Classic Movie Review: Hollywood Relations

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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

 2016   🎉


Hollywood Relations

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.dynasties_01 

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.Unknown


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.


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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!amd_lucy-desi 

Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds gave the world “Princess Leia” from “Star Wars” only they called her Carrie.Princess Leia 1

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.c7ecb35174240a4d0d6dacac44983879

 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.

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4 Responses to "Classic Movie Review: Hollywood Relations"
  1. Alison Daniels says:

    What a fun article. It made me start thinking about all the generations of actors and actresses. Henry Fonda and his children Peter and Jane came to mind along with granddaughter Bridget who was named after Margaret Sullavan’s daughter (and Henry was once married to Margaret). Ingrid Bergman and her daughter Isabella. Douglas Fairbanks Sr. and Junior. It is always fun to look for the family resemblances. Thanks again Ellen for a fun read.

  2. Jane Riley says:

    Very interesting to read about Hollywood families. So many generations in the biz.

  3. Your reviews have me rethinking all of mine.

  4. Mitzy says:

    You are as visually keen as you are verbally interesting! the obvious -must have- profile for “Profile” aside – what great photos! What would the grandfather think of Charlie’s Angels leaping about? One’s childhood crush on Clark Gable! How could we be mistaken when a man says the word “damn!” or “hell” or whatever it was! Is the earth quaking? How fascinating that we (as well as our grandmothers who did as well) prefer to follow these characters we (think we) know in our living rooms, on our weekends, walk to the theatre. Thank you for lots of introspective thoughts as well as the secrets. OH, and the cat assistant! I don’t even like cats (allergic) , but I like YOUR cat! The reviewer is brilliant with the photo.

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