
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annanaannnaaaa said...

My first thought was Bob Hope. I'm glad VIP said it, so now I know I was right. :)

texas rose said...

Lewis has the telethon but don't think he has comedy 'specials all the time'. Martin had the Dean Martin roasts regularly. Neither has a broadway credit until later in life.

Anna Belle said...

Oh Bob Hope is a good guess...he did still have specials in the 80's...I was thinking Dean for his Comedy Roast...don't think Fanny would be consider a chatuese, a sexy singer, she was more along the lines of a funny lady, she was not attrative

Kno Won Uno said...

I'm thinking Jerry Lewis, because of the long standing rumor that BH was gay.
Could be either. And that "happily married" thing? I think being married to someone who doesn't care who you screw is probably happiness for some people, so it's a sincere statement.

Simon said...

Bob hope and gypsy rose lee

Simon said...

Hope cheated on Dolores many many times

Unknown said...

Bob Hope and Mae West. The timing would work, and she was working until she was about 80 years old. He even had her on some of his specials.

Unknown said...

Bob Hope and Mae West. The timing would work, and she was working until she was about 80 years old. He even had her on some of his specials.

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Ray Nicolet said...

I just googled it, Ent revealed it in 2010 that Jerry was the carpet jerk off.

Meanie Rhysie, Enty #27 said...

Bob Hope, yep.

Simon said...

Bob and gypsy both in Ziegfeld follies of 1936

Unknown said...

Bob Hope and Mae West. She worked until she was about 80, and the timing works. She was also on a couple of his specials. Helping a gal out I would guess.

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Topper Madison said...

Bob, Bing, Dean, and Jerry are all A+++ Legends in my book. And I don't care to hear any negativity about any of them. So there.

Seven of Eleven said...

@A, Fanny Brice. Forget all the basic b*s, FANNY BRICE.

texas rose said...

Agree Topper - no way was Bob Hope A/B-

timebob said...

I guess her choice back then was being Mrs. Somebody or Mrs. Nobody.

Kari said...

I wouldn't have guessed Bob Hope had I not read a few biographies on him.

Renoblondee said...

Agree, Bob.

MISCH said...

Def Bob Hope

sandybrook said...

Jerry Lewis was married more than once and except for the telethon wasn't on Tv except in his own series. This is Bob Hope even though this rating is no good. Slight possibility its Bing Crosby but rating is also off.

Unknown said...

I don't know that Fanny Brice would have been considered a dancer, though. Chanteuse and comedienne,sure.

bellaluna said...

Syd Caesar, just to be different.

Squeezebox said...

Bob Hope, who was a NOTORIOUS philanderer:

http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/news/article226289.ece

Read the article. Your eyebrows will climb into your hairline.

califblondy said...

Thanks for the memories...

Kristin (Wiglet) said...

Too early for jerry Lewis carpet jerk off reveals.

Sass71 said...

I remember that one too. It was a reveal about a year or two ago.

Sherry said...

I remember the Jerry Lewis carpet blind.

harpo068 said...

This does sound like Bob Hope, but the rating is way off. He must have been A/B in the movies during the 1930s, before TV took off. But by the time he was doing endless TV specials in the 60s he had been a legendary A+++ forever (and fwiw Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin were both A+ at the time).

However, I don't see how this is Mae West since she was mostly known as a comedienne, although she did do some singing. I don't think she did any dancing, at least after she left vaudeville. I'm also not finding any reference to her ever starring with Bob Hope on Broadway or in vaudeville. One reason for this is that she was 10 years older than him (although she never admitted her true age, and was sexy enough that that might not be a factor). But she started in vaudeville as a child in 1907, while Hope was born in London and didn't start in New York show business until 1925, as a dancer/comedian. By that time West was writing, directing, and starring in some of the most raciest plays on Broadway and getting arrested on morals charges. So their trajectories on Broadway don't match up.

Fanny Brice was also basically a comedienne--she did some singing, but wasn't known as a dancer. She was also 12 years older than Hope and was nobody's idea of a sex symbol.

But the other person Bob starred with on Broadway was Ethel Merman. Although she wasn't known as a dancer either, at least she was primarily a singer, unlike the other two. I'd also call her more "legendary" than Fanny Brice--and finally, she was 5 years younger than Bob. So I think that's the best fit for this.

Red said...

Hope was a notoriously busy cheater, always. He had many extra-marital flings.

Jon said...

Bob Hope was never B list. He was A +++ until the day he died.

Jennmcn said...

Bob Hope and Ethel Merman in "Red, White and Blue", the same year he married Delores 1934.

ardleighstreet said...

BobHope Ann Miller. Bob Hope/ Juliet Prowse