Mrs. Disney

Written by Stephen Schochet

Warren Beatty once observed," That if you get married in Hollywood, you should always do it before noon. That way if it doesn't work out, you don't kill your evening." But in 1925 Walt Disney, still getting his feet wet in Tinseltown was not interested in pampered starlets. His eye was on a employee of his named Lillian Bounds, originally from Lewiston, Idaho who worked for him as ink paint girl making fifteen dollars a week. She reminded him ofrepparttar hard working girls he knew growing up in Missouri. For her part she found him charming,repparttar 124153 way he grew a mustache to look older in business meetings, and how he refused to call on her until he could afford a new suit. Since he was more gentile around women than men, she was spared fromrepparttar 124154 temperamental swearing that he did around his animators. Walt later joked," I didn't have enough money to pay her, so I married her instead."

Early in their marriage Lillian loved going to movies with him and would listen attentively as he criticized his competitor's cartoons and shared his own exciting ideas. But as time went by she became more challenging. Perhaps she understood he needed a sounding board, he was surrounded by yes men who were frightened of him. I don't likerepparttar 124155 name Mortimer, she told him in 1927. Why don't you call your mouse Mickey? She agreed with his business partner and brother Roy in 1934 that makingrepparttar 124156 first feature length cartoon, Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs would ruin them. When it turned out to be a smash hit, Walt took great pleasure in hearing Lillian admit she was wrong. But then he scared her again. "Why would you want to build an amusement park?" She asked him. "Amusement parks are dirty. They don't make any money." His reply didn't make her feel better. "That'srepparttar 124157 whole point. I want a clean one that will." But she was at Disneylandrepparttar 124158 night before it opened with a broom, sweeping uprepparttar 124159 dust offrepparttar 124160 Mark Twain Steamer.

Walt was a good provider for Lillian and their two daughters even if he had to be in debt to do it. It pained her when he had to sell his Mercedes duringrepparttar 124161 depression to meetrepparttar 124162 studio payroll, or when old friends would call on him for a loan and he was so tapped out he had turn them down. They were both content to spend evenings at home avoidingrepparttar 124163 publicity glare of Hollywood parties. When times were better she put up with Walt called his "one sin" owning six polo ponies, which he paid for dearly by taking a nasty spill. He became a life long scotch drinker to dullrepparttar 124164 reoccurring pain in his neck. His next hobby annoyed her more, a miniature railroad inrepparttar 124165 backyard that ran through her flowerbed. She gave in only becauserepparttar 124166 it seemed to give him a release from studio pressures. Sometimes she thought maybe he was usingrepparttar 124167 rides to hide out and avoid facing overwhelming problems. Later, Disneyland would provide him with a bigger train giving Lillian more peace at home.

Tales Of The Broke And Famous

Written by Stephen Schochet

"Beverly Hills is a place where you spend a lot of money you don't have to impress a lot of people you don't like!"- - Anonymous Hollywood Producer

Ifrepparttar rumors are true that Michael Jackson's lavish life style has left him broke, he would not berepparttar 124152 first famous celebrity in financial straights. John Wayne found himself in hock after 150 movies. Three wives, seven children, investing his own money inrepparttar 124153 box office troubled The Alamo (1960) combined with an exceedingly generous nature leftrepparttar 124154 Duke completely wiped out. He would often walk into bars and shout,"Drinks for everybody on me!" He would get fan letters full of wild pleas for money, from people who had tax problems to mothers who asked for help to pay for their daughter's braces. Wayne would agonize over them but send financial aid if he thoughtrepparttar 124155 requester was really needy. One time his second wife Chata, with whom he was about to divorce hired a private detective to getrepparttar 124156 goods on him. Down in Mexico near where Wayne was filmingrepparttar 124157 western Hondo (1953)repparttar 124158 investigator forgot his identification one day and got locked up in a Chihuahua jail. Not knowing anyone in a foreign landrepparttar 124159 desperate P.I. called Wayne himself. The Cowboy Star arrived with his buddy and frequent co-star, a disbelieving Ward Bond. "Duke, this guy is trying to ruin you! Let him rot!" Wayne reached into his pocket and pulled outrepparttar 124160 necessary coin to payrepparttar 124161 bail. "Ah come on Ward,repparttar 124162 poor man was only doing his job."

Stars can find themselves in money trouble before they know it. While performing in Las Vegas with Dean Martin atrepparttar 124163 Flamingo hotel in 1953, twenty-seven-year old Jerry Lewis ran up $137,000 dollars in gambling debts. The mobsters who ranrepparttar 124164 casino confronted him to ask how he planned to pay it off. The nervy Lewis told them it was their fault for letting a kid run up such a large tab. How irresponsible! The gangsters, a bit bewildered, agreed, then repeated their question. Realizing that these nice gentlemen could whack him, Jerry asked them what they suggested. After a hasty conference they told him he would work it off. The gambling addicted Lewis asked if he could win it back atrepparttar 124165 card table instead, he was told a firm no. The debt took a year and half forrepparttar 124166 comedian eliminate. He would have retired it quicker butrepparttar 124167 card games continued during train rides with former Blackjack Dealer Martin, who kept puttingrepparttar 124168 volatile clown further inrepparttar 124169 red.

Another star who suffered through money trouble inrepparttar 124170 fifties was Marilyn Monroe. Tired of playing dumb blondes, she bolted from her studio Twentieth Century Fox to start Marilyn Monroe Productions. Actors are often advised not to use their own name in their personal ventures, it makes other ego-driven stars less willing to work with them. Marilyn's film output slowed down and by 1959 her husband, playwright Arthur Miller, was telling her she should acceptrepparttar 124171 dumb blonde role in Some Like It Hot, they neededrepparttar 124172 money. "I can't see through Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis in drag? Oh my God, I've been dumb before but never that dumb." She went to her well renowned acting teacher,repparttar 124173 revered Lee Strasberg to ask how she could makerepparttar 124174 audience believe her character. Strasberg suggested that Marilyn, always a man's woman, playrepparttar 124175 part as someone so desperate for female friendship, she simply didn't pay attention to her co-star's masculine features. She took his advice andrepparttar 124176 result was a comedy classic.

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