The Bennetts: An Acting Family by Brian Kellow

By Brian Kellow

" The Bennetts: An performing family members is a chronicle of 1 of the royal households of degree and reveal. The saga starts off with Richard Bennett, a small-town Indiana roughneck who grew as much as be one of many shiny lighting fixtures of the hot York degree in the course of the early 20th century. In time, even if, Richard's status was once eclipsed by way of that of his daughters, Constance and Joan, who went to Hollywood within the Nineteen Twenties and located significant good fortune there. Constance grew to become the highest-paid actress of the early Thirties, incomes up to $30,000 per week in melodramas. Later she reinvented herself as a comedienne within the vintage comedy Topper , with Cary Grant.. After a sluggish begin as a blonde ingenue, Joan dyed her hair black and have become one of many screen's nice temptresses in motion pictures similar to Scarlet highway . She additionally starred in such lighter fare as Father of the Bride . within the Sixties, Joan received a brand new new release of lovers while she seemed within the gothic sunlight hours tv serial darkish Shadows . The Bennetts can be the tale of one other Bennett sister, Barbara, whose promising beginnings as a dancer gave strategy to a turbulent marriage to singer Morton Downey and a gentle decline into alcoholism. Constance and Joan have been between Hollywood's greatest stars, yet their own lives have been whatever yet serene. In 1943, Constance grew to become entangled in a hugely publicized court docket conflict with the family members of her millionaire ex-husband, and in 1951, Joan's husband, manufacturer Walter Wanger, shot her lover in wide sunlight, sparking one of many greatest Hollywood scandals of the Nineteen Fifties. Brian Kellow, good points editor of Opera information journal, is the coauthor of can not help making a song: The lifetime of Eileen Farrell . He lives in manhattan and Connecticut.

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The Wasserman test, the standard means of monitoring the blood for venereal disease, had been developed in 1906, and salvarsan, known as Dr. Ehrlich’s “magic bullet,” had been introduced in 1910. But not until 1935 would any American state— 45 The Bennetts Connecticut—require both men and women to pass a blood test before being granted a marriage license. Immediately, Richard took the Damaged Goods script to Charles Frohman, who told him that the play didn’t have a chance of being produced and to do himself the favor of forgetting about it as quickly as possible.

As the tour was about to end, he decided to seek out Mabel and divorce her for desertion. ” When he reached the apartment, a red-headed Irish maid answered the door. Richard was attempting to explain who he was and why he’d come when he heard a baby crying in the next room. There, in a bed behind a screen, lay Mabel. Richard knelt by the bed, kissing Mabel again and again, and after a few moments they had forgiven each other and admitted that their behavior had been willful and thoughtless. Only then did Richard ask if he had a son or a daughter.

The southernmost section of Fort Lee, Palisade adjoined Cliffside Park and the Palisades Amusement Park. Later, in their official biographies, Richard and his daughters would refer to this residence as being in “Palisade, New Jersey,” which is a little like substituting Park Slope for Brooklyn. No doubt Palisade was chosen because it sounded more glamorous than Fort Lee. The Bennetts moved into their new home at 1074 Dearborn Road, which they christened “Benn-Morr,” on July 23, 1906. The month of August brought a number of changes to the family’s life.

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