from Modern Screen, March 1949 page 3
I am very happy that Sylvia and Danny have ironed out their troubles. Once
a marriage has broken up, as theirs did, it is seldom possible to take up the
threads again. But I believe both Sylvia and Danny have learned a valuable lesson.
Danny is high-strung. He is very nervous when he works because he drives himself so hard. Sylvia is also under nervous pressure because she writes his material. Perhaps they worked too closely -- but whatever the cause of the rift last year, they couldn't seem happier than they are now.
June Allyson and Dick Powell adopted a baby girl right in the teeth of the
rumors that all was not well between them. The 'trouble' talk started when the
Powells announced they were putting up their new home for sale and that Dick
was going on a cruise for six months and Junie was staying behind.
But Dick did not sound like they were at the breaking point when he telephoned me about the new "arrival", almost too excited to talk.
"She's two months old, we are naming her Leslie Allyson and she's a dream boat," the new pappy told me. "I can't tell you how happy we are, Louella."
I said, "How come you and Junie decided to sell your brand-new home just after you completed decorating it?"
"We never really liked the place," Dick explained. "It was an emergency buy caused by the housing shortage. Now we've bought a new lot and will build just the place we really want -- complete with nursery."
I can't quite believe that the Powells didn't have their marital difficulties for a moment or two. Still, don't all married couples!
But I am happy to get it straight from him that they are not divorcing and that they are happy now. I know Dick is a good father because he has two children by his former marriage to Joan Blondell, and they love their father very much.
Left: Peter Lawford and two of his current dates, Gloria McLean and Jane Wyman, at Slapsie Maxie's Jerry Lewis-Dean Martin opening. Gossips insist that Jane's really interested in Lew Ayres, while Liz Taylor's peeved with Pete for bringing another girl to her birthday party.
Personal Opinions: I like Peter Lawford but I wish he would sit up and not lounge on the end of his spine at cafe tables and cocktail parties. . . . Shirley Temple has cut her hair very short and it is cute. But I bet she lets it grow back to shoulder length because John Agar likes it better that way, and so do I. . . . Rita Hayworth should stay a redhead. She is so gorgeous in Loves of Carmen, she takes your breath away. When I saw her with her brown hair in Europe, she was not nearly so glamorous. . . . Cornel Wilde is irritating his studio co-workers again. He always becomes a little "difficult" when he begins to feel sorry for himself because he's working too hard. . . Scandal publications printing horrible stories about Hollywood should be run out of business. Don't believe any stories you read referring to stars only by initials or innuendo. If a story won't hold up to using the real names of the people -- believe me, the editors are very unsure of their facts! . . . The best-dressed "expectant mother" I have ever seen is Joan Fontaine. Her maternity clothes are chic plus concealing -- which, as you must admit, takes a bit of doing. I saw her at a dinner party in a champagne satin gown with a matching coat embroidered will small sunflowers in topaz stones on the lapels and pockets. I've never understood why many women feel they should dress drably during one of the happiest times of their lives.
The tearin', ravin' beauty of Hollywood these days is Elizabeth Taylor. No
juvenile actress ever bridged the span between childhood and exciting, full-blown
glamor as easily as she. In her case, there just wasn't an awkward age -- and
I wondered why?
Elizabeth was becomingly modest when I called her a "beauty" right to her face but she did not simper as many 'teen-agers might have done. If you are looking for tips -- poise is a great part of her charm.
I asked her for her advice to girls who might not be as fortunate as she and who suffer agonies of self-consciousness in the transition from childhood to young womanhood.
"I believe the greatest way to avoid self-consciousness," she told me in her beautifully modulated voice, "is not to think about yourself or fuss with your appearance. Once you have groomed yourself as well as possible for a social engagement -- forget yourself. Leave your compact and lipstick in your bag. If an unexpected breeze ruffles your hair -- leave it alone. Don't dive for a comb.
"Think about other people in the room -- boys and girls who may feel as timid as you do, inside. It helps any girl to be the first to speak and try to put others at ease. Don't worry about what you should be saying. Listen to what others have to talk about."
Her beautiful violet-colored eyes, deeply fringed with naturally long black lashes, were serious when she added, "Just simple kindness is the most charming quality a girl can develop." This girl, I can tell you, is as wise as she is lovely.
Left: Premiere of Julia Misbehaves at Grauman's Egyptian brought out two members of the cast who were main attractions: Sandi, the trained seal, and Elizabeth Taylor. Liz's beauty has Hollywood -- and Marsh Thompson -- astir. On her right is theater manager L.R. Whittemore.
Last Minute Flashes: Keep your eye on the Greer Garson-millionaire Buddy Fogelson romance. That's really serious. . . .The Bob Mitchums just can't make up their minds whether to try marriage again or call it off. I can't forget what Bob told me when I interviewed him several months ago. He said, "All the time I was broke and struggling, Dorothy was wonderful and stood by me. I couldn't have made the grade without her.": Why don't they both remember those days now? How bitter it is that ofttimes when success comes in the window -- understanding flies out.
That's all this month -- but I want to say again that I want you readers to keep writing me. When I was traveling in Europe I was very impressed with the popularity of Modern Screen in many foreign countries. Everywhere I went, it seems, people told me they read my monthly column in this magazine and enjoyed it. Tips on whom you like to hear about help me keep the interest going, I hope -- and I sincerely appreciate your letters. Keep sending them.
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