Hollywood’s First Scandal

HOLLYWOOD HISTORY

‘Fatty’ Arbuckle and Hollywood’s first scandal

 

 

By Jude Sheerin
BBC News, Washington

 

Guests to San Francisco’s Westin St Francis Hotel still ask to see the room where an infamous bootleg-booze-soused party took place 90 years ago.

 

The management are happy to show visitors the suite, if it’s unoccupied, but they don’t know exactly what happened in there on Labor Day in 1921 – no-one does.

 

One thing is clear: In Room 1219 that afternoon, an actress by the name of Virginia Rappe was screaming in agony on a bed.

 

Later that week she was dead.

 

And the man charged with her death was Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, Hollywood’s first one-million-dollar star.

 

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2 Responses to “Hollywood’s First Scandal”

  1. Michael Miller says:

    I have read a lot of material on this subject and from many people who were interviewed who were around at the time, and it seems that Virginia Rappe had a very bad reputation, as a girl who slept around a lot, laid everything but the linoleum so to speak, and was suffering the after affects of a botched abortion when attending the Arbuckle party at the St. Francis Hotel. Perhaps her reputation has been embellished through time by rumor, but there seems to be a large amount of evidence showing that she was well, a slut.

  2. Scatter says:

    A fascinating case……..there seems little doubt that Arbuckle was innocent, and that a tremendous talent was quarantined from the public unjustly. Such a sad tale.

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