Saturday, July 10, 2010

The BFF's of Classic Hollywood, Part 2

Yesterday I talked to you about some of the friendships made in Classic Hollywood and today I am going to tell you a couple more. After all it is hard to mention all of them in just one day. Let's hear some more shall we?

Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers were one of Hollywood's most beloved dance teams in the 1930s. They first starred together in Flying Down to Rio (1933) and by the mid-1930s they were making one musical a year. It was obvious that they liked one another, it shows in their dancing. Fred's nickname for Ginger was feathers for when they did Top Hat in 1935 when they danced their famous cheek to cheek number Ginger wore a dress she designed that had ostrich feathers top to bottom and as they danced some of the feathers came off and got stuck on Fred's suit.

They had alot in common too which added more to their friendship: They were both stauch Republicans, they loved to dance (which was rather obvious), they both began their careers on both Vaudeville and the Broadway stage, and they both got Oscars at some point in their lives. She a Best Actress Oscar in 1940 for Kitty Foyle and he an Honorary Oscar in 1950 for his contribution to dance which was presented to him by Ginger. They remained close friends until Fred's death in 1987.

Errol Flynn and John Barrymore were very much friends. They drank together quite a bit and they often met with one another once in a while to play golf or gamble. Flynn always said that John Barrymore was an idol to him and in 1958, a year before his death, he portrayed him in the biopic Too Much, Too Soon. Barrymore would die of a heart attack in 1942 and it was said that when his wake was held Flynn actually came over to his home and proped him up in his favorite chair and acted as though he was still alive.

Bette Davis and Olivia de Havilland were lifelong friends. They both were under contract to Warner Bros. in the 1930s and 1940s. They starred together in It's Love I'm After (1937), The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939), In This Our Life (1942), and Hush...Hush Sweet Charlotte (1964). When Bette was honored by the American Film Institute in 1977 Olivia came down from France to honor her and when Bette's centenial birthday came to be Olivia came down to celebrate it even though Bette didn't live to see it.

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