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by oscotto
June 24th, 2013, 7:53 pm
Forum: Archived Guest Stars
Topic: Scott O'Brien Q & A on Ruth Chatterton
Replies: 62
Views: 14455

Re: Welcome To Scott O'Brien!

Moira – Fellow authors have been good about helping to hunt down individuals who may have met or knew these stars. To locate the children of Ruth’s favorite cousin Olive, I began with a 1903 news clipping which detailed Ruth’s appearance as maid of honor at her aunt Miriam Reed’s wedding. Using the ...
by oscotto
June 24th, 2013, 1:04 pm
Forum: Archived Guest Stars
Topic: Scott O'Brien Q & A on Ruth Chatterton
Replies: 62
Views: 14455

Re: Welcome To Scott O'Brien!

Moira - I like that story, too. Dressler pointed out to scenarist Frances Marion that Ruth’s “formal education” was Broadway. She recalled Ruth and her mother Tilly trudging around New York in the summer heat, going from one agency to another. This was probably around 1910 after Dressler returned fr...
by oscotto
June 23rd, 2013, 8:00 pm
Forum: Archived Guest Stars
Topic: Scott O'Brien Q & A on Ruth Chatterton
Replies: 62
Views: 14455

Re: Welcome To Scott O'Brien!

Hi Jezebel … it’s a pleasure to return to SSO. The Chatterton-Forbes romance eventually turned into a brother-sister relationship (that's exactly how they described it themselves). They remained life-long friends. They did several plays together in the 1940’s and had a great success touring in Priva...
by oscotto
June 23rd, 2013, 7:29 pm
Forum: Archived Guest Stars
Topic: Scott O'Brien Q & A on Ruth Chatterton
Replies: 62
Views: 14455

Re: Welcome To Scott O'Brien!

Wendy – Ruth got her start on the stage out of necessity. Her parents had divorced. Her mother had gone through the principal of her inheritance. Ruth’s father had declared a few bankruptcies. Ruth stated that her father was “entirely useless.” Ruth was ambitious. When I talked with her cousin Brend...
by oscotto
June 23rd, 2013, 3:39 pm
Forum: Archived Guest Stars
Topic: Scott O'Brien Q & A on Ruth Chatterton
Replies: 62
Views: 14455

Re: Welcome To Scott O'Brien!

Wendy – spot on observations. I think Chatterton’s portrayal of Fran is deeply human. However unwilling (as you mention) we can all see a bit of Fran Dodsworth in ourselves. When Astor takes Fran aside and gently says, “My dear, don’t.”—the look on their faces says it all. If there is a bad guy, it’...
by oscotto
June 23rd, 2013, 2:07 pm
Forum: Archived Guest Stars
Topic: Scott O'Brien Q & A on Ruth Chatterton
Replies: 62
Views: 14455

Re: Welcome To Scott O'Brien!

Hello Erik, I was unable to locate a copy of A Royal Divorce , so I’m a bit envious. I have no way of giving it a fresh assessment. Ruth did a tremendous amount of research in preparation– she spent three months in France visiting all the places connected with Napoleon and Josephine. Unfortunately, ...
by oscotto
June 23rd, 2013, 1:34 pm
Forum: Archived Guest Stars
Topic: Scott O'Brien Q & A on Ruth Chatterton
Replies: 62
Views: 14455

Re: Welcome To Scott O'Brien!

Jack – Pleased to hear you enjoyed my books. My top favorite films of Chatterton? Dodsworth , Anybody’s Woman , Lilly Turner , Frisco Jenny , and Female . William Wellman and Ruth initially locked horns on the set of Frisco … , but, as Wellman put it, “We became nothing but pals. We made a helluva p...
by oscotto
June 23rd, 2013, 12:29 pm
Forum: Archived Guest Stars
Topic: Scott O'Brien Q & A on Ruth Chatterton
Replies: 62
Views: 14455

Re: Welcome To Scott O'Brien!

Christy – I always enjoy finding credits that have been overlooked by other biographers. One of Chatterton’s last stage roles was as Countess Aurelia in The Madwoman of Chaillot . From 1947-1958 she appeared almost annually in a production of The Little Foxes . Ruth was guest on the Arlene Francis T...
by oscotto
June 23rd, 2013, 12:22 pm
Forum: Archived Guest Stars
Topic: Scott O'Brien Q & A on Ruth Chatterton
Replies: 62
Views: 14455

Re: Welcome To Scott O'Brien!

Moira - Thanks for the opportunity to dive into the remarkable Ruthie (as many of her close friends called her). As far as her success in Talkies and Pre-Code films: Chatterton’s articulate voice was easy on the ears and recognized as a godsend for Paramount. Producer Jesse L. Lasky gloated over his...
by oscotto
December 9th, 2012, 8:37 pm
Forum: Archived Guest Stars
Topic: Q & A for Dana Andrews' Biographer, Carl Rollyson
Replies: 77
Views: 16876

Re: Q & A for Dana Andrews' Biographer

Thank you Carl, for sharing the Dana Andrews story with such amazing depth and insight. From what you have had to say I can appreciate the man and the actor Dana Andrews. "Best Years of Our Lives" "Fallen Angel" Ox-Bow Incident" --- he never failed to impress. I remember goi...
by oscotto
October 26th, 2012, 10:14 pm
Forum: Archived Guest Stars
Topic: All About Ayres: The Q & A with Lew Ayres' Biographer
Replies: 74
Views: 13526

Re: All About Ayres: The Q & A with Lew Ayres' Biographer

Thank you Lesley for your informative replies to my questions regarding Ayers C.O. status and marriage to Ginger Rogers. You've piqued my interest! I've always liked the fun little musical he did with Alice Faye, SHE LEARNED ABOUT SAILORS. Didn't Ayers also connect (musically) to Alice's future husb...
by oscotto
October 26th, 2012, 11:14 am
Forum: Archived Guest Stars
Topic: All About Ayres: The Q & A with Lew Ayres' Biographer
Replies: 74
Views: 13526

Re: All About Ayres: The Q & A with Lew Ayres' Biographer

Welcome Leslie, and congratulations on completing Ayers compelling story. I've been reading Ralph Bellamy's autobiography and, I quote, "Lew Ayers ... had some difficulty with the draft board about being a conscientious objector." I was wondering what the difficulty was. Bellamy mentioned ...
by oscotto
May 5th, 2011, 10:51 am
Forum: The People of Film
Topic: ANN HARDING
Replies: 57
Views: 6879

Re: ANN HARDING

Fernando, I thought you would enjoy reading what Ann's niece Dorothy and her daughter Fay (Ann's grandniece) had to say about the interview you translated. I had also sent them a couple of photos from Double Harness . Ann's sister Edith apparently had the same affinity for Spanish as Ann! The messag...
by oscotto
April 30th, 2011, 10:09 pm
Forum: The People of Film
Topic: ANN HARDING
Replies: 57
Views: 6879

Re: ANN HARDING

Fernando ... you have done a splendid job of translating this wonderful interview. Thanks so much! "Amazon Ann!" She certainly had an earthiness about her. I loved reading about her passion for and ability to speak the Spanish language. It is too bad that the powers that be kept her from f...

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