Thursday, December 19, 2019

Blind Item #8 - Mr. X - Old Hollywood

She was only A-list for a brief period of time, mainly because she died young. An Oscar winner/nominee, she could do it all: actress, singer, comedienne, songwriter. She should have been bigger than she was, and who knows how big she would've become had she lived longer. Shortly after she won several awards for the movie she's best known for, she got caught up in the HUAC Communist witch hunts. Her name appeared in affiliation with far left leaning political groups that she was active with early in her career. She was interrogated and questioned by Joseph McCarthy's goons but she played dumb throughout this denying affiliations with these groups even though there was clear evidence that she was. She didn't name names like some celebrities did, and her career didn't suffer because of it mainly because the tyrannical head of the studio she was under contract to saw that she was a good egg (and he didn't like many people) Being a liberal at this time was dangerous, because you would automatically be labeled a Communist. One influential gossip columnist was an ally to McCarthy and smeared the actress every chance she could get in her column. The actress was pregnant at the time, so when the columnist heard she didn't name names she did the unthinkable. She hired people to anonymously call the actress and her husband and send her death threats including 'I hope you miscarry your baby' and 'I hope you die in childbirth'. Pure evil. Word got back to the studio head (who was mob connected) and he sent some pals to tell the columnist to lay off or else. The threats stopped. Shortly after this incident, the columnist and the actress ran into each other at an industry party. The actress brought along her son to show off to her friends, and the baby all of a sudden decided to poop in his diaper, right in front of the columnist. The actress told her, "that's what he thinks of you, and I agree".

34 comments:

MDAnderson said...

Judy Holliday ?

Tricia13 said...

Carol Landis?

Tricia13 said...

The Ping Girl for the film?

Rob Zero said...

Judy Holliday

https://backlots.net/2017/11/14/judy-holliday-and-the-hollywood-blacklist-testimony-to-siss-1952/

T. W. said...

Smart baby.

I wonder if the gossip columnist was Hedda Hopper.

T. W. said...

Wikipedia claims Holliday had an IQ of 172

veee said...

Why is this a blind item?

D Brown said...

Harry Cohn of Columbia for the allegedly mob related studio boss.

T. W. said...

@veee

I never heard of Judy Holliday before. I love Old Hollywood blind items. I’m not the only one.

Some of us weren’t alive during the Golden Age of Hollywood. Some of us have parents who weren’t even born until much later.

cheesegrater15 said...

TW, according to her wikipedia page, Hopper was famous for it. The bitch.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hedda_Hopper

T. W. said...

@cheesegrater15

Not surprised. I think everyone was afraid of her. No one should use power that way. I guess I’m an idealist.

I saw some of the Camilla Cabello racist posts. I hope her career goes down in flames.

SDaly said...

A mob-connected studio boss threatens the life of a journalist to protect a woman who lied to Congress because she could sing and dance!

Given that Communist infiltration of Hollywood was an actual fact, why is the actress the supposed hero?

Jed's Friend and Supporter said...

The delightful udy Holliday and horrible Hedda Hopper.
I drop whatever I'm doing to watch a Judy Holliday film.

cheesegrater15 said...

Because she wouldn't bow to their fascist tactics.

.robert said...

I'm with SDaly, time has shown that McCarthy was right.

Astra Worthington said...

Came here to say just that. McCarthy was a patriot and was absolutely right.

UUCP said...

The story screams “Judy Holliday”. RIP

cebii said...

@SDaly
because being a communist in the US has never been a crime - why were all of those people villainized?

marjorie said...

Bit of trivia re HeddaHopper. Her son, William Hopper, played Perry Mason's investigator. It's not what you know...

diana said...

Great story!

hairydawg said...

Judy was too good for Hollywood.
SDaly, the journalist was widely known to be illiterate.
hedda hopper is a hero to opinionated morons everywhere

Boo Kitty said...

Things existed before you were born, luv.

Boo Kitty said...

:poop:

Boo Kitty said...

Worth noting--since some are so bliasfully (arrogantly) ignorant: Being labeled a "communist" by anal-retentive nut jobs does not make it so.

The More You Know

DarylsBigFan said...


Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz were also accused of being Communist.
Almost lost their hit show.
Desi made an impassioned speech one Monday night on nationwide TV, about loving this country, Land of Opportunity, etc. He had to. They were about to lose everything.

Tracy said...

Liz Smith

Persiaa said...

Judy Holliday was delightful in Bells are Ringing (where she sang), The Solid Gold Cadillac, Born Yesterday, and a lot of other movies. She often played a dumb blonde who had more inner resources and smarts than given credit for.

Queen Daddy said...

Hedda Hopper or Louella Parsons for the gossip columnist.

SlimKeith said...

People should read more about Roy Cohen, Mccarthy's sidekick and henchman. A truly evil man, he took up Trump in the 70's, schooling him and becoming a kind of mentor. He's the one who taught Trump all about the press and Trump began developing his over the top, you can't touch me personna. A good documentary just came out this summer about Cohen, I'd suggest it.

MissDavie said...

The fact that some people were falsely labeled as Communists does not change the fact that there actually were Communists in the entertainment industry at the time actively working for the Communists.

JL said...

Trump’s mentor till Cohn got AIDS and Trump dropped him like a hot potato, despite all the fixes Cohn arranged for him. Trump has zero loyalty.

JL said...

And I bet you love Trump’s buddy Putin.

Tracy said...

Where's My Roy Cohn? He was heinous.

Lindsey said...

I'm always mesmerized by the sympathy for people who sided with a political movement that killed more than Hitler. Honestly. High IQ. No conscience.

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