Friday, June 13, 2014

Mr. X Blind Items Part Five

9) Old Hollywood: Which A+ list leading lady who easily transitioned from movies to TV once screamed at an interviewer "GET THE F**K OUT OF MY HOUSE!!" after he asked her if she was lesbian? She did swing both ways, according to friends and costars.
10) Old Hollywood: Which A/B-list actress and sex symbol was part African-American, which she didn't tell any of her husbands and lovers?
11) Old Hollywood: Which almost A-list actor who is more famous nowadays for his premature death literally stalked out this A++ list Oscar winning/nominated actor so he could say he slept with him? The latter actor didn't have any good things to say about it, however.

95 comments:

TalksTooMuch said...

James Dean for the last

Kno Won Uno said...

What is Old Hollywood to Mr X?
As an actual old person, context is important.
1930s vs 1970s.

TalksTooMuch said...

Was Rock Hudson around during that time? Probably, yes?

Riven said...

1. MADELINE KAHN !!

katie said...

Eve Arden

Ava Gardner

Rock Hudson and

Sillygurl said...

I would like to know who 10 is. Can you imagine the racist shit she had to hear while keeping quiet? She should have wrote a book.

FSP said...

9- Lucy
10- Dandridge
11- Hudson

Riven said...

Whoops.

9. MADELINE KAHN!!!

Kno Won Uno said...

A+ list leading ladies couldn't have transitioned to TV before the late 50s, early 60s, so how about "Mid-Hollywood"?

Sillygurl said...

She always gave me lesbian vibes

katie said...

sorry, Eve Arden wasn't a leading lady.

Sillygurl said...

Madeline Kahn that is.

Renoblondee said...

I don't blame the lady. What a question to ask!

auntliddy said...

Joan ( no more wire hangers) crawford for 1. Merle oberon for 2. And dean is good guess but cld be sal mineo too.

Flora Goforth said...

9. Stanwyck
10. Dinah Shore
11. Dean & Brando

Aless E said...

11) montgomery clift?

crila16 said...

#1 - Katherine Hepburn

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Kno Won Uno said...

Rock Hudson wasn't "almost" anything. He was A++ and will ever be thus. Opened and carried multiple films for multiple decades.
#9) I'm not sure if Mr X would consider Lucille Ball an A+ leading lady. She wasn't really. She could have been, but wasn't known to be able to open or carry a film on her own prior to her television career.
It fits Eve Arden for sure, except for the A+ rating. She was the perpetual sidekick, never A+.
I'm so over this X creature if he's screwing with Old Hollywood ratings.
Don't be blasphemous, upstart.

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MISCH said...

9 - Barbara Stanwyck
10- ?
11- James Dean

loveless said...

10. Mae West

crila16 said...

#11 - Definitely James Dean/Rock Hudson or Cary Grant.

Topper Madison said...

#9 I read as Stanwick
#11 I read as James Dean and Rock Hudson (Giant)

Renoblondee said...

Merle was Indian. And yes, she hid that.

Kno Won Uno said...

STANWYCK! Yay, @Flora!
I have no idea if you're right, but she fits every criteria.
Loved that bitch.
Her earliest stuff is TO DIE.

Procrastibator said...

Not the hair! Lipstick darling....the nails!

Procrastibator said...

Merle was beautiful.

Procrastibator said...

Flora: Babs Stanwick was appRently a lesbian, so it could fit.

Tinydancer said...

9 Loretta Young

Procrastibator said...

James Dean and Errol Flynn or James and Clark Gable?

abbiesgail said...

9 is definitely Stanwyck. She had an on/off affair with Joan Crawford for years. Joan was fairly unsentimental and the only two photographs she had in her house when she died were of Barbara and JFK.

Kno Won Uno said...

@Procrastibator I like the James Dean/Errol Flynn thing for purely salacious reasons.

Riven said...

Life after death is as improbable as sex after marriage.

malcam66 said...

9. Stanwyck
10. Raquel Welch
11. Dean and Brando

abbiesgail said...

And either Gene Tierney or Jane Russell for 10, just to mix it up a bit.

Eros said...

@ fsp. It was common knowledge that dandridge was black. She was in a buttload of black movies and visually you could tell also.

Princess Nobody said...

Yes, yes, yes on Joan Crawford, Aunt Liddy! Great guess!

Basil said...

9: Agnes Moorhead

10: Merle Oberon

11: Rock Hudson/James Dean or Montgomery Clift with Cary Grant????

D Brown said...

Merle Oberon isn't the answer to 10: she was born in India to an English father and Indian mother. However I can't help adding the story that, when she and her darker skinned mother came to Holloywood, Merle insisted that her mother pose as her maid.

Eros said...

Good bis enty. Mr x gets kudos on these. I read something online that may fit number 10 but I would have to dig to find it again. Perhaps I will later...

11. I like the james dean guess for 11.

lulu said...

Dinah Shore & Ava Gardner are both good guesses for #10.

Merle Oberon's mother was from Mumbai (India)

Eros said...

10 is carol channing I think.

trudi said...

#3 Sal Mineo for the almost A premature death.

Rock and Dean were and will always be A+++.

lulu said...

forgot about Carol Channing. there have been rumors about her for years.

Procrastibator said...

Kno Won, it's in my spank bank

auntliddy said...

On retrospect, dinah shore is good guess for 2. I forgot merle was Indian.

Frosty said...

1. Barbara Stanwyck
2. Ava Gardner
3. Rock Hudson and Brando.

Wen said...

Oh Riven, not Madeline. I loved her! Have you ever seen Happy Birthday, Gemini??

Mark said...

Loretta Young
Ava Gardner
Sal Mineo

abbiesgail said...

Maybe Ramon Novarro for 11 too. More famous for his death bc of Hollywood Babylon.

AJ said...

Hepburn for the the one who cursed out the reporter. I could absolutely see her doing this.

Sugar said...

Taffeta darling! Taffeta sweetheart! Noooo, the dress, it's taffeta! Wrinkles so easily....

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surfer said...

I was thinking Lana Turner or Jane Wyman for number 9 (they both appeared on Falcon Crest).

Galleon Hair said...
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Galleon Hair said...

9) Barbara Stanwyck.
10) Joan Crawford - Ava Gardner was part Native American Indian - my mother was a friend of hers and I grew up with her so I know a bit about Ava's life.
11) James Dean and Montgomery Clift

FrenchGirl said...

10/ ava gardner
http://trivia.whosdatedwho.com/tpx_4272/ava-gardner/trivia
11/James dean and Brando

delete account said...

Yep. They were both in Giant together.
Btw--am I the only one who always forgets that Liz Taylor was in that movie?

delete account said...

Ava Gardner for number 10. There's long been rumors about her.

AJ said...

Liz Taylor was so beautiful in Giant.

Riven said...

@Wen that's why I guessed her! She is my fav everything and I love all of her work. Girls these days grow up admiring Selena fucking Gomez which is a travesty. Madeline was not only classy and feisty, she was hilarious and could actually act, dance AND sing.

That lady had gumption.

I would have responded the same way to the question, it's incredibly misogynistic and insulting. Especially back in the day, women were only seen as arm candy and baby makers.

Oh wait. That's still current.

Leigh Lastname said...

9) Barbara Stanwyck for sure!

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MadLyb said...

9. Doris Day
10. Ava Gardner
11. James Dean and Rock Hudson

MadLyb said...

Changing #9 to match Galleon's guess. I think Barbara and Joan had something going on.

Glitter said...

That's not a rumor about Carol Channing. She has written and talked about her grandmother being an African American. I don't think 10 is CC.

MeanieRhysie said...

I'm swooning at the thought of James Dean and Errol Flynn...

Zach said...

I think Flora has got it! At least 1 and 3.

CindyK said...

9) Barbara Stanwyck
10) Ava Gardner or Dinah Shore
11) Rock Hudson

Zach said...

Maybe James Dean was too big even at the time to be "almost" A-list, hmm. Clift was probably A list then too, though.

Eros said...

@Glitter.. true but she did it when she was in her 80s /90s. Not sure how old she is/was but she was well advanced in age. The info I read on her also said there hasd been family secrets regarding african lineage but there were questions about whether her parent was being honest about her family's lineage. She was also married twice and it indicated she never told her spouses. Carol channing is a good fit for 10 imho.

Dexamyl said...

9 Stanwyck
10 Dinah Shore
11 James Dean and Brando. According to La Liz, Dean and Hudson never got along. Rock considered him unprofessional and hated him. I can also see Dean going after Clift.

sugarbread maker said...

Like ava Gardner for 10

rajahcat said...

11 James Dean

lulu said...

Clift supposedly had trouble getting it up because of his drinking so he qualifies for both pre-mature death & having an encounter with the A++ actor who didn't sing high praises

Snootches said...

THaT is quite the duo! I still swoon when I see Rock Hudson, le sigh. James Dean, notsomuch. He looks too much like Franco.

ClaireFrasier said...

10 I agree with the Carol Channing guesses. She didn't find out until very recently (say within the last 15 years or so). Or at least she didn't talk about it until then

RowdyRodimus said...

@Kno Won Uno I'm not Mr. X but my definition of Old Hollywood is anything pre-1960. That was the last time the actors and actresses were actual full threat entertainers. They could act, sing, dance, do drama, romance, comedy, adventure, everything.

The women were Bombshells and 95% of them blow away any of todays starlets in terms of looks and talent and even the gay men were manly men.

I was born in 1976 but everyone, including my parents say I was born decades too late.

PotPourri said...
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PotPourri said...

Sheesh!! Carsol Channing is still alive...Did not know that!!!!

kpist said...

@Procrastinator

Taffeta darling




kpist said...

@Procrastinator

Taffeta darling




Gloria Riesgo said...

1) Tallulah Bankhead

yellow said...

9) is not a blind Item. It's Stanwyck and the journalist was Boze Hadleigh. Common knowledge.

anon said...

Doris Day for the first one - huge movie star, then had her own TV show

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Maureen said...

9. Joan Crawford
10. Dinah Shore

Furriner said...

9. was Barbara Stanwyck. Boze Hadleigh in his book Hollywood Lesbians interviewed her about being a lesbian and, if I remember, she told him to get out of her house because he suggested her marriage to Robert Taylor was a sham. He kind of deserved it.

I never thought of Carol Channing as being a sex symbol but it does fit.

James Dean stalking Sir John Gielgud? I know he wasn't so nice in his stories about Dean.

Katie said...

Second the Raquel guess

Jeff Macauley said...

Dinah Shore for both 9 and 10.

Erik said...

9 could also be Myrna Loy.
10 no idea
11 is obviously Rock Hudson, with Cary Grant for the A++

Gypsytrill said...

10. Merle Oberon

Gypsytrill said...

10. Merle Oberon

Bubbles said...

10 is Ava Gardener as it's been rumored that she was passing for ages.

Also Carole Channing was never a sex symbol and she wrote about her racial heritage in her book so this is hardly a secret.