Bizarre Los Angeles: The Movie Page

A spin-off of the popular Facebook Page.

"With but few exceptions, it is always the underdog who wins through sheer willpower." — Johnny Weissmuller

"I don’t think there are many other businesses where you can be paid good money and not know what you’re doing." — Sterling Hayden on acting in Hollywood.

Here is how he looked in 1941, the year after he was signed to a movie contract with Paramount Pictures, who billed him as “The Most Beautiful Man in the Movies.” 

The following year, Hayden enlisted into the marines using the alias “John Hamilton.” During WWII, he was promoted as high as First Lieutenant while seeing heavy action as a covert agent for the Office of the Coordinator of Information. Hayden saw quite a lot of action, parachuting behind enemy lines in Croatia on rescue missions and running supplies by boat from Italy to the National Liberation Army of Yugoslavia. But his war record is far interesting than what I can write in this post.

And here is an interview he did in 1983 for a French documentary about his Hollywood career.


Theda Bara sprinkles rose petals over her latest victim in A Fool There Was (1915).


Theda Bara sprinkles rose petals over her latest victim in A Fool There Was (1915).

"I shan’t live very long. I find life so wonderful and so varied that I burn myself up always thinking, thinking, thinking. Soon after I should be thirty, I think you will have Theda’s pictures, but no Theda." — Theda Bara in 1915, explaining how occult readings had foreseen her early death. Of course, by the time Theda Bara (real name Theodosia Goodman) made this comment, she had already turned thirty. In fact, she almost lived to be seventy years old before passing away in 1955.

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"The legs aren’t so beautiful. I just know what to do with them." — Marlene Dietrich

Photo by Milton Greene.

"People ask me sometimes if I ever change my mind about a review, and I no longer agree with what I said in my review of The Graduate (1967), that the Simon & Garfunkel songs are instantly forgettable. I don’t think that was right.” — Roger Ebert

Zsa Zsa Gábor and Hollywood ghost writer, Gerold Frank, in a publicity still for her 1960 book, “Zsa Zsa Gábor: my story, written for me.” Photo by Philippe Halsman.

As a ghost writer, Frank had co-written “I’ll Cry Tomorrow” with Lillian Roth, “Too Much, Too Soon” with Diana Barrymore, and “Beloved Infidel: the education of a woman” with Sheilah Graham. However, he negotiated an exclusive writing credit for Zsa Zsa’s book (thus ending his ghost writing career). Afterwards, he went on to write the novel “The Boston Strangler” and the bestselling Judy Garland biography, “Judy.”

Three years after Zsa Zsa’s book was published, Frank spoke flatteringly about Gábor to reporter Jim Bishop. “She is always a step ahead of other women,” Frank said. “Just before sack dresses came into style, Zsa Zsa wore sack dresses. When wigs became popular, Gábor was ready to quit wearing them.” 

Bishop writes: “In one afternoon and evening, according to Gerold, Miss Gábor will will rehearse a song, answer 20 phone calls, tell part of her life story, water the garden, read press clippings from Spain, Hungary, France and the U.S., take the dogs to the doctor, undress, bathe, dress, appear on T.V. and show up at a nightclub looking dewy fresh.”

Baring her soul, however, was another matter. In their first meeting, Frank requested that she be prepared to tell him everything. Zsa Zsa reportedly broke into laughter before saying, “No woman tells all. Not all.”

Sham (1921), considered to be a lost film.