Lois Moran (March 1, 1909 – July 13, 1990) was an American film actress who appeared in over thirty motion pictures from 1924 to 1931, but her major claim to fame was probably as F. Scott Fitzgerald’s inspiration for the character of “Rosemary” in his classic novel ‘Tender Is the Night’ (1934).
Lois Moran was born Lois Darlington Dowlin on March 1, 1909 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She trained in dance as a child and in 1919 at the age of ten, Moran moved to Paris with her mother to study seriously. She danced and sang for several years at the Paris National Opera and appeared in two silents in the early 1920s while still in France. Moran returned to America where she made a highly successful screen debut as the daughter of Stella Dallas (played by Belle Bennett) in the classic silent “Stella Dallas” (1925). Lois Moran went on to appear in over thirty movies and shorts during her career appearing with such actors as Lon Chaney, Al Jolson, Ronald Colman, John Gilbert, Richard Barthelmess, Warner Baxter, and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. Moran’s credits include the silent hit “The Road to Mandalay” (1926) and early sound movies such as “Behind That Curtain” (1929) and early musicals such as “A Song of Kentucky” (1929), “Words and Music” (1929), and “Mammy” (1930). Like many actors and actresses from the silent film era, Lois Moran did not make a successful transition from silents to talkies. In 1931 Moran left movies and turned to Broadway with lead singing roles in the highly successful George and Ira Gershwin musical satire “Of Thee I Sing” and its somewhat less popular sequel “Let ‘Em Eat Cake.”
Lois Moran reportedly had a brief affair with writer F. Scott Fitzgerald while he was a screenwriter in Hollywood and was an inspiration for the character of Rosemary Hoyt in Fitzgerald’s novel ‘Tender is the Night’ (1934). Fitzgerald once remarked that Moran was “The most beautiful girl in Hollywood”.
In 1935, Lois Moran married Clarence M. Young, the Assistant Secretary of Commerce, retiring from Hollywood and Broadway. Moran came back briefly in a role in the short-lived TV series “Waterfront” (1954–1955). The show starred Preston Foster as Capt. John Herrick and Lois Moran as his wife May Herrick. In her later years Moran settled in Sedona, Arizona with her husband (he died in 1972) where she ran a weekly local column for a time.
Lois Moran died of cancer on July 13, 1990 in Sedona at age 81.
“I don’t think much of most of the films I made, but being a movie star was something I liked very much.” ~ Joan Bennett
“I feel positively like a Beatle.” ~ Joan Bennett in response to the attention she was getting with the success of the cult series Dark Shadows (1966).
“After ‘Trade Winds’ was released, I was greeted as Miss Lamarr in dimly lit restaurants. Personally, I liked the idea of escaping from all that bland, blonde innocence and thought the whole thing was very funny, but I don’t think Hedy found the comparisons very amusing.” ~ Joan Bennett
“Whenever trouble arose in Hollywood, the first cry for legal help was, ‘Get Giesler!’.” ~ Joan Bennett on Hollywood attorney Jerry Giesler
“That beautiful sister of mine was an overwhelming and volatile mixture. One had the feeling that she’d been shot from a canon and showered her sparks over an incredulous world with no thought or care where they fell, a carbon copy of father. She was like some silvery comet who streaked through life with daring speed, the wellspring of which was an inner confidence that I deeply admired. At times, particularly in childhood, I was intimidated by her but she dictated from an aura of affection for me that was never threatening.” ~ Joan Bennett
“My film career faded. A man can go on playing certain roles till he`s sixty. But not a woman… The golden age is gone, and with it most of the people of great taste. It doesn’t seem to be any fun any more.” ~ Joan Bennett in a 1984 interview.
THE SPIRIT… so willing! THE FLESH… so weak!
THE ROMANCE… so wonderful!
“The Ghost and Mrs. Muir” (1947 – 20th Century Fox) is a romantic fantasy film starring Gene Tierney and Rex Harrison along with George Sanders, Edna Best, and Natalie Wood. Produced by Fred Kohlmar and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, the film was based on a 1945 novel of the same name written by Josephine Leslie under the pseudonym of R. A. Dick. In 1945, 20th Century Fox bought the film rights to the novel, which had been published only in the United Kingdom at that time. “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir” was filmed entirely in California and released on June 26, 1947. Charles Lang was nominated for an Oscar for Best Cinematography, Black-and-White for his work on the film. Academy Award winner Bernard Herrmann wrote the score and while his work for this film was not nominated Herrmann considered his musical score for the “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir” to have been his best.
The story line follows a strong willed widow Lucy Muir (Gene Tierney) who, with her young daughter Anna (Natalie Wood) and their maid Martha Huggins (Edna Best), start a new life in a small seaside cottage in 1900 England. On their first night, Mrs. Muir is visited by the ghostly apparition of the former owner, a rough looking but harmless sea captain named Daniel Gregg (Rex Harrison). At first they are hostile towards each other and Mrs. Muir refuses to be scared off. As time goes by Mrs. Muir and Captain Gregg’s ghost grow to respect each other and become friends. When Mrs. Muir finds herself in financial trouble the Captain dictates to her a novel about his life entitled Blood and Swash. His racy recollections make the book a bestseller, allowing Mrs. Muir and her daughter Anna to stay in the seaside cottage and live comfortably. While writing the book, the Captain and Mrs. Muir learn more about each other and become closer, eventually falling in love. Knowing their situation is hopeless, Captain Gregg convinces Mrs. Muir to see ‘real men’. When Mrs. Muir meets Miles Fairlee (George Sanders) and declares her intention to marry him, Captain Gregg decides to disappear from her life permanently. While Mrs. Muir is asleep, he bids her a touching farewell and tells her that when she wakes up she will remember him only as a dream. Shortly afterwards, Mrs. Muir is devastated to learn that Miles is already married and was just stringing her along. She is heartbroken and returns to spend the rest of her life as a single woman in Gull Cottage with her maid Martha to look after her. Mrs. Muir spends a long peaceful life at the cottage. Captain Gregg appears before her at the moment of her death, reaching out, he lifts her young spirit free of her body. The two walk out of the front door arm in arm, into the mist and eternity together.
“You can be much more alone with other people than you are by yourself, even if it’s people you love. That sounds all mixed up, doesn’t it?” ~ Gene Tierney as Lucy Muir
Marla English was a motion picture actress from San Diego, California who appeared in several movies during the 1950s.
Marla English was born Marleine Gaile English on January 4, 1935 in San Diego, California to Bertha Lenore and Arthur H. English. Marla was a nickname given to her by friends of the family who took care of her when her mother fell ill in 1939. English started modeling bathing attire for leading advertising agencies at the age of twelve. During her teen years English enters several bathing beauty contests and each time emerges a winner. During her sophmore year in high school she became a member of San Diego’s Globe Theatre and played roles in their productions of “Mad Woman of Chaillot” and “Cricket on the Hearth” while continuing her modeling career. Upon graduating high school in 1952 English was signed to a contract by Paramount Pictures after winning a San Diego beauty pageant. Paramount brought English along slowly, putting her in bit parts in such films as “Red Garters” (1954) with Rosemary Clooney, Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rear Window” (1954) with James Stewart and Grace Kelly, and “Yankee Pasha” (1954) with Jeff Chandler and Rhonda Fleming. In 1955 English starred opposite John Ireland in “Hell’s Horizon” and with Ralph Meeker in “Desert Sands”.
English received a major break in 1955 when she was cast opposite Spencer Tracy in “The Mountain” (1956), a film which was to be made in France. English was given a smallpox vaccine before leaving to go on location and quickly developed a raging fever and decided to pull out of the movie. As a result Paramount suspends English and replaces her with Barbara Darrow. Parade Magazine was purportedly told that English had fallen in love with Paramount actor Larry Pennell and had became enraged when the studio would not give Pennell a role in the film so they could travel to France together and that was why she had pulled out of the movie. In a September 1955 interview with Parade, English admits pulling out of the film was a very dumb move and she was unsure why she decided against making “The Mountain”.
After Paramount dropped her contact English starred in mostly B-movie films throughout the rest of her Hollywood movie career. Some of these include “Three Bad Sisters” (1956), “Runaway Daughters” (1956), “The She Creature” (1956), and “Flesh and the Spur” (1956). English gave up her acting career in 1956 when she became engaged to San Diego businessman A. Paul Sutherland. English was just twenty-one at the time. Her final film role came in American International’s horror flick “Voodoo Woman” which was released in 1957. The couple married in 1956 and remained together until her death in 2012. English and Sutherland had four sons together and a daughter, Ann, from his previous marriage.
Marla English died December 10, 2012 in Tucson, Arizona after a four-year battle with cancer. English is survived by her husband of fifty-six years, her five children, eight grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
“I wanted to be a success on the stage, the screen, or the radio. So I saved my money and when I had bus fare and $16.82 over, I told my mother, Clara, I was going to leave home. She was heartbroken, but she believed in me.” ~ Carole Landis
“I want to be as good an actress as Bette Davis, and I’d like to be a great singer. But more than that I’d like to be happily married and have some children.” ~ Carole Landis
“We had a wonderful time everywhere overseas. But it was hard. For five months we never gave less than five shows a day. It was too cold to sleep nights and there wasn’t water enough to take a bath. I had to do my own washing. And I ate more sand and fog, than food.” ~ Carole Landis
“Every girl in the world wants to find the right man, someone who is sympathetic and understanding and helpful and strong, someone she can love madly.” ~ Carole Landis
“I know how Lupe Velez felt. You fight just so long and then you begin to worry about being washed up. You fear there’s one way to go and that’s down.” ~ Carole Landis on Lupe Velez’s suicide, which occurred years before her own.
“I have no intention of ending my career in a rooming house, with full scrapbooks and an empty stomach.” ~ Carole Landis