75 years ago today in Hollywood


Around and About in Hollywood




By Read Kendall
Los Angeles Times
April 1, 1936


That Frances Drake-Howard Hughes romance seems to be getting to the serious stage.


The Texas millionaire appears to be smitten by the little brunette screen actress. Hughes is now in New York waiting for favorable weather to try for another transcontinental air record and even though they are separated by some 3,000 miles, Miss Drake isn’t forgotten.


Hughes calls her every night on the telephone and talks for half an hour. In addition he sends plenty of telegrams.



Hollywood is going to have another set of twins if a predicition made yesterday by a doctor proves correct.


Within a short time the stork is scheduled to pay a visit to Alan Dinehart and Mozelle Brittone and her physician says it will be twins. Twins were born to the Bing Crosbys and the Richard Dixes.



It begins to look like the Lyle Talbot-Thelma White romance will result in an engagement.



A hobby started twenty years ago proved to be worth lots of money to Douglass Dumbrille. Yesterday he was rummaging through some things at his home when he came across a collection of Canadian and British Dominion stamps which he started as a child.


A prominent philatelist appraised the collection and said it was worth $4,000.



Now that she has completed her last R-K-O picture, The Witness Chair, Ann Harding is closing her business affairs to go to England to make a picture. She will take her daughter Jane with her. The will be absent for several months.



Seventeen orphan kiddies whose ages range from three months to seventeen years, have been “adopted” by a group of writers from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The children live in the San Fernando Valley and recently lost their mother and father.


The writers who are watching out for the welfare of the brood are, Florence Ryerson, Edgar Allen Woolf, Albert Hackett, Gladys Hurlburt and Maxine Watkins.



Something of Warren William’s past bobbed up yesterday when Miss A. M. McMullin, his high school teacher from Minnesota, visited him at the Warner studio. Miss McMullin said that William was a brilliant scholar and always took a leading part in the school plays.



Jean Harlow isn’t sorry that she changed her hair from platinum blond to light brown. This summer she will be able to wear colors and her wardrobe will contain a number of gowns of red, her favorite hue.


Yesterday Miss Harlow started out on a shopping tour for her summer garments, favoring pastel shades. Heretofore she has always worn white on account of her platinum tresses.



Ross Alexander is the latest member of the film colony to join the back-to-the-soil movement. He is moving from his Hollywood home to a ten-acre ranch in the San Fernando Valley near Encino, taking with him his goats, dogs, ducks, chickens and other pets.


In Encino he will have such celebrated neighbors as Al Jolson and Ruby Keeler, Leslie Fenton and Ann Dvorak, Edward Everett Horton, Barbara MacLane, Louise Fazenda and others.



Heather Angel’s mother is visiting from England… Virginia Bruce is learning to play the organ… Walter Abel lost his good luck penny on the set at M-G-M and a few minutes later he stumbled over a light cable and sprained an ankle… Errol Flynn and Lily Damita dining at Sardi’sMadge Evans left with her mother to see the New York shows… Carole Lombard dining alone at the Brown DerbyBruce Cabot is taking a group of friends on a deep sea fishing expedition… William Boyd and Dorothy Sebastian are moving into their beach home at Malibu for the summer… Marlene Dietrich and Willis Goldbeck at the Troc… Ben Bard is opening his new playhouse on April 21… Cy Bartlett and Nancy Carroll dined at Levy’s Tavern and then went out to the CasanovaGuinn (Big Boy) Williams received a scrapbook from a fan containing clipping dating back to his first appearance on the screen with Will Rogers in 1921… Claire Trevor is visiting Hoover DamRandy Scott, Roscoe Karns, Frank Forest and Benny Baker take daily workouts in the Paramount gymnasium, a barn-like building in which Cecil B. De Mille made his first picture, The Squaw Man.



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2 Responses to “75 years ago today in Hollywood”

  1. Maggie-beth says:

    I LOVE the picture of HH with Frances Drake – thanks SO much for posting this! Frances Drake was a dear friend of mine in her later years. She is buried at Hollywood Forever, btw, just up from Errol Flynn and in front of the GM. She spoke of Howard Hughes when I would get her talking about her career. He liked her far more than she liked him, but she said he was an interesting man, and a nice one, who wrote lovely notes and sent gorgeous flowers and thoughtful gifts. She retired after ten years and about 22 films (although she came back 2 years after her retirement for one more film) when she married a British aristocrat who did not want her to work. They had a long and happy marriage, but I think she missed making movies sometimes. She started out as a dancer in England (although she was born in Canada), and was brought to the US by a studio, who tried to change her name from Frances Dean (too close to actress Frances Dee, they thought) to Mirielle something (can’t remember, but it also started with an “M” and sounded French.) She hated it, so the captain of the ship on which she was sailing the the US suggested “Frances Drake”, and the studio agreed to it . Her first movie was Bolero with George Raft – as a dancer. Her most famous role was as Eponine in Les Miserables with Frederic March. Even after her retirement, she and her husand remained in S. California in a beautiful home at the top of Beverly Hills (and I do mean the TOP – it was a major climb high up above Pickfair!) She was a charming, intelligent, lovely and kind woman who remained beautiful inside and out until her death.

    …just remembered the other name – Morelle. Mirielle Morelle. Strange, because she was not French – or even French Canadian!

  2. Anne says:

    Being a movie magazine reading fan, I enjoyed reading Hollywood 75 Years Ago. Thanks for keeping the wonderful Hollywood fantasies alive.

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