Hollywood Stories: Short, Entertaining Anecdotes about the Stars and Legends of the Movies
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Just when you thought you've heard it all about Hollywood, comes a completely original new book. Hollywood Stories: Short, Entertaining Anecdotes about the Stars and Legends of the Movies by Stephen Schochet, contains a timeless treasure trove of colorful vignettes featuring an amazing all-star cast. This includes: John Wayne, Charlie Chaplin, Walt Disney, Jack Nicholson, Johnny Depp, Shirley Temple, Marilyn Monroe, Marlon Brando, Errol Flynn, and many others.
A special blend of biography, history, and lore, Hollywood Stories is full of humorous , engaging, and illuminating tales often with unexpected endings. Sometimes people won't realize that they are hearing about The Three Stooges or Popeye the Sailor until they come to the end of the story.
For example: At high noon on a cold November day in 1974, sixty-seven-year-old John Wayne faced off with the staff of the Harvard Lampoon on the famous campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The students had issued a challenge by calling the beloved American icon a fraud. Wayne, who had his new movie McQ to promote, responded by saying he would be happy to show his film in the pseudo-intellectual swamps of Harvard Square. After the screening, and without writers, the former USC footballer delivered a classic performance. When one smart young man asked where he got his phony toupee, Wayne insisted the hair was real. It wasn't his, but it was real. The appreciative underclassmen loved him, and after the Q and A session they all sat down to dinner. Later Wayne, who was suffering greatly from gout and the after-effects of lung cancer (sadly the Duke only had five years to live), said that day at Harvard was the best time he ever had.
A professional tour guide in Hollywood, Stephen Schochet has researched and told thousands of entertaining anecdotes for over twenty years. He is also the author and narrator of two audiobooks, Tales of Hollywood and Fascinating Walt Disney.
stood up for his new twelve-years-younger and just say new friend when some studio executives wanted to replace Redford with someone better known. Four years later, the older star was reticent about playing Redford’s con man teacher in The Sting. By then Redford had equaled him in fame and made wisecracks about Newman’s age; in return, the very punctual Paul ripped Redford for constantly being late to the set. After their two incredibly successful pictures, Newman and Redford became neighbors in
beautiful woman. Don’t Practice What You Preach Warren Beatty was fired up to direct and star in the 1981 drama Reds, which told the story of John Reed, the founder of the American Communist Party. The forty-four-year-old sex symbol Beatty had scored big at the box office with the 1978 comedy Heaven Can Wait, and now wished to tackle much more serious subject matter. Leery of the politics, but wanting to be in the Warren Beatty business, Paramount Studios’ executives reluctantly agreed to pony
Richard had heard a rumor that Wood, two years younger but a much bigger star, had wanted him fired and replaced by her husband, Robert Wagner. The Ohio-born Beymer believed it; every time he had seen her around Hollywood, the former child actress had always seemed like such a prima donna. Each day before shooting their romantic scenes, the modern Romeo and Juliet would greet each other with a curt good morning, and rarely exchange a word when the camera was not rolling. West Side Story was a box
children, not a governess to all. The entire family disputed The Sound of Music’s portrayal of Georg as a cold man who did not welcome the newcomer into his household. Extra: In the early 1950s, when Maria von Trapp performed on stage with her singing stepchildren, in between songs she entertained audiences with stories of her past life in Austria. How her late husband Georg had been a former captain in the Austro-Hungarian Navy, as distinguished in his country as General Eisenhower was in the
1992, announcer Ed McMahon was the perfect second banana for Tonight Show host Johnny Carson. With his trademark booming laugh, Ed walked a delicate tightrope; he had to be supportive while not stepping on his boss’s jokes. Early on they became drinking buddies; Carson, a former Navy man, marveled at the ex-Marine fighter pilot’s ability to put them away. McMahon was there to sell Carson; he guffawed whenever the comedian teased him about his boozing. But once in a while Ed would get him back.