How We Got Movie Stars

Written by Stephen Schochet

Early movies had no stories, no stars and no sound. A popular movie inrepparttar 1890's was two girls getting undressed by a lake. Right before their last garments came off, a train came by to block your view. Inrepparttar 124157 next scenerepparttar 124158 two girls were swimming inrepparttar 124159 lake. The film was a hit throughoutrepparttar 124160 country.

One old farmer went and saw this same movie for weeks and weeks. One dayrepparttar 124161 theater manager came down and said," Say old timer. Every day we showrepparttar 124162 same film withrepparttar 124163 girls,repparttar 124164 train andrepparttar 124165 lake and every day you keep coming back." "Well sonny, one of these days I'm hopingrepparttar 124166 train will be late!"

Many ofrepparttar 124167 early film actors were quite content to stay anonymous, reasoning thatrepparttar 124168 new flickers were a novelty and would damage their reputation onrepparttar 124169 legitimate stage. They were often expected to work all day long. Their duties included hammering nails, paintingrepparttar 124170 set, picking up trash, and lifting heavy equipment. There were no trailers or perks or glamour or big houses. A casting director might meet a newspaper boy onrepparttar 124171 street and hire him as an lead actor for five dollars a day. Ladies ofrepparttar 124172 evening were often given jobs simply because they provided their own wardrobes. Not knowing their real names,repparttar 124173 movie going public would give their favorite actor's appropriate nicknames such as "the waif" or "the cowboy". The growing curiosity surroundingrepparttar 124174 identities lead torepparttar 124175 birth of movie fan magazines such as Photoplay in 1909. But fearing that their players would demand huge salariesrepparttar 124176 producers still refused to release their names.

One ofrepparttar 124177 most prominent movie theater owners was a former clothing store manager from Oshkosh, Wisconsin named Carl Laemmle,repparttar 124178 eventual founder of Universal Studios. By 1909 he was sick of buying movies from Thomas Edison and had decided to make his own. Laemmle would listen each night, as his patrons would leave his theater; many would excitedly discussrepparttar 124179 actors onrepparttar 124180 screen. He decided if he was going to produce his own pictures he would sell them by creating a star.

Bob Hope Stories

Written by Stephen Schochet

Once when he was a little boy in England, Leslie Hope (He later renamed himself Bob after a race car driver he idolized) wanted to pick an apple off a tree. Symbolic of his career, he didn't want just any apple butrepparttar highest one possible. He lost his balance, fell and permanently changedrepparttar 124156 shape of his nose.

His big break in Hollywood was gettingrepparttar 124157 part Jack Benny turned down inrepparttar 124158 Paramount film "The Big Broadcast Of 1938". The director Mitchell Leisen could not standrepparttar 124159 star ofrepparttar 124160 film,repparttar 124161 ornery WC Fields, who would run offrepparttar 124162 movie set and come back too soused to dorepparttar 124163 required scenes, flub his lines and scream for his lawyer. Liesen found Hope much more cooperative, although he was a nervous ham in front ofrepparttar 124164 camera. Desperate to be a more traditional leading man like Fred Macmurray, Hope begged Paramount to pay for a nose job but they refused. It was in this film he got to sing "Thanks For The Memories" which along with his ski nose became Hope's trademarks.

For his radio show when Hope found out that Jack Benny hired two writers for $1,000 a week, he in turn hired ten writers for $100 a week each and hated paying. At times he would gatherrepparttar 124165 staff atrepparttar 124166 bottom of a stairwell and toss their paychecks down as paper airplanes. Other times Hope would interrupt his scribes intimacy with their wives by calling their houses very late at night to go over new material. For their part,repparttar 124167 writers createdrepparttar 124168 Hope movie character, egomaniacal, womanizing and cowardly, all butrepparttar 124169 last trait were true.

Hope's relationship with Bing Crosby was love-hate. In one of their early road movies Paramount Studios filmed two endings in which each ofrepparttar 124170 boys ended up with Dorothy Lamour, to see which result audiences preferred. They overwhelmingly chose Bing which annoyed Hope, who got his costar back by constantly reminding him that he wore a toupee. In one scene both had to lie onrepparttar 124171 same bed together (innocently, they were resting) and Bing refused to take his hat off. No amount of coaxing from Paramount executives could get Crosby to change his mind, he did not want to hear Bob's toupee barbs. Hope later saidrepparttar 124172 greatest acting performance he ever gave was smiling when Bing won his academy award for Going My Way (1944).

His frequent leading lady, Lucille Ball, was an even match for Hope inrepparttar 124173 ambition department. She lobbiedrepparttar 124174 comedian to hire her little-known band leader husband Desi Arnaz for his radio show. She later regretted it when Desi slept with every showgirl who applied for a job, with rumors flying about Hope ending up with his second choices. Delores Hope was as long suffering as Lucy was. One time she was among a crowd waiting backstage for him after a live show. A reporter asked her,"Are you connected to Bob Hope in some way Miss?" "No, I'm just his wife."

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