Friday, October 04, 2019

Four For Friday - The Substitute - Old Hollywood

Earlier this week, I was doing some pro bono work for some elderly people at a senior facility. One of the people I helped was wondering about royalties for some movies she appeared in back in the 50's. It was a question I hadn't expected. Most of the time the questions are about benefits or being scammed or bill collectors. Of course, me being me, I had to ask a lot of questions. She loved talking about it and I listened to her for a good fifteen minutes talk about her career and studio life. I then laughed and asked her if she knew any good scandals or gossip that occurred back then. I fully expected her to say no, nothing exciting. Umm, I was wrong. She then proceeded to tell me about an A list Academy Award winner who, when he made it big, killed the wife he had brought to Hollywood with him and dumped her body into a lake, which is near, what is now, Six Flags.

He then told the studio he was single and never been married and that is what all the tabloids reported too. Well, as our actor was becoming a huge star, the police came calling. The actor told the studio about it and the studio made it all go away. They then brought in an actress and told her she was going to marry the actor. How did she know this? She was the actress brought in to marry the guy. The police did what they did back then and told the family of the person killed, that it had been an accidental drowning. 

53 comments:

sandybrook said...

I wanted to say Brando because he would do this, but I cant make him fit...

MontanaMarriott said...
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atoukzug said...

Kinda confused.

You were giving her (pro bono) legal advice, thus making you her lawyer of record, and you go on to post about her involvement in a murder (accessory after the fact), conspiracy (in the cover-up of a capital offense) and maybe other now admitted crimes?

MontanaMarriott said...

Karl Malden?

Guesser said...

I think you are going too big with the answers,not a permanent A lister, but someone big at the time,probably a romantic lead type,otherwise,why care if he is married?

Moose said...
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Alf Landon said...

Karl was married in 1938 and stayed married

sandybrook said...

George Chakiris? He's never been married and it doesnt say this woman actually married him.

MontanaMarriott said...

Awww ok I was looking for someone who only married once since he murdered the first wife I thought it was to hide the fact that he was ever married from the public.

Unknown said...

I'm sorry but I make it a point not to read anything about that little arrogant shit Bono.

Brayson87 said...

Let's google old actors with drowned wives who could be woven into a murder conspiracy.

s.s. said...

atoukzug --you have no idea what you are talking about, a woman hearing a second or third-hand rumor of a murder and not reporting it does not make her 'involved' nor an 'accessory'.

Stupid

gauloise said...

Sandy, it does seem Chakiris is the only one who fits who rose up at that time. He seems so mellow though.

sandybrook said...

gauloise I always thought he was gay, but he fits...

Unknown said...

Robert Wagner: "What a piece of shit!"

Brayson87 said...

Dammit, Natalie Wood's stuff clogs up looking for the wife.

Alf Landon said...

Malden's wife was not an actress

atoukzug said...

She said SHE was the one brought in by the studio to marry the actor, and she stated she knew why. That's pretty direct admission that she knew the who and the shy of the murder.

People have been convicted for a lot less.

But the point wasn't her admission to her presumptive lawyer, it was about the lawyer announcing it to the world.

Unknown said...

Prosecutors would not have been able to compel her to testify, since she was his wife.

Longtallsally said...

Yul Brynner?

Brayson87 said...

Maybe she told Enty that he could, she's on the way out anyway. Also supposedly the police helped cover up the crime, so good chance getting any charges related to the murder to stick.

NancyFromNebraska said...

betty white

MeliticusBee said...

General concensus is that george chakiris is gay...
plus - his career started when he was in his teens in the late 40s but didn't "take off" until he was in West Side Story in London for almost 2 years then the movie...in 1961.

so...unless she was in movies which would produce royalties...BEFORE she was supposed to marry the murderous star in the 1960s, this can't really be him according to timeline.

Rosie riveter said...

+1000


Alf Landon said...

Nicholson?
Actress/wife Sandra Knight

K9H20 said...

No guesses on the actor, but maybe Pyramid lake?

Mooney said...

Lake chabot

Angela said...

Young man, married to a plain wife, dreams of making it big, has a shot in Hollywood, drowns wife in a lake...

The actress basically regurgitated the plot to A Place in the Sun to Enty...

Traitorhater said...

Oh, please don't impugn George Chakiris. I have met him on several occasions and he is an incredibly good man. He is not only physically beautiful, but a wonderfully beautiful person through and through. He would never even remotely hurt anyone in lesser ways than this. I am not going to comment on his personal life, only to say that I believe he lives true to himself and others.

Unknown said...

Shatner?

ivanahump said...

Loved streets of San Francisco and had a huge crush on a young Michael Douglas

KnitWit said...

Clark Gable?

Gerbil S Sac said...

So much for attorney-client confidentiality huh?

Paul Bearer said...

Maximilian Schell?

Lynn said...

I think this is meant to be Brando, and the woman is one of his early Hollywood girlfriends, maybe Virginia Leith. Her movies play on TV a lot.

dot said...

Sounds like a dotty old actress who has confused her life with the plot from A Place In The Sun.

Flashy Vic said...

"Earlier this week, I was doing some pro bono work for some elderly people at a senior facility.


Once a janitor...eh, Enty?

Angela said...

This can't be Brando, given that he was never under contract to a particular studio.

Anyway, outside of the A Place in the Sun thing or Enty breaking the attorney-client confidentiality, there are lots of plot holes in this one. For instance, why would the family of the dead wife believe the version by the police? She had been missing for months, they most likely knew who her husband was, and they never tried to contact her or him, even when the tabloids reported that he was single?

The Old Hollywood blind items have really gone downhill since Enty is out of Hollywood Babylon material to rip off...

DarylsBigFan said...

I tried Bing Crosby or Jerry Lewis, but they don't seem to fit

noellebebe said...

This could be Ryan O'Neal, but he isn't dead yet so it's not a good idea to mention it. Furthermore "love means never needing to say you're sorry" would be his built-in justification. Dustin Hoffman has been reputed to be quite the little s.o.b. but might not have the heft to dump a dead body into a lake.

Then there's always Martin Landau, not to mention Gig Young. Even Gerard Depardieu comes to mind, although in recent decades his only true love has been epicurean gluttony. Richard Gere seems to have always been a secretive schmuck but is known to prefer mountains to lakes. He could never afford to risk getting his hairdonwet, either.

noellebebe said...

That was supposed to say "getting his hairdo wet" but evidently the sentence tried to attempt getting a hard-on.

DarylsBigFan said...

George C Scott had a bad reputation.
His wife, actress Trish VanDeVere would be in her late 70's now

PI530 said...

This news has been around for ages. Now it makes sense why it never goes far, cuz the police were involved

Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood-how sad. But I didn't know he remarried again.

Sook said...

Closest lake to Six Flags is Castaic.

DarylsBigFan said...

@pi530
It is NOT Robert Wagner. Never won an Oscar; and he did not 'Bring his wife to Hollywood'.
Natalie was a star since she was a teenager; she was a bigger star than Wagner.
Really wish that people would read the blind and do a minute of research before tossing out answer.

Miss_proper said...

According to the timeline this happened in the 1950's she was old enough to be in movies at that time. That was at least 60 to 70 years ago. If she was 18 in movies at that time that makes her 78-88 or so years old. I think she is a bit old to be married to a bunch of the guesses. Gere, Oneal, etc. The actor would likely be older than that as he was established and all. He is likely dead.

Just reasoning out things.

MichiganMama59 said...

Keep visiting that lady~

God Bless you for doing pro bono for our seasoned citizens

Heels Down said...

George C Scott could fit. He was married to his (maybe) first wife Carolyn Hughes from 1951-1955. She is credited with roles in films I’ve never heard of that all came in the late 50’s after her divorce from George.

Don't Mind Me... said...

@DarylsBigFan: if that were the case, this place would be nearly empty

Val said...

I'm amazed at all the people saying this story is a ripoff of A Place in the Sun. Have you ever heard of Wikipedia, people? Read the plot synopsis, it has nothing to do with anyone making it big in Hollywood.

Eye Ball said...

How about Steve McQueen and Nelle Adams? He was an up and comer more likely to have had studio attention than Nicholson. His background is sketchy enough I can imagine him for this. What I can't get is how you marry a man you know is a murderer. Altho the blind doesn't actually say the person went through with it.

Bubbles said...

Angela, except in A Place in the Sun, they weren't married were they,she was knocked up out of wedlock and he killed her so he could marry Liz Taylor, not to say he was single.

And Anzagouk or whatever your name is, she knows because she was brought in to marry him but it doesn't say she was told at the time why she was brought in to marry him. She very well could have found out decades later.

shakey said...

Maybe the blind is a red herring to say this woman was in A Place In The Sun.

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