Thursday, July 30, 2015

Mary Nolan

"I've had a beautiful life, I've tumbled into the most beautiful life in the world. I'd never change it." ~ Mary

Mary Nolan was born Mary Imogene Robertson on December 18, 1905 in Louisville, Kentucky. When she was a child her mother died from cancer and Mary's father placed her in a foster home. Eventually she moved to New York City and began working as a nude model. Producer Florenz Ziegfeld discovered her and gave her a featured role in the Ziegfeld Follies. Using the stage named Bubbles Wilson she quickly became the Follies most popular dancer. Mary had a tumultuous romance with actor Frank Tinney who was married. In 1924 Frank beat Mary so badly that she had him arrested. The case caused a huge scandal and Mary was fired from the Ziegfeld Follies. She moved to Germany and began making movies under the name Imogene Robertson. Mary returned to the United states in 1927 and signed a contract with Universal. She costarred with Lon Chaney in West Of Zanzibar and with John Gilbert in Desert Nights. Her performances got great reviews and she became one of Hollywood's most sought after starlets. In 1929 she was given the lead role in the drama Shanghai Lady. She was now earning $3000 a week. Mary started having an affair with married studio executive Eddie Mannix.

When she became pregnant he forced her to have an abortion. Eddie was very abusive and one of his beatings put her in the hospital for several months. While Mary was recovering she became addicted to morphine. In 1930 she was fired from the movie What Men Want after getting into a fight with the director. She made healines again when she sued her ex-lover Eddie Mannix for pain and suffering. The bad publicity destroyed her career and she could only get parts in low budget films. She married stock broker Wallace T. McCreary in 1931 but they separated one year later. Her final acting role was in the 1933 mystery File 113. She moved to New York City and made a living singing in nightclubs. Mary was arrested several times and she was jailed in 1937 for failing to pay her bills. After overdosing on sedatives she spent a year in a psychiatric hospital. In early 1948 she was hospitalized for malnutrition. Mary was found dead in her Hollywood apartment on October 31, 1948. Next to her body was a child's poem and a handwritten note that said "If this were only true". She had died from a secanol overdose at the young age of forty-two. The police said her death was either a suicide or an accident. She is buried at Hollywood Forever cemetery in Hollywood, California.

~ Original biography by Elizabeth Ann 2015

Mary in 1937

Actresses Who Committed Suicide

These ten classic actresses were rich and famous but they never found real happiness. Tragically they all committed suicide.

In 1948 pin-up girl Carole Landis took her own life at age 29 with an overdose of secanol. She 
was heartbroken over a failed romance with actor Rex Harrison.

In 1951 Mack Sennett bathing beauty Marion Aye died after swallowing poison at the age of 48.
She had been suffering from depression for many years.

In 1969 lovely starlet Barbara Bates killed herself at the age of 43 with carbon monoxide 
poisoning. She was mourning the death of her husband the previous year.

In 1960 silent star Phyllis Haver died after taking an overdose of pills at the age of 61. She had 
attempted suicide several times before.

In 1937 bathing beauty Marvel Rea ended her own life at the age of 35 by ingesting an poison. 
She had never recovered from a brutal attack years earlier.

In 1944 Latin bombshell Lupe Velez died by taking overdose of sleeping pills at the age of 36. 
Rumors that she was found dead in the toilet are not true.

 In 1948 model and actress Mary Nolan was found dead at the age of 42 after taking an 
overdose of secanol. She had struggled with drug addiction for many years.

  In 1954 British actress Joan Dowling killed herself with carbon monoxide poisoning at the age
of 26. She was devastated after finding out her husband had an affair.

In 1942 singing star Jeanette Loff ended her life at the age of 35 by swallowing ammonia.
Her family does not believe she committed suicide.

 In 1955 character actress Ona Munson took an overdose of barbiturates at age of 51.
She had been suffering from numerous health problems.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Betty Grable's Jacket From When My Baby Smiles At Me

In 2013 I purchased a jacket Betty Grable wore in the film When My Baby Smiles At Me. I bought it from actress Debbie Reynolds. The jacket was designed by Rene Hubert. When My Baby Smiles At Me was released on December 10, 1948. It was Fox's highest grossing film of the year. Betty plays the wife of Dan Dailey, an alcoholic vaudeville star.

Betty wore the jacket on the cover of Movie Story in 1949

Betty wearing the jacked on the cover of Films and Filming from 1971

A scene from the movie

Here is a clip of Betty wearing the jacket ...

Friday, July 3, 2015

Lesbian & Bi-Sexual Classic Actresses

There were many classic actresses who were lesbians or bi-sexual. Some of these ladies married men who were also gay while others enjoyed long term romances with women.

Lilyan Tashman was a lesbian and her husband Edmund Lowe was gay. One of her many female lovers was Greta Garbo.

Patsy Kelly was a lesbian. She had a lot of girlfriends and enjoyed a long relationship with Tallulah Bankhead.

Barbara Stanwyck was bi-sexual. She was married to actor Robert Taylor for years and also had several female lovers.

 Joan Crawford was bi-sexual. She had four husbands and countless love affairs with women.
Lizabeth Scott was a lesbian. She dated women during the 1950s and her career was ruined when a tabloid exposed her secret.

Marie Dressler was a lesbian. She married a man but she was romantically involved with stage actress Claire DuBrey for many years.

 Marilyn Monroe was bi-sexual. Most of her lovers were men but she also had an affair with her female acting coach.

Kay Francis was bi-sexual. She was married five times and had numerous romances with women.
 Janet Gaynor was bi-sexual and so was her husband Gilbert Adrian. She had a long term relationship with actress Mary Martin.

 Carole Landis was bi-sexual. She usually dated men but author Jacqueline Susann was also one of her lovers.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy's Love Story


Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy had one of Hollywood's longest lasting and most tragic love stories. They met in 1934 when MGM paired the two stars in the musical Naughty Marietta. The movie was a huge hit and audiences instantly fell in love with the singing duo. Off screen Nelson and Jeanette began a passionate affair. The couple continued to make hit movies together but they kept their real life romance a secret at the insistence of MGM president Louis B. Mayer. They talked about getting married but Nelson wanted Jeanette to give up her career and become a housewife. She was not willing to do that and they broke up. In 1937 Jeanette married actor Gene Raymond. They had a rocky marriage and Jeanette had a difficult time dealing with Gene's bi-sexuality.

Nelson was so devastated by Jeanette's marriage that he eloped with Ann Franklin, a friend of his mother. When Jeanette found out he  had gotten married she attempted suicide. Unfortunately Ann suffered from mental problems and Nelson rarely spent time with her. Eventually Jeanette and Nelson resumed their passionate love affair. Jeanette became pregnant several times but tragically she lost the babies. Although they still loved each other neither was ever willing to get a divorce. They were both worried that the scandal would destroy their careers. When Jeanette died in 1965 Nelson was heartbroken. He passed away just two years later. Friends who knew the couple said they never stopped loving each other.

A video of Nelson at Jeanette's funeral ...


To learn more about Jeanette and Nelson's love story please visit MacEddy.com