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Ann Sothern’s radio roots go back to at least 1935, but today she’s not thinking about radio or the movies. Today she has concluded shopping for a scar—an appendectomy scar, that is–and is preparing for a stay at Good Samaritan Hospital this coming Sunday, where she will receive the appendectomy and the scar. 

“So many girls are marred by their scars,” explained Miss Sothern. “There are all kinds of appendicitis incisions. They come square, long, short, jagged, triangular and blotchy. I have discussed all possible scars with my physician and I have chosen what I believe to be the most artistic, by far. It will be in the shape of a cresent. I think it will look kind of cute. 

“It’s costing me so much I’m going to keep it just for myself. I will contemplate its artistry in private. I had saved my money for a sable coat, but I decided I’d better get a scar after my physician advised an immediate operation. After deciding on the shape, I had to decide where to get it. 

“I went shopping for a room in all the hospitals in town… That’s because I am a person who is susceptible to her surroundings. If the room is gloomy, I am too. So I chose a room with southern exposure. I also arranged to take along my own table lamps and my own pictures. I am going to the hospital Sunday and the first thing I intend to do is hang some bright water colors on the wall. Then there is the little matter of clothes. The hospital people said they would put me in a kind of white wrapper for the operation. Now I don’t like that idea. A girl looks her worst in a white wrapper. And even though I’ll be unconscious, I still don’t like it.”

Miss Sothern said she thought the “germs” connection was considerable nonsense, and that she was having two dozen silk, satin, crepe and lace nightgowns, in shades of blue, pink, peach and black, laundered under the most sanitary conditions.


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September, 1954

MS – The Milwaukee Sentinel
PPG = Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
SDC = Spokane Daily Chronicle
SPT = St. Petersburg Times
TM = Time Magazine

Ann Sothern was so excited about the Betty Hutton TV’er that she forgot to watch her own show.  –MS: 09-18-1954

TETERBORO, N.J., Sept. 17—Arthur Godfrey got his pilot’s license back today after an hour and 15 minute flight test. . . . . The radio and TV star said it felt “very, very good” to get back into the air and fly a plane again. . . . . “it’s like and old shoe,” he added, “when you put it on, it fits.” . . . . . Godfrey took off from Teterboro Airport in his private DC-3 twin-engined plane at 3:15 (Pittsburgh Time) for the flight test required before he could regain his license.  The Civil Aeronautics Board revoked Godfrey’s pilot’s license six months ago for reckless flying.  –PPG: 09-18-1954

Celeste Holm, describing a recent visit to a penny arcade on Broadway:  “A man came up and pointed and said, ‘CELESTE HOLM!’  He said, ‘You got taffy on your nose!  Here, let me lick your nose!’  And he started for me.  I ducked.  The man who runs the arcade came up and said, ‘Don’t be rude to our out-of-town visitors, Miss Holm!'”

At the Marciano-Ezzard fight:  Eddie Fisher, the very much in love popular singer, was at ringside rooting for his boy Rocky. . . . . Marciano plans to plane to Hollywood to appear on the Comedy Hour Sunday with Eddie. . . . . Perry Como was also sighted among the celebrities.  –PPG: 09-18-1954

HOLLYWOOD—The Cleveland Indians’ virtual clinching of the American League pennant could well cost one of its owners more than his investment. . . . . Comic Bob Hope, who has a 10 per cent piece of the Indians, disclosed yesterday that he is deluged with ticket requests for the series. . . . .”Everybody in Hollywood except Crosby has hit me for tickets,” Hope quipped. . . . . “Baseball is a dirty word to Bing since the Pittsburgh Pirates went underground.”. . . . . Bing is part owner of the National League cellar dwellers. . . . . . Hope said he has even got ticket requests from Ohio. . . . . “My brother, Fred, in Columbus, wants 50 for each game, and I even heard from the prima donna who sang in my first show 30 years ago.”  –SPT: 09-18-1954

Jack Webb’s betting two G’s that his “Dragnet” movie, which cost $800,000 to make, will gross five million.  –MS: 09-18-1954

James Mason lists his address as Pamela Drive, Beverly Hills.  There is no such street:  he merely named his driveway after his wife.  –SPT:  09-18-1954

Singing star Jeanette MacDonald was stricken by an obscure virus in New York last night and is confined to her apartment there with a high temperature during a “dangerous crisis period” her publicity agent said today. . . . . The office said she was stricken by a virus known as hyperpyrexia and last night had a temperature of 105.  This morning she had a temperature of 104.  –SDC:  09-18-1954

When comedienne Joan Davis wanted to catch TV shows at her vacation home in Hawaii, she had to build a 200-foot tower to make sure they’d show up on her home screen.  –SPT: 09-18-1954

Joe E. Lewis, who was making about $10,000 a week in Las Vegas, says, “I had to leave—couldn’t afford it any longer.”  –MS: 09-18-1954

Marilyn Monroe—asked what she thought of the Dior flat fashions—said, “They’d look better on Joe than me.”  –MS: 09-18-1954

NEW YORK—The top-ranking magazine in the Soviet Union has discovered Marlon Brando. . . . . The “theoretical and political journal of the Central Committee of the Communist party of the Soviet Union”—Kommunist—described Brando for Soviet readers as “a well-known American actress.”. . . . . Kommunist quoted a statement it claimed Brando made.  In an article assailing the American motion picture industry the latest issue of the magazine to reach here declaimed:  “The well-known American actress Marlon Brando declares. . .  “In Hollywood the golden calf which stifles everything reigns.  The cinema is not art.  It is big business.  A reflection of ordinary, simple, genuine life is totally impermissible here.'” . . . . . In Hollywood Brando commented:  “That this is a flagrant piece of propaganda is shown by the fact that they don’t even know whether I am male or female.  Are they so confused they think my name might be Marlene?  I deny the statement attributed to me.  I wish I could think of something funny to say.”  –09-18-1954

The hushed talk in Hollywood is that one of the biggest stars has leukemia.  –MS: 09-18-1954


LOS ANGELES—Actress Eve Arden, the “Our Miss Brooks” of radio and TV, gave birth to a son at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital yesterday.  She and actor Brooks West have two daughters and an infant son who was adopted.  The new baby was named Douglas Brooks.  –SPT: 09-18-1954


Eugene Pallette, 65, rotund (285 Ibs.), sandpaper-voiced Hollywood character actor; of cancer; in Los Angeles. Born in Winfield, Kans., where his actor-parents were playing a one-night stand in East Lynne, Actor Pallette made more than 1200 films, first as a juvenile lead in the Norma Talmadge era, later as an archetypical funny fatman (The Ghost Goes West, Heaven Can Wait).  –TM: 09-13-1954

Geraldine Carr, 37, the gabby Mabel of TV’s popular I Married Joan; in a midnight automobile crash on Laurel Canyon Boulevard; in Hollywood. –TM: 09-13-1954

Harry Conway (“Bud”) Fisher, 69, creator of the comic strip Mutt and Jeff; of cancer; in Manhattan. Starting in 1907 with a sports-page cartoon about a chinless horse-race tipster named Augustus Mutt, Fisher added runty, harebrained Jeff four months later, made a merry fortune (at his peak in the ’20s he earned $300,000 a year) whirling them around on a ceaseless merry-go-round of fights, skulduggeries and amiable confusion.  –TM:  09-20-1954

Jay Catherwood Hormel, 61, board chairman of George A. Hormel & Co.; of a heart ailment; in Austin, Minn.  As a World War I lieutenant in the Quartermaster Corps, Hormel won the plaudits of the brass by showing meat packers how to bone beef before it was shipped overseas (saving 40% in cargo space), came home to make a fortune for his father’s meat-packing company and fame of a different sort in World War II by inventing Spam, a canned pork product, which became the ubiquitous item on Allied military menus the world over.  In 1931 Iconoclast Hormel shocked fellow packers by initiating a radical annual-wage plan to help his employees ride out seasonal employment fluctuations, later expanded benefit programs to include joint-earnings systems and a profit-sharing trust, took unceasing pride in his claim that no Hormel executive ever lived more than a block away from a Hormel C.I.O. worker.  –TM: 09-13-1954*

*I included this post because of the sponsor association between Hormel’s Spam and the Burns & Allen Show.

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Old Time Radio Notes
(Taken from various newspapers, from
August 16, 1939)

From Louella Parsons’ column:

. . . “Grand Old Opery,” title of a Southern radio program, has been bought by Republic.  Based on broadcasts by hillbillies of the Tennessee mountains who have never seen a city nor worn shoes, we are promised we’ll see the genuine article in the movie . . .

From Buck Herzog’s column:

. . . In six years of hobnobbing with motion picture stars this department has met practically everybody worthy of meeting except the Marx brothers whom we have always regarded as being the peers of either stage or screen performers.  So, learning about the shooting of “A Day at the Circus” at Metro, we ambled over for a looksee and our first disillusionment.

Groucho was having a tough time in a love scene.  “Put a lot of ‘schmaltz’ into it,” Director Eddie Buzzell instructed.  “You’re in love with the girl—let’s see you really act it.”  Groucho grimaced, replied:  “Listen, Buzzell, a Marx brother will do anything in a picture but act.  When you want actors, call in our standins.” 

From Jimmie Fidler’s Column:

. . . Your favorite comedienne, Penny Singleton, has proved that blondes aren’t so dumb—she’s invented a home hairwaving gadget and one of the big electric appliance companies is dickering for the right to market it.

From “The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette”…..

. . . Eddie Cantor says he has “another Deanna Durbin” in a 13-year-old singer whom the banjo-eyed comedian plans to introduce on his new radio program.

. . . Songwriter Harold J. Rome paid for his Hollywood vacation in half a day when he turned out “Steal America First” for Benny Goodman in exactly that time.  The swing king used the novelty song on his Saturday night broadcast.

. . . Bert Lahr gets the movie break he’s had coming to him for a long time in “The Wizard of Oz.”  His performance as the Cowardly Lion should force the Academy into establishing a new Oscar for comedians.

. . . Orson Welles had Lucille Ball out last Tuesday night and a columnist reported that he went to the Victor Hugo with her on Wednesday night, too.  It so happened Welles was working at his Brentwood home that particular evening and Miss Ball was night-clubbing it with her steady boy friend, Director Al Hall.  So Orson sent Miss Ball a telegram which read:  “I shall never forget Wednesday night.”

. . . The White House has approved the screen-play of Damon Runyon’s, “A Call on the President,” which will co-feature Jack Oakie and Ann Sothern as the Joe Turps.

. . . Leslie Howard finished “Intermezzo” a week ago but had to stick around for two days of retakes on “Gone With the Wind” before he could pull out for England.

. . . Roland Young went to the San Francisco Fair and took in Sally Rand’s Nude Ranch.  After watching the scantily-clad rancherettes play ping-pong for 10 minutes, he turned to a friend and said: “What’s the score?”

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