When Stars Collide

Written by Stephen Schochet

Duringrepparttar silent era it was thought a waste of money to make a movie with more than one star. Personalities like Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd and Buster Keaton were considered potent enough box office on their own. But with dwindling attendance duringrepparttar 124158 great depression MGM decided to feature Hollywood's first all star ensemble cast in Grand Hotel (1932) starringrepparttar 124159 mammoth egos of Joan Crawford, Wallace Beery, John Barrymore and Greta Garbo. The director Edmund Goulding was unable to let Joan Crawford and Garbo have any scenes together for fear they might try to upstage each other. Although she complimented her Swedish co-star's beauty, Crawford hated Garbo's demands for top billing. Knowing that Greta hated tardiness and Marlene Dietrich, Crawford was constantly late and played Dietrich's records loudly onrepparttar 124160 set.

Crawford had another classic encounter with rival Bette Davis onrepparttar 124161 set of Whatever Happened to Baby Jane (1962). Betty, knowing that Joan wasrepparttar 124162 widow of Alfred Steele,repparttar 124163 former head ofrepparttar 124164 Pepsi Corporation, had a Coke dispenser brought in forrepparttar 124165 cast and crew. When Joan was late Bette, an often nasty woman but a total pro, would proclaim loudly," Isrepparttar 124166 Widow Steele ready yet?" Joan retaliated by lining her dress pockets with weights so in a scene when Davis had to drag Crawford's nearly dead character acrossrepparttar 124167 floor, she almost broke her back.

Male stars don't always get along either. On location in Japan, forrepparttar 124168 filming of The Teahouse Of The August Moon (1956), Glenn Ford paid a visit to his co-star Marlon Brando's dressing room. "Marlon did you eat one ofrepparttar 124169 chocolate chip cookies my wife sent me?". "No I didn't Glenn." "OK." Ford hesitated atrepparttar 124170 door. "Marlon, all you to do was ask, you didn't have to take one." Ford left to shoot his next scene givingrepparttar 124171 infuriated Brando time to go into Ford's dressing room and smashrepparttar 124172 remaining cookies with a sledgehammer.

Another Ford, Harrison, had a dustup with Brad Pitt duringrepparttar 124173 making of The Devil's Own (1996). At first Pitt was excited to be working withrepparttar 124174 older actor, but his enthusiasm waned asrepparttar 124175 script focus moved away from his sympathetic young Irish killer to Ford's middle-aged, happily married policeman. Ford perhaps threatened byrepparttar 124176 younger star, accused Pitt of trying to be an apologist forrepparttar 124177 IRA. The film was delayed almost every day for hours as Pitt, Ford and director Alan Pakula would argue aboutrepparttar 124178 script. The budget skyrocketed to over ninety million, became a box office failure and led to Columbia Pictures head Mark Canton, being fired. Duringrepparttar 124179 production whenrepparttar 124180 two had stars had fight scenes together they took out their frustrations by landing real blows.

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.

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