Thursday, April 03, 2014

Blind Item #9 - Old Hollywood Blind

In the annals of horrible stage moms, the foreign-born mother to this then almost A-list child and teen star who later made the transition to A+ list leading lady is among the worst. She acted as her pimp, accompanying her from casting couch to casting couch to sleep with men as old as the father of the actress. Two famous A+ list Oscar winning/nominees were among her sex partners.

66 comments:

chopchop said...

Is Brooke Shields A list?

ecua said...

Natalie Wood

Betsy said...

Liz Taylor's mother.

Chris J said...

She was, I like your guess.

Cindy said...

Judy Garland

caroline david said...

Nathalie wood!

Unknown said...

her mother is not foreign-born

cs said...

Liz taylor

Tricia Shaw said...

Natalie wood.
Notoriously ruthless mother she wrote about in her memoir.
Actors include Warren Beatty for sure..maybe James Dean as well.....her breakout roles

califblondy said...

Natalie always had such sad eyes. I'm surprised the sister if hers hasn't told this, if it is Natalie.

Tricia Shaw said...

Yes she was Russian....her mother born in ukraine

Glitter said...

Judy's mother born in U.S. I think this one's Natalie Wood.

auntliddy said...

Agree, natalie for sure. Sad.

anda marie said...

I think Natalie's sister would have told if this were the case. She told about Natalie's rape when she was a teen by a famous leading man.

mfbinc said...

ann margret?

anda marie said...

Judy's family were American & owned a theater in Minnesota. They say Judy was the abitious one, not her mom.

sandybrook said...

I read Lanas book which was her autobiography but mostly about Natalie and she really didn't like mom.

di butler said...

Yup, Natalie Wood, Warren Beatty and ....maybe Dean? That woman had a rough, rough life. :(

Kno Won Uno said...

I'll co-sign the Natalie Wood guess, as well.
Such a lovely woman to have lived such a sporadically crummy life.
"Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, glory in the flower.."

Count Jerkula said...

Ecua nailed it. I'm with "the only wood that don't float" guess.

B626 said...

Yup

Tricia Shaw said...

As I stated actor definitely Beatty...and Brando, not Dean.

Frosty said...

I'm confused whether the 2 Oscar winning/nominees were when she was still a child or later as an adult

Tricia Shaw said...

Adult..seems the roles in Splendor and Rebel were secured by sex with leading men...
But def Brando not dean for rebel..dean was gay and Brando a renowned sex addict/freak

Zelda Zonk said...

+1

MISCH said...

Natalie …

Tammy said...

She really did have the saddest eyes. I wonder if she was ever happy at all.

Unknown said...

I believe it was Natalie Wood; her parents were Russian.

I also think the blind means who she was pimped out to in terms of casting couch old men, not who her chosen lovers were...so I nominate Rex Harrison as one of the men who abused her. He was born in 1908; Wood in 1938. As a child, she starred in THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR with him. He won at least one Oscar. His history fits with this.

crila16 said...

Natalie Wood's mom?

T. W. said...
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T. W. said...

Liz Taylor was born in London. I think this is Natalie Wood.

caroline david said...

Nathalie wood also had an affair with Nicolas Ray the director of Rebel Without Cause
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/natalie-wood-death-rebel-without-266053

Hanwi said...

Rex Harrison certainly wasn't a nice guy, but I doubt Natalie was made to sleep with him to get a part in The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, she was 9 yeas old at the time!

I nominate Frank Sinatra and John Wayne for the men she had to sleep with, she starred with them both in the 1950s.

Hanwi said...

Charles Laughton and Bing Crosby could fit as well, she would've been in her mid-teens.

JenSacks said...

Natalie Wood, baby. Also, Kirk Douglas raped her. Natalie's sister says that when he dies, she's going to out him as a rapist. Any day now...

Malibu Borebee said...

Celebrity rapist Kirk Douglas is in my dead pool every year. Fingers crossed for 2014.

lazyday603 said...

Kirk Douglas knows what's waiting for him on the other side so he'll hang on here as long as possible.

Matt said...

Natalie Wood.

Renoblondee said...

She was so beautiful. I am so intrigued by her death. I wonder if we'll ever get the truth?

QueenAnne Guido said...

Hanwi, Laughton was gay and loved poop sandwiches. FULL SERVICE for deets.

Hanwi said...

Indeed, I forgot he was gay. Well, that still leaves a few possibilities. One of the older A+ co-stars is also James Stewart, but I refuse to even think about that.

Apparently her and Sinatra were dating at some point in the 50s, so my guess for the A+ sex partners are Wayne and Crosby.

texas rose said...

FYI- Old Hollywood blinds are from 20's to the 50's (maybe 60's) but definitely not 70's or 80's imho.

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AIP said...

Natalie Wood. I've mentioned here before that her mother allegedly "granted" Natalie's virginity to Sinatra in exchange for his contacts and help climbing the ladder. Can't be proven of course, but I would absolutely believe it of him.

Yoj said...

I concur with the Natalie Wood guess. But, in the 1950s, only a few leading men were influential enough to choose their own co-stars.
I think it more likely that her "lovers" were producers and directors. Nicholas Ray ('Rebel Without A Cause') was one. She was 16. He allegedly went through the same routine with James Dean and Sal Mineo.
As a child, she was under contract at RKO, In her early teens she moved between various studios and ABC TV series. I think she signed with Warners in 1954 (aged 15).

sugarbread maker said...

Who has kirk Douglas raped?? Deets.

Jennifer said...

Drew Barrymore's mom was born in Germany, a bit of stretch but could possibly be considered "old hollywood" by now.

bored soccer mom said...

I'm waiting for Himmm to jump in and give us Natasha Gregson's phone number again. We can ask her.

lazyday603 said...

Sugarbread he raped Natalie Wood when she was 15. Here is the story from the Suzanne Finstad biography Natasha

T Lex said...

Steve McQueen, Natalie Wood's co-star in Love With a Proper Stranger, was an Oscar nominee for The Sand Pebbles. He was also abused as a child, which presumably contributed to his violent and misogynistic behavior.

The story of her mother's pimping provide's context for Kirk Douglas's particularly vile behavior and Wood's response (or lack of response).

What a life. RIP, Natalie.

Erik said...

Going with Natalie Wood.

Erik said...

Yeah I don't get how Kirk Douglas is still alive. The dude's 97!

Erik said...

Once again Enty: More Old Hollywood blinds please!

CarolMR said...

I don't think Sinatra abused her. They had an affair, but she was older. She was an un-official member of the Rat Pack and she and Frank remained friends until her death.

Persiaa said...

azyday603 said...

Sugarbread he raped Natalie Wood when she was 15. Here is the story from the Suzanne Finstad biography Natasha

Thank you. I just ordered the book on Amazon. It's really inexpensive used.

trudi said...

Sinatra was one of her pallbearers so I doubt she was forced to be with him at a young age.

T Lex said...

From a review of Gavin Lambert's Wood biography

'Wood's very Russian mother said from the outset that "I raised my daughter to be a movie star". This wildly narcissistic, overpowering, often unhinged woman would be an ongoing, toxic presence in her daughter's life.

Her ambitions for her daughter also meant that she turned a blind eye when the-then 45-year-old director, Nicholas Ray, seduced her then 16-year-old daughter. ...'

T Lex said...

and yes re: more old Hollywood blinds

J said...

Wow. Everyone knows everything here. It's Natalie Wood, for sure.

--Kirk Douglas raped her

--Her mother brought her around to Frank Sinatra's place when she was about fifteen. Sinatra's valet/cook confirmed this

The best books about this type of stuff are Scotty Bowers book and George Jacobs' book about Sinatra.

Sabrina said...

Natalie Wood's life was so so sad.

di butler said...

Kirk is in my Top 5 Dead Pool and I'm batting nearly a perfect game, so far, in 2014. This could be it, kiddos. I also want to win this year.

Count Jerkula said...

I wish Enty didn't chicken out of a Dead Pool.

AKM said...

@Jennifer, that's the first thing *I* thought of, too, because I didn't even catch the "Old Hollywood" part.

RhondaGething said...

Definitely Natalie Wood.

Jim Kennedy Summers said...

I heard that the other rapist was Jack Palance. So my guess is Kirk Douglas and Jack Palance.

Unknown said...

Natalie grabbed control of her career in her late teens from that awful mother. Any "pimping" on the casting couch would've been while Natalie was still a young teen in the 50's. Nic Ray ("Rebel") for sure.

Poor Nat stayed in therapy for the rest of her life.

Her wonderful mother also once pulled the wings off of a butterfly to make Natalie cry for the camera when she was a kid. She makes Dena Lohan look like Mary Poppins.