HOLLYWOOD 75 YEARS AGO TODAY
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.
WRITERS KEEP HUGE FAMILY
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.
ODD AND INTERESTING HOLLYWOOD GOSSIP
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’s… Madge Evans left with her mother to see the New York shows… Carole Lombard dining alone at the Brown Derby… Bruce 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 Casanova… Guinn (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 Dam… Randy 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.