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Los Angeles Mirror News
November 18, 1958
June Allyson is highly appreciative of the solicitude of hundreds of fans who keep writing to tell her how to get rid of the huskiness of her voice, but she says:
The actress says she is fully aware there is an imperfection in her voice but that, since she has had it since the start of her film career, she probably wouldn’t seem the same without it.
July 9, 1945
Hollywood (Special)—There’s a cute little blonde in Hollywood whose pictures are pinned up as much as any, and yet the very G.I.’s who ask for those pictures say, “We like you because you’re not a Pin-Up Girl.”
Subject of this paradox is pert June Allyson.
Traditionally, service men are devoted to those motion picture femmes who qualify in the Peggy and Varga girl brackets, and it’s true that there are hundreds of thousands of super glamour pictures hung above bunks in battleships and in barracks all over the world. But all of the sudden, June has nosed into Hollywood’s first five for G.I fan mail—and she doesn’t get her thousands of letters on that type of appeal at all!
by June Allyson
Saturday Evening Post
July 5, 1947
The role of Barbara, in Music for Millions, was literally a tonic for me. I was in bed recuperating from pneumonia when I had learned I had been assigned to the part; twenty minutes later, I was out of bed and feeling fine. Over a longer period this part proved equally good for my career. It was my first straight dramatic role, and the most adult, intelligent one I have ever played.
by Babs Carter
Submitted by miles adrift
YOU drive west from Hollywood, out Sunset, past Bel Air, out the long winding road past UCLA, on up the hills and down, and finally you come to pretty tree-lined Cannelina Street. Hopefully you scan the numbers on the gates. You are looking for La Hacienda de la Senora Orson Welles, professionally known as Senorita Rita Hayworth. For you have a date and a welcome there, you know.
by Daphne McVicker
Vic Mature lounged onto the set and stared at the girl they’d picked for him to kick around in this script.
“My God,” someone whispered. “What a gorgeous combination. Add up a couple of beautiful humans like that—Vic Mature and Rita Hayworth. What if—”
Hollywood is always ready for a new “what if.” Even though Vic was still married, and Rita and Ed Judson Hollywood’s prize couple. Ed was a husband who helped her with her career, adored her—and Vic was the man with a hundred girls. But “what if” they said. And, of course, Vic knew they were saying it. He grinned across at the red-headed gorgeous gal whose dark, shadowed eyes lifted to his with a question. “We know the answers, don’t we?” Vic seemed to say.
by Charles Vidor
RITA HAYWORTH has to work with other directors. I have to work with other stars. Therefore it is, I suppose, very indiscreet of me to say that she is my favorite star—and I hope I am her favorite director. But that is what she is and that is what I hope I am.
“OH, sure, I chuck her in a trunk and saw her U. football team in Albuquerque. Voted No. 1in half!” barks Orson Welles flicking a thumb in Rita Hayworth’s direction. “Wanta see me do it?” A thousand hollers rise from the G.I. audience down front as the mirrors start chopping the lovely chassis in two. And what about the night the signals got mixed! She forgot the combination unlocking the trunk from the inside and was scrunched up in a tight ball for hours while the genius frantically raced around backstage trying to conjure up the keys! He had more luck with Vic Mature—hesto-prestoed him out of her life in two flips.
By Regina Cannon
Unaffected and unspoiled, you’ll like Eleanor Powell
“AND BELIEVE it or not,” Eleanor Powell rushed on breathlessly, “I play a part. I speak lines. In fact, I play two parts; you see, it’s dual personality business!”
Miss Powell, in case we’ve jumped you, is featured in “Broadway Melody of 1936.” Miss Powell is the twenty-year-old dancing sensation of New York night clubs and musical comedies. Miss Powell has been adjudged the world’s greatest feminine tap dancer by the Dancing Masters of America. And yet. that which principally interests Miss Powell is that she has lines to speak! ‘Twas ever thus, we suppose, since the time the clown wanted to play Hamlet and the millionaire’s son had designs on driving a taxi.
September 10, 1948
Eleanor Powell, $5,000 a week dancing star, will quit her career for her family.“I’d love to have another child,” she said. “I’d be ashamed to tell you how many more I want. I love children.”The wife of actor Glenn Ford, she said she is not expecting a child now. They have a son, Peter, three and a half months old.
Miss Powell said a 10-week night club tour across the country in the near future will be her last.
She wants to do one more film dance part “to see how I look in color” and show at London’s Palladium next spring before retirement.
by Jane Powell
Motion Picture Magazine
July 3, 1955
America–being an American–is something I’ve been taking for granted most of my life. Perhaps that’s one of the secrets of it’s greatness, that we aren’t forced to think consciously of our country first, ourselves second. For it’s the individual who is considered important here; and from healthy, happy, self-reliant individuals, good citizens are formed to create a free, vital nation unique in its optimism, enterprising spirit, and deep faith that tomorrow will be even brighter than today. Fear? How can we even be afraid of the dark when we live in the light of opportunity, and laughter is spontaneous, like music!
by Jane Powell
October 23, 1950
Since I’ve had the experience of dancing with Fred Astaire in MGM’s ROYAL WEDDING, I know what it is like to work with a champion, an something about what it takes to make a champion.
This doesn’t make me a champion, nor necessarily, even an expert dancer. But since I worked with Fred I feel I know what a person must do if he hopes to become really good in any line of work.
by S.J. Woolf
New York Times Magazine
December 5, 1943
It is not often that anyone has a chance to make a portrait of one of the ten highest salaried people in the country. Yet anything can happen in Hollywood, and this very thing happened the other day when I went to see Ginger Rogers. For Miss Rogers, blond-haired, blue-eyed and full of fervor and enthusiasm, was last year the highest paid movie actress in the land.
With Game Conductor Katherine Hartley
So you thought you knew everything there is to know about Ginger Rogers! Well, this is no picture of a serious careerist, it’s the fun-loving Ginger, who jumps into this old game of truth or consequences with the zest that makes her beloved by studio workers and stars alike. She coiled quits on six of the questions—the forfeits she paid an pictured on the opposite page, but think of all the fun in store for you imagining what her answers should have been.
THE snappy Ginger has decided to park her dancing shoes for the time being and go in for a little serious dray-ma. And so, you’ll see her with the volatile Katharine Hepburn in “Stage Door.” Her role is indeed a “straight” one for, believe it or not, she’s to portray a movie actress. That shouldn’t be terribly difficult, should it?
Movie Stars Parade
JUST LIKE A MOVIE has been the real life of Virginia Katherine McMath—our own Ginger Rogers. While her father, Eddins McMath, found holding a job difficult her mother,” Lela Owens McMath, earned a scanty living as piano player in a nickelodeon. Lela left McMath, and shortly thereafter, he kidnapped the year-old Ginger and fled with her to a Texas swamp. There Lela traced them and brought her baby home—only to have her kidnapped again. When Ginger was three the McMaths were divorced; Ginger’s father died a few years later.