Friday, May 05, 2017

Four For Friday - Buying Babies - Old Hollywood

Back in the day, Hollywood celebrities didn't want to go overseas to get their adopted children, they wanted American babies. They also didn't want to wait in line or complete any paperwork. If at all possible they also wanted a third party or even a fourth party in the middle of the whole process. Adoption agencies tended to talk and studios would have to pay off money to keep the adoption agencies quiet about the biological parents of babies that actors and actresses were adopting. What to do. Well, one studio decided to partner with an "adoption agency" in the south. Only thing was that it was not a normal adoption agency. Sure, the babies that came from them were properly documented as being adopted, but it was everything else that was not quite above board. The babies were bought. The agency paid the pregnant woman and then sold the baby to some Hollywood actor/actress for a profit. A significant profit. Sometimes they would buy a baby for $500 and sell the baby for as much as $10,000.

Anyway, there was this actor who was probably B list back in Old Hollywood. He also wrote a bunch of songs. A bunch as in several hundred so he was a singer/songwriter too. He specialized in Westerns and even had a lot of other talents that made him money. He volunteered a lot with children but after the third or fourth parent complained about his touching their kids, he decided to find a different way to get kids. He found this agency through a very good friend of his who was an A+ list mostly movie actress. The next thing you know, our actor bought five kids over the years, all of them molested and abused throughout their entire childhood. Our actor died at a relatively young age and it is said one of his kids killed him.

49 comments:

MontanaMarriott said...

A+ List actress Joan Crawford??

sandybrook said...

Smiley Burnette

Salaam said...

The A+ is Esther Williams - this was hinted at in "Hail Caesar".

MontanaMarriott said...

+10000000000

Salaam said...

Sorry, I meant Loretta Young - ScarJos chaacter was based on Esther, but her sotry was based on Loretta. Damn, you cannot edit something here once you type it.

sandybrook said...

No-- he fits for the adopted children and dying fairly young but it's said he died from keukemia

Marci1379 said...

Roy Rogers

Simon said...

Kris kristopherson?

Simon said...

New mind, he's still alive

Udsctb said...

Roy Rogers lived to a ripe old age. Not him.

just sayin\' said...

roy rogers mostly fits but he lived to be 86, so didn't die exactly young.

Jessicail said...

Art Accord, who died of poisoning in Mexico.

Joan Crawford, smililng brunette who famously bought her kids.

Salaam said...

There's the leukemia story, but there's also stories that Smiley Burnette killed himself before he got too ill from the leukemia.

just sayin\' said...

if true, great sleuthing, because who's ever heard of art accord????lol definitely crawford for the actress, of course.

just sayin\' said...

sorry marci, didn't see your post

just sayin\' said...

anyone named "smiley" pings my pedo-dar.

sandybrook said...

I saw that too Salaam. I'm confused, he fits this blind perfectly except for cause of death. And I can't find anyone else to come close.

Lurky McLurkster said...

Tex Ritter (John Ritter's dad).

NoseyNeighbor said...

Georgia Tann operated the Tennessee Children's Home Society from the 1920s to 1950s.

NoseyNeighbor said...

Joan Crawford was one of her clients.

sandybrook said...

No songwriting credits or children listed? He did rodeo and mining.

sandybrook said...

The way this is going today " a cowboy dying fairly young "could be a 70 yr. Old because most of them lived till 80s or 90s?

Salaam said...

Fully agree, Sandybrook. I like him for this. But the cause of death is murky, which is odd.

Guesser said...

In the Wikipedia I looked up there was no mention of his children, even though they are mentioned elsewhere. Maybe they disowned him . It could be he was denied medical treatment by one of his children, or given poison when he was taking medicine. O even,since there were suicide rumors,assisted suicide. He did have leukemia, but that doesn't mean he died directly from it.

police dog said...

he should have been killed sooner.

rapist should be raped as punishment. (and if they go to jail, they are daily)

thats the end of it. justice behind bars because predators get bent over and a taste of their own evil.

dianavonthirstybird said...

Loretta Young, a devoted Catholic, managed to get knocked up by her co-star, Clark Gable. She hid her pregnancy (you could in those days) and only told her daughter when the daughter was grown. Ms. Young lived to be quite old and spent her golden years in Palm Springs doing daily charity work.

jojo said...

Innocent children.May the molestors burn.WHY is the asshole NO NAMED? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1131282/The-Hollywood-Baby-Snatcher-The-sinister-story-woman-stole-children-sold-stars.html

8==D KermitGosnellKnobJob said...

I will never read john le carré the same again, or watch the movies based in his books.

Dave S. said...

I agree--supporting evidence here:
https://books.google.com/books?id=sBZwAwAAQBAJ&pg=PA33&dq=Smiley+Burnette+children&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjSnp3LztnTAhUIw2MKHQXFCaQ4ChDoAQhNMAg#v=onepage&q=Smiley%20Burnette%20children&f=false

Guesser said...

Yes,but it seemed like everyone knew,they would make remarks about her "adopting" a baby with big ears. Supposedly, Clark visited her in secret.

sydguy said...

Not him. He only had two sons

Hot Cola said...

Amen.
Hallelujah

sydguy said...

I think B-list is the key here. I think it might be Rex Allen who died in the road accident. I'm not sure if being 77 is relatively young. Maybe comparing to other popular western singers/songwriters. He had 5 kids.

OKay said...

Well...actually, most molesters were in fact abused themselves. They're just as scarred and damaged as any of their victims. I'm not providing excuses, but perhaps an explanation.

Ettacettera said...

Now they just hire women to have babies for them and hide until the kids are photo worthy

Hothotheat said...

Edna Gladney Home in Fort Worth. Famous baby sellers since 1887.

Frank said...

Several of his kids run his website, manage his estate, and control his business, so they aren't estranged.

Brian said...

In what universe would anyone call a 77 year old relatively young?

B626 said...

Plenty of buying babies in current Hwood too.

Shimi said...

Oh I was so proud of my sleuthing skills I was about to post the same, haha. Here's another link:

https://www.joancrawfordbest.com/articlememphis95.htm

Jennifer said...

The A list actress is definitely Joan Crawford. Not sure who the guy is....

newtotheparty said...

Could be Hoyt Axton. Actor in Westerns, singer/songwriter, was 61 when he died, five children. Don't know about the A-List actress though.

http://www.nytimes.com/1999/10/27/arts/hoyt-axton-61-songwriter-singer-and-actor-in-movies.html

French girl said...

He adopted 4 children. Not 5. And more his children manage his memorial

JabroniMaloney said...

Not sure why you were down voted because this is true. As for the agency, it's highly well known that Georgia Tann sound baby's to movie stars.

JabroniMaloney said...

While this blind is fun and all, I'll bet good money the answer is what no one is expecting and none of the clues will fit.

DebK said...

I believe you're right. If you search, you will find an article on mudcat.org regarding his son being arrested for trying to kidnap a 9 year old. Sexual abuse victims usually try to perpetuate the abuse.

Rocky said...

Whoever the Monster was...I hope he's being tortured in the same way he tortured those innocent kids.

Noodles said...

Smiley Burnett and his wife adopted 4 children from Tennessee and died of leukemia - everything else fits

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