Classic Movie Review by Ellen Bunton
(and her eager assistant, Meatball)
A Regular Monthly Feature
The first Wednesday of the month.
Wednesday March 2 2016
Now, get your minds out of the gutter, I’m talking about entertainers related to one another.
I am sure you’ve heard of Drew Barrymore. She is the daughter of John Drew Barrymore (1932-2004) and the granddaughter of the famous Shakespearean actor John Barrymore (1882-1942), known as the Great Profile.
Her great aunt was Oscar winning actress Ethel Barrymore (1879-1959). Her great uncle, Oscar winner Lionel Barrymore (1878-1954), kept acting even when arthritis kept him in a wheelchair.
Another family were the Redgraves. Born in England, Sir Michael Redgrave (1908-1985) was father to Vanessa, winner of the 1977 Best Actress Oscar for “Julia”. Her sister was Lynn Redgrave (1943-2010) who played the title role in “Georgy Girl” in 1966.
English actor, Sir John Mills (1908-2005), was father to actress Juliet Mills as well as younger sister Haley Mills who starred in Disney movies, including the original “The Parent Trap” in 1961.
Three generations of Hustons were Oscar winners. Walter Huston (1883-1950) won Best Supporting Actor in 1948’s “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre”, as son John Huston (1906-1987) won for the same film for Best Director and Best Screenplay. Later, in 1985, John’s daughter Angelica Huston would win Best Supporting Actress in “Prizzi’s Honor”.
Born in NYC in the late 1880’s they started out as Leonard, Adolph, Julius and Herbert but you probably know them better as Chico, Harpo, Groucho, and Zeppo, the Marx Brothers.
Moe and Curly Howard of the Three Stooges were brothers born as Horowitz, and Shemp Howard would occasionally appear with them in their early days.
Some families get together in the business. Lucille Ball (1911-1989) met Cuban Desi Arnaz (1917-1986) as they both started out in Hollywood. They would eventually own the lot that they started out on as contract players. They couldn’t say “pregnant ” on the “I Love Lucy” show when Lucy was carrying Desi Jr., so they used the French word ENCEINTE instead!
Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds gave the world “Princess Leia” from “Star Wars” only they called her Carrie.
Jennifer Jones (1919-2009) married Robert Walker ( 1918-1951) and Robert Walker Jr. could play his father in films he looks so much like him.
Also, Alan Hale Jr., the Skipper from “Gilligan’s Island” had a father in movies who was the Skipper with a mustache.
Michael Douglas is starting to look more and more like his dad Kirk.
This is a real life story straight out of Hollywood, pun intended. Clark Gable (1901-1960) and Loretta Young (1913-2000) made “The Call of the Wild” in 1935, and that’s not all they “made”. Soon after filming, Loretta went to Europe and took some time off and later adopted a child even though she was unmarried at the time. Rumors circulated that the child, named Judy, was really Loretta’s and Clark’s.
Judy Lewis ( her acting name) appeared mainly on soap operas and didn’t realize the truth until she confronted her mother as an adult. Neither Loretta nor Clark ever publicly acknowledged the child but when Loretta’s autobiography was published posthumously she admitted that Judy was Clark’s child.
Can’t top that so I think I’ll close.