True Stories Of Tinseltown

Classic movies, true stories of tinseltown. All about classic Hollywood.

June 18th, 2019    

Part 1. I talk to Victoria Riskin about her book about her parents Fay Wray and Robert Riskin: A Hollywood Memoir…Great stuff

I had such a wonderful time talking to Victoria Riskin, daughter of Fay Wray and screenwriter Robert Riskin. They both had amazing lives prior to meeting. Then incredible lives together.  Fay going with her sisters beau to Hollywood at FOURTEEN!. He was entrusted with Fays care. He had her living with a respectable family. Her mom made way to Fay after a psychic reading saying Fay was in trouble with guy. Fay was not delighted to have mom back, but still started doing silent movies in her teens. We talk King Kong. Fay had to scream for eight hours straight on a sound stage. Fay has been called the first scream queen. She was so much more then the babe King Kong fell in love with. She did a lot of horror type films, but she did a lot of other straight rolls. Her first husband was a trip. She was so young and so patient. Robert came to Hollywood after being a successful Broadway producer. He was screenwriter of so many films, Illicit, The Miracle Woman,  Ann Carvers profession (it starred Fay but they never met) , Mr Deeds Comes To Town, Meet John Doe, Lost Horizon and so many more. He had a long partnership with Frank Capra. He dated Carole Lombard and Glenda Farrell. Fay left her husband after many horrible stunts he pulled. He was an alcoholic and drug addict. He kidnapped their daughter twice. After their divorce he hung himself. She got involved with Clifford Odets but he wanted no part of marriage to Fay. A matchmaking pal set up Fay with Robert and the rest was history. There is so much we got too. We could have gone on longer. So much we didn't get to. The book is fabulous. It's a wonderful Hollywood memoir. 

Thanks so much to Victoria for coming on the show. She was fun and open. What stories. 

Mostly thanks to the listeners. You are the best.
Grace
xoxo

her website

www.victoriariskin.com

https://www.amazon.com/Fay-Wray-Robert-Riskin-Hollywood-ebook/dp/B07DBQ6P93/ref=sr_1_1?crid=87QWD96E1SN6&keywords=victoria+riskin&qid=1560874704&s=books&sprefix=Victoria+Riskin%2Cstripbooks%2C145&sr=1-1

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June 18th, 2019    

Part two I talk to Victoria Riskin about her book about her parents Fay Wray and Robert Riskin: A Hollywood Memoir…Great stuff

I had such a wonderful time talking to Victoria Riskin, daughter of Fay Wray and screenwriter Robert Riskin. They both had amazing lives prior to meeting. Then incredible lives together.  Fay going with her sisters beau to Hollywood at FOURTEEN!. He was entrusted with Fays care. He had her living with a respectable family. Her mom made way to Fay after a psychic reading saying Fay was in trouble with guy. Fay was not delighted to have mom back, but still started doing silent movies in her teens. We talk King Kong. Fay had to scream for eight hours straight on a sound stage. Fay has been called the first scream queen. She was so much more then the babe King Kong fell in love with. She did a lot of horror type films, but she did a lot of other straight rolls. Her first husband was a trip. She was so young and so patient. Robert came to Hollywood after being a successful Broadway producer. He was screenwriter of so many films, Illicit, The Miracle Woman,  Ann Carvers profession (it starred Fay but they never met) , Mr Deeds Comes To Town, Meet John Doe, Lost Horizon and so many more. He had a long partnership with Frank Capra. He dated Carole Lombard and Glenda Farrell. Fay left her husband after many horrible stunts he pulled. He was an alcoholic and drug addict. He kidnapped their daughter twice. After their divorce he hung himself. She got involved with Clifford Odets but he wanted no part of marriage to Fay. A matchmaking pal set up Fay with Robert and the rest was history. There is so much we got too. We could have gone on longer. So much we didn't get to. The book is fabulous. It's a wonderful Hollywood memoir. 

Thanks so much to Victoria for coming on the show. She was fun and open. What stories. 

Mostly thanks to the listeners. You are the best.
Grace
xoxo

her website

www.victoriariskin.com

https://www.amazon.com/Fay-Wray-Robert-Riskin-Hollywood-ebook/dp/B07DBQ6P93/ref=sr_1_1?crid=87QWD96E1SN6&keywords=victoria+riskin&qid=1560874704&s=books&sprefix=Victoria+Riskin%2Cstripbooks%2C145&sr=1-1

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June 11th, 2019    

I talk to author Sara Jordan-Heintz who wrote Going Hollywood: Midwesterners In Movieland.. We talk Iowa native Jean Seberg

Author Sara Jordan-Heintz is back to talk about one of the subjects in her book Going Hollywood:Midwesterners In Movieland, actress Jean Seberg. Jean was from Sara's hometown. Jean was discovered in a countrywide search to star in Otto Premingers Saint Joan. She was chosen a month before her eighteenth birthday. She had only acted in High School plays prior to her discovery. She got bad notices for her portrayal of Joan. She did another film Bonjour Tristesse where she got pretty bad notices. She really broke out when she was cast in  Jean-Luc Godard's landmark film Breathless. It started new wave cinema in France. 

Jean had a stormy life. Was married three time. She fell in love with Clint Eastwood while they were filming Paint Your Wagon. He dumped her when filming was over.  For him it was just a film fling. 

Jean caught the eye of J Edgar Hoover when she donated to The Black Panthers for feeding underprivileged  children in a breakfast program. He then set out to destroy Jean. He tapped her phones, had huge files on her, and when she got pregnant he coordinated with some publishers to tell the masses Jean was having a Black Panthers baby. He advised waiting until Jean was showing, then L.A. times gossip columnist Joyce Haber published the article as did Newsweek. Soon after Jean lost the baby prematurely. She, feeling the pressure took her daughter in a glass casket to an Iowa church and had a showing for two days so people could see the baby was white. Jean tried to kill herself every year on the baby's birthday. It's a fascinating story and shows how much power J Edgar Hoover had in destroying lives. Jeans was truly tragic.

Thanks so much to Sara for coming on the show to discuss Jean.

Mostly thanks to you for tuning in.

Grace

xo

Sara Jordan Heintz

https://www.amazon.com/Going-Hollywood-Midwesterners-Sara-Jordan-Heintz/dp/0692752234/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2O15TAOL8NJ09&keywords=sara+jordan+heintz&qid=1560271530&s=books&sprefix=Sara+Jordon+%2Cstripbooks%2C125&sr=1-1

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