Thursday, March 13, 2014

Blind Item #7 - Old Hollywood Blind

This A-list actor who got his start on Broadway died an unexpected death, presumably from a heart condition he had since birth. That's only partly true. He had a major nose candy habit which further quickened his demise. Sometimes he would share the coke with that troubled actress/biopic subject whom he co-starred with frequently on and off screen

49 comments:

sandybrook said...

Dick Powell

FrenchGirl said...

fred astaire and judy garland just because he died of pneumonia

sandybrook said...

Not dick Powell.

auntliddy said...

Burton? He for sure had addictive personality.

sandybrook said...

Donald O Connor died from heart failure.

Paint Chips said...

John Garfield, and ... Garbo?

sandybrook said...

Debbie Reynolds was in a lot of O Connor's movies.

Christie Wilson said...

John Ritter

Merlin D. Bear said...

Burton and Taylor

HEATHER said...

Montgomery Clift got his start on B'way. Biopic subject would be his best pal Miss Liz Taylor!

Candyland said...

Montgomery Clift and Liz Taylor. It doesn't say that the woman was his girlfriend, so could be gay or straight fella.

Paint Chips said...

I was thinking of John Gilbert, but John Garfield was also someone who died young of heart problems.

Candyland said...

Heather!!!! Ha! Great minds...

Zelda Zonk said...

Wasn't Monty's death attributed to alcoholism?

Kristin (Wiglet) said...

I'm with Candyland and Heather. Clift drank and drugged himself to death & Liz was about the only person he was friends with.

Zelda Zonk said...

Clark Gable fits - got his start on broadway and died of a heart attack at 59

Candyland said...

@Zelda - says heart attack for Monty on this site I found: http://www.vaughns-1-pagers.com/art/movie-stars-death-dates.htm See1966.

Haywood Jablomee said...

Sandybrook, everyone dies of heart failure.

veee said...

Going with John Garfield.

Zelda Zonk said...

Yeah you're right I just googled it. They originally said it was brought on by heart disease. I should have remembered Bc I read a bio about him a few years ago. Sorry blonde moment!

Violet617 said...

Bobby Darin???

Dave said...

Clark Gable had an affair with Joan Crawford, so the biopic would be "Mommie Dearest."

Frosty said...
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Frosty said...

Clark Gable and Joan Crawford

Someone Said said...

Bobby Darin.

Renoblondee said...

Good guess @Dave. Did Gable start on Broadway?

B626 said...

Sounds about right

Angela said...

& Sandra Dee would qualify as troubled and there were 2 movies.

Topper Madison said...

I read it as Bobby Darin, but he didn't start on Broadway.

Violet617 said...

Bobby Darin had a song called "On Broadway"... maybe a clue???

QueenAnne Guido said...

Love the old Hollywood blinds. After FULL SERVICE I can no longer watch Charles laughton....

bored soccer mom said...

Bobby Darin would be my guess. Him and Sandra dee.

Joshua said...

Spencer Tracy (began on Broadway) and Katharine Hepburn came to my mind. Blanchett played Hepburn in The Aviator, a biopic not about Hepburn but featuring her. Tracy also died of a heart attack.

phoebes in santa fe said...

Definitely Bobby Darin.

Pandora928 said...

Montgomery Clift was also VERY close to Marilyn Monroe.

Majik said...

I'm down with the Clark Gable guess except...it's Clark Fucking Gable; would he not be A+ list, especially in Old Hollywood?

That, by the way, is my criteria for A+...if the word "fucking" can be added as a legit middle name that's A+ list in my book.

Unknown said...

Bobby Darin for the win.

Brent Vassar said...

Spencer Tracy was old when he died. I like the Clift liz one for this. Diamonds and cocaine are forever

MadLyb said...

Gable was my first thought, so going with Clark and Joan.

Russell said...

Bobby Darin didn't start out on Broadway - he was a pop singer before moving into films. Plus I don't think he was ever really A-list as an actor.

I like the Clift-Taylor guess.

Erik said...

John Garfield

Erik said...

John Garfield

Jon said...

Monty n Liz

Mlgmay99 said...

Totally Marilyn Monroe

Angela said...

I have two main guesses.

The first one is Douglas Fairbanks. His first film as the lead was The Lamb, based on a play he had previously starred in on Broadway (and that was also the base for Buster Keaton's first feature film as a lead).
Married to Mary Pickford, a frequent co-star, who's currently the subject of a biopic, The First, starring Lily Rabe (American Horror Story) and Julia Stiles. Died at 56, but at that point his career had declined after talkies took over (he's the base for the main character in The Artist).

The second one is John Garfield, who died at 39 from a heart attack. Got his start on Broadway. At the time of his death, it was mentioned that the stress coming from being blacklisted because of HUAC may have been responsible for his premature death.
The co-star would be Joan Crawford, as they were both in Humoresque.

Another guess would be Robert Walker (Strangers on a Train), but he died at 32 from a barbiturate overdose. He was famous for his relationship with Jennifer Jones and the affair she had with Selznick.

It can't be Montgomery Clift, as he was in a horrific car accident while shooting Raintree County. After that he had to be shown with his right profile, given how much the left side of his face still had scars. He had addiction issues before the accident, and they got worse after that, while his looks deteriorated over the years. His death was unfortunately not unexpected.

Nobody ever mentioned a congenital heart condition for Clark Gable's death at 59. Gable had let himself go for quite some time and weighed 230 pounds. He wanted to go back in shape for The Misfits, and took a crash diet. The tension on the set and the physical demands on the part may have also played a part.

crila16 said...

Montgomery Clift and Liz Taylor. They were super close friends off screen. This BI totally matches them.

di butler said...

I think it's Fairbanks and Pickford, as well.

Andrea said...

First thought was John Gilbert, but how about Tyrone Power Jr

Unknown said...

Bobby Darin!