Day 21 of Noirvember: Trivia Thursday

This ain’t just acting.

If you know anything at all about me, you know that I love trivia. Today’s Noirvember post serves up some trivial tidbits about some of my favorite film noir actresses. Here goes . . .

Hope Emerson made her feature film debut in Cry of the City (1948), where she played a jewel-stealing masseuse. In one scene in the film, she strangles the character played by Richard Conte. Emerson’s determination to infuse the scene with realism reportedly caused Conte to seek medical treatment.

Lauren Bacall dated Kirk Douglas for a while, when both were students at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. The two starred opposite each other in the 1950 film Young Man With a Horn.

Joan Bennett’s first marriage was when she was 16 years old.

At the age of 16, Joan Bennett married John Marion Fox, who was 20 years her senior. She was thrilled (at first) to be “a married women, and therefore, an adult.”

Lana Turner was married seven times. Her seventh and final marriage was to Ronald Dante, a 39-year-old nightclub hypnotist whom Turner dated for around three weeks before she married Dante in May 1969. The union lasted less than a year, with Turner charging that Dante defrauded her of $34,000.

While a student at Northwestern University, Jean Hagen’s roommate was fellow aspiring actress Patricia Neal.

When Gloria Grahame won the Academy Award for her role in The Bad and the Beautiful, she tripped on her way up to the podium and muttered a curse word, causing a rumor that she was drunk. “I don’t drink,” she later told the Los Angeles Herald Examiner. “I think I was emotionally druink.”

At the age of seven, Susan Hayward suffered a fractured hip when she was hit by a car. Despite doctors’ forecast that she would probably never walk again, the future actress was able to get around on crutches after six months, and she returned to school after a year.

Emma Matzo.

Born Emma Matzo, Lizabeth Scott chose her last name in honor of one of her favorite plays, Mary of Scotland.

Ruth Roman’s parents were owners of a carnival sideshow in Boston. Roman recalled that although the sideshow “wasn’t very big or very fancy . . . it was the most exciting thing in the world to me. I still get weak with nostalgia whenever I look at a merry-go-round.”

Agnes Moorehead made her first stage appearance at the age of three, singing on a church program. She was such an imaginative and talented youngster that her mother greeted her each day with the question, “Well, Agnes, who are you today?”

Join me tomorrow on Day 22 of Noirvember!

~ by shadowsandsatin on November 21, 2019.

5 Responses to “Day 21 of Noirvember: Trivia Thursday”

  1. Great trivia!

  2. I enjoyed the trivia very much! Lots of tidbits I didn’t know about,

  3. Karen, you are a fountain of film noir knowledge.

  4. Hope Emerson is by far the most memorable thing about “Cry.” There’s a great shot of her on location in NYC by the old Third Avenue spur line at Coenties Slip.

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