Albany Democrat-Herald from Albany, Oregon on May 16, 1936 · 12
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Albany Democrat-Herald from Albany, Oregon · 12

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Saturday, May 16, 1936
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Box Office Suffers When Stars' Marry J Studio Bosses Tell News Regretfully A W&r hp- 'Xtl WW The success of this great starring triumvirate may indicate that studic executives are mistaken. Myrna Loy, Clark Gable and Jean Harlow have all been married, yet each enjoys increasing screen fame. Bing Crosby, his wife, Dixie Lee, and their children, Dcnnii Michael (left) and Phillip Lang Crosby. Far from hiding his martial state, Bing is proud to be a devoted husband and father. Marlene Dietrich and Gary Cooper Seem co Thrive Whether Married or Single. J Joan Blondtll, Whose Ardent Fans Sighed With Relief When She Gained Her Freedom. without undue mental atrain how it would feel to be crushed In Warner's arrna. Now that Clark Gable la once more an unmarried man, a few thousand or maybe it's million feminine hearts can flutter with re-newed vigor. He'll be reported engaged or "interested in" plenty of beauteous damsels, probably, but so long as the preacher hasn't actually pronounced those fateful words, female fans can have their hopes and their little fantasies in which they play a leading role with the star. That goes. too. for Bill Powell and his ex-wife, Carole Lombard. Misa Lombard, no mean eyeful, has a tremendous following among the lads of the world,and when she sweeps into a movie drawing room regally done up in evening garments, calculated by astute designers to prove just how shapely she is well, it's no wonder her fan mail Is on with great discretion, however, and Janet place In the movie heaven wasn't materially disturbed probably because the fans reasoned that so charming a young lady couldn't have had any part In anything discordant! WARNER BAXTER, another Twentieth Century-Fox star, has been married for years, and hla popularity Isn't materially affected. The Warner Baxters (she was Winifred Bry-son and they met In the old Morosco stock company In Los Angeles), differ in one respect from a great many movie marriagers. She has long since retired from the acting profession, and devotes herself to their home.' This automatically puts her out of the glaring spotlight of publicity turned on Hollywood's people and tender young things can go right on imagining the large side. The gals look longingly on lovely Carole, also but for a different reason. Her manner, her clothes and so forth attract women; her beauty and personality attract a male following. Just where Jean Harlow figures in the picture Is a problem. She's been in and out of matrimony a number of times now and her studio bosses rather wish she'd stay one way or the other. It's getting something more than difficult for them. ' THEN there's Joan Blondell, formerly married to George Barnes, cameraman. Joan's eye appeal Is Grade A. no denying that: her ardent fans unquestionably sighed large and loud sighs of relief when she, too, split up her marriage. There was a great shaking of heads in a dubious fashion at Fox one day a couple of years Press Agents Are Said At Any Publicity Of Weddings or Divorce WhichDullsGlamour By CAM RAWLENS MOVIE marriages are awell atuff for newspaper and magazine writers to yarn about but the atudlo bosses, who live with an eye on the box office cash register, they're Just one large pain. The studio gents are the first to deny this but the fact remains that when a handsome hero or a glamorous gal leaps Into matrimony, It hurts and hurts at the payoff window. In this regard, there's the somewhat baffling case of Bing- Crosby. Young Mr. Crosby carries plenty of weight on the payroll, but the studio just can't stop htm from publicising himself as a something more than proud papa of three bouncing offsprings. 80 far aa Bing la concerned, the good old romantic appeal can go climb a few trees he's not going to put any hush around his happy, married existence. All this brings up a monumental puzzle for Paramount'a press agents, who, like alt good p.a-'s, delight In going into slathers over the fact that their male stars have plenty of "It" with which to set female hearts a-flutter. But what can you do when the actor Is forever getting himself in print as a devoted husband! The boys shake their heads In sadness. JUST recently the word went out to soft pedal the fact that there's a Mrs. Gary Cooper In the background. Sandra Shaw Mrs. Cooper, that Is was getting too much of a play, the atudlo heads figured, and when audiences were constantly reminded that the highly emotional screen moments were done by a happily married person well, It waa bound to reflect Itself in the box office. Marriage always has been something of a sore point with producers, anyway. Not so many years back, "no marriage'1' clauses In contracts were quite common, and studios assiduously avoided reference to wives or husbands, aa the case happened to be. Now they pass out the information, all right, but It's not done with great cheer, by any means. It's simply a matter of protection, for Hollywood's host of reporters, when not continually Informed that all Is sweetness and light In the home of the glamorous Miss Gluts are apt to report just the reverse to their panting public. " There waa something akin to panic on the Fox lot, for Instance, when Janet Gaynor married some years ago. and more of a panic when her romance blew up. Topping the list of box office attractions, was Janet and the public liked her because she looked sweet, naive and exactly the sort of young lady thousands of men would choose for a wife. Consequently, a divorce was apt to come aa a blow to the young fellows who sat and yearned as Janet smiled wistfully on the screen. The matter waa handled back. Pat Paterson, lovely English lassie, who had been brought from London by the then top man, Wlnfleld Sheehan, met Charles Boyer and promptly flew to Yuma with him and they were married. At that time, Boyer hadn't the successes back of him he subsequently 'achieved (in this country, anyway), and everyone maintained that Pat was a chump to marry when she was just getting started. Well, the Paterson-Boyer marriage Is still on. Both players are under contract to Walter Wanger and doing all right, thank you. The Boyer man seems to have a happy faculty for speed in his attractions, for he won a great following just about as fast as he won a wife. However, even the romance connected with their sudden elopement Isn't too greatly ballyhooed reasons being the same as in the rest of the cases. No better examples, by the way, of keeping the spotlight on the lady and letting the gent content himself with very black shadows, can be found than Marlene Dietrich, Anna Sten and Madeleine Carroll. La Dietrich's spouse is Rudolph Sieber. They were married when he was an assistant director in the Berlin UFA studio. WHEN Marlene was going great guns at Paramount, there was much talk of a big romance with Josef von Sternberg, her director. It isn't beyond the realm of possibility that the bright lads in the publicity department steamed this one up or at least helped It along Just to keep Herr Sieber In the background, where he wouldn't distract fans' attention from the Dietrich gams which is Holly-wood-ese for, let's say, limbs. Lovely Madeleine Carroll is married to Captain Philip -Astley. who conveniently stays in England while the actress makes films in Southern California. This is a great break for the Waller Wanger company it'a practically impossible for the news cameramen who haunt the Hollywood night spots to photograph Madeleine and hubby out for an evening's fun at the Troc-adero, when the captain is 6000 miles away. Anna Sten's husband is a German architect. Dr. Eugene Frenke. Perhaps it was the too-well-established fact that everything was rosy at the Frenke-Sten mansion that contributed somewhat to the refusal of Americans to go overboard to a man for Anna. Anyway, she didn't click and this In spite of what probably waa the most expensive pre-plcture campaign to launch a star in screen history. But Anna Sten waa in Hollywood a couple of years before that, and everyone talked and talked about the charming lady and her charming husband, so when she hit the screens, fana knew that her glamour,, for them anyway waa largely synthetic and that she waa. primarily, a very contented housewife. Getting back to Bing Crosby sgsin, maybe he's right when he dares to be himself- talks like any proud papa about the latest antics of the youngsters, and generally conducts things his own way. But the boys who build romances for a living think differently een If they are UckM! G0SSip FrOm The StudiOS e) ByTheCinesnooper THERE are more secret yearnings in Hollywood than in any other given geographical area. Richard Dix, that hard-riding, two-fisted HAROLD LLOYD says women have a better sense of humor than men. "A woman," Lloyd declares, "can laugh off an arthquake. providing It doesn't bring actual death or in jury. Women can also laugh at the humorous things that happen to themselves, but men cannot" MAJOR ALBERT WARNER'S plans for the year include a picture "Glorious" for Marion Pa vies. Charlie Ruggles and Edward WHILE they are more progressive in television snd color, the English are less advance! In the actual production of motion pic- tures. In the opinion of C. Aubrey Smith, an Englishman who returns to his homeland at intervals to sppear in home-made productions. England, he says, has the advantage In television because of the smallnesa of the country geographically. America has problems of distance to overcome, he believes. LITTLE Jane Withers was almost mobbed by autograph seekers at the Loa Angeles Museum when she went to visit her doll collection, on exhibition there.. ' THE combination of informal cotton pique with formal black sequins is unique enough to make fashion newa It was worn recently by Joan Crawford, M-G-M star, in the form of an attractive dinner gown. lighting man. would trade everything except his wife and twins for the ability to do one of Astair's solo dances. Astaire. of the magic feet, wants to don chaps and a I0-gallon hat, threw a leg over a bronco, ride like the wind and rescue the prairie heroine. Edna May Oliver., the old maid of the screen, longs to sing and dance, while pretty Betty Grable. of the hot -cha-cha- ways, dreams of the poise and sophistication Of Ann Harding. Everett Horton. He will also produce "Stag fa A Struck", a musical comedy featuring James Cagney snd Ruby Keeler, which will be A II Richard Dix rouoweu oy "ixveiy uwy with Kay Francis. James Cagney PAGE FOUR S

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