Saturday, July 19, 2014

Blind Items Revealed - Old Hollywood

April 4, 2014

During her brief time in the US, this foreign born entertainer was probably B-list with A-list name recognition. In her native country, she was probably A+ list. She was also the inspiration for one of the most iconic advertising characters ever. When she first came over to the US to start a new phase of her career, she brought something else with her: a cocaine habit. After she came to Hollywood for the first time, her drug dealer came with her. Between takes, she would go to her dealer who was waiting nearby her dressing room and she had her daily snorts. The cocaine was definitely a factor in her unexpectedly premature death, because she had an underlying heart condition that even her doctor didn't know about.

Carmen Miranda

21 comments:

sugarbread maker said...

Ooh. Let the gossip begin

Gossip-Monster said...

I like the Chloe/Cleo tie on this guess!

Steampunk Jazz said...

I guess everyone's reading the original blind...

Ray Nicolet said...

It was a fun read :)

auntliddy said...

Awwww, sad. And i dont mind any of these even if from hollywood babylon. Not everyone had read it. Its all good.

ItsCourtneyD said...

What's the Hollywood Babylon? Sorry I'm dumb.

Amanda Groff said...

It's a book

selenakyle said...

I heard this years ago. Something about a secret stash compartment in her stack heels.

Chiquita bananas!!!

skippy said...

Hollywood Babylon is a fantastic read. There are actually 2 books.
Old Hollywood blinds are brilliant.
I've been here since Timmy/Shimmy.
People were very fortunate that there was no internet .
Oh the scandals & cover ups.

Jessica Larson said...

Your library probably has a copy. The author collected some old HW gossip &published them.

Because Carmen died young & was from South America the gossip was she was a drug addict.

ItsCourtneyD said...

Thank you all! I'll have to check it out!

skippy said...

Courtney, the books were written by Kenneth Anger's.
No idea why his surname appears like this.
Perhaps he/she has always been a bit scared.

shopgirl said...

Timmy/shimmy was the best. Good times.

__-__=__ said...

Loved Timmy/Shimmy. Found the book related to the blind, amazing story. Loaned it out and it's gone now. Enjoy all the Old HW blinds! Sad about Carmen. I don't remember this from HW Babylon - which makes this blind even better.

skippy said...

All the best books never get returned.
Have you read And the ass saw the angel? nic cave.

Paint Chips said...

Carmen would have been such fun to hang out with.

crazynail mom said...

Delurking to say...

Take Hollywood Babylon with a grain of salt. It's a LOT of BS sprinkled with few facts. It's a deliciously dirty read...make no mistake. As far as accuracy, it's the National Enquirer of old Hollywood lore.

Carry on...

Aoife said...

I love Old Hollywood blinds!

Persiaa said...

Aoife said...

I love Old Hollywood blinds!


As do I. It's more fun to read about real stars than reality show idiots.
Give me Clark Gable and Carole Lombard dish any time.

Anna Katherine Nonymous said...

Love old Hollywood Blinds too! Good to know things weren't as squeaky clean as they seemed.

CindyK said...

Timmy/Shimmy got me hooked on this site!