Cassini, newly moved into a home in Beverly Hills, stood quite still
in the middle of the floor and thought. Then she went to the chest of
drawers in the bed-room, started with the top drawer and re-moved every
item. Not there. She went to the second, third, fourth and fifth drawers.
She thought, "And now what am I going
to do! I wish I knew Sherlock Holmes and
Dr. Watson in personthis is definitely a problem for Basil Rathbone!"
Countess Cassini, Oleg's mother, had on an occasion shortly after
Gene's marriage to Oleggiven Gene a Collection of pictures
of Oleg as a baby, as a bright-eyed youngster,
as an adolescent, and as a young man.
These photographs had been collected on
two huge mats and framed. They represented
two of Gene's dearest possessions.
And now, since moving day when the van
company had carefully taken down everything,
swathed them in protective coverings, and transported them, the pictures
to be found.
Countess Cassini, upon giving Gene the
irreplaceable mementoes, had said, "You are
so careful with items of value that I give you these with trust. I know
they will be preserved with care because they mean so much to both of
(now in "The Razor's Edge") made a bargain with Sid Grauman:
She'd have her footprints immortalized in the court of his Chinese Theater
(first time since the war), if he'd agree to have his prints made. And