Little Orphan Julie, cont'd
When his friends want to annoy him, they tell Julie he
is going Hollywood. Actually, his complex about not going Hollywood
has developed to such an extent that it is a phase of going Hollywood.
For what does "going Hollywood" mean, except a form of extremes?
Mr. Garfield took pains not to live where other picture people live.
No Beverly or Westwood or Brentwood or San Fernando or Santa Monica
"I know a playwright with a forty-thousand-dollar house in Beverly
and he's miserable."
So Mr. Garfield lives in Hollywood proper because he likes to be near
crowds and noise and lights and city things. He didn't buy his house.
He rents it. However, the house is a nice rambling place with lots of
porches and a swell mountain view. It was designed by a man who used
to build boats. The Garfields are very proud of the bar which is built
into the wall, like a yacht.
"A bar already! That's Hollywood," tease his friends. And
Julie turns green.
"But there won't be a swimming pool," he swears.
Still, his wife confided to me that she would like one. "So our
poor friends can enjoy it."
Priscilla Lane and John Garfield are together again in "Dust
Be My Destiny." They are a fine film pair.
When he heard about this Julie gritted his teeth in mock anger. "So
she wants a swimming pool, does she? Well, she'll never have one."
Not that Mrs. Garfield is at all Hollywood. She wears simple linen slacks
and is utterly natural and talks to you about Julie, how he gets up
earlier than necessary just to play with the baby, how he and the baby
both have small feet and how he calls during the afternoon to see how
things are going.
Mrs. Garfield frankly tells you she used to be a salesgirl at Macy's,
and that she arrived in Hollywood with exactly two maternity dresses
and a pair of shoes.