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"Are you interested in the nocturnal habits of the famous? Then let Celebrity Services inform you that Betty Grable and Harry James sleep in a double bed; that Ray Milland sleeps in pajama tops only and that Paulette Goddard sleeps in the skin God gave her."
Earl Blackwell and Ted Strong founded this curious institution that they called Celebrity Services, Inc. in 1938 - figuring, as they did, that
"Today America has more celebrities than it can keep track of and Celebrity Services aims, simply, to keep track of them."
The organization had done such a bang-up job and gained such credibility as a celebrity sleuthing concern that it wasn't long before the wives of America's luminaries were contacting them wondering if they had any ideas as to where their wayward husbands might be found. The FBI also relied upon them from time to time for enlightenment. Their offices were jammed with boxes filled to the brim with absolute minutiae regarding the lives of 50,000 big shots: Hollywood, Broadway, Washington etc., etc, etc:
"Celebrity Services' office is a busy hodge-podge of files, cross-files, indices, cards folders, stuffed pigeonholes, telephones, confidential memos address books, private dossiers and fat envelopes."
This article confirms that the 3-D film format was brought into existence in 1952 for the same reasons it exists today: to get TV audiences off of their wallets and into the theaters.
If 3-D didn't work, the producers could always attract audiences with this...
It was called the Universal-International School of Motion Picture Drama and it was established in 1948 (the year of it's closing is not so easy to find). The school's young students were all Universal contract players who had been chosen by legendary casting agent Robert Palmer; a few illustrious names from the alumni list include Rock Hudson, Tony Curtis, Shelley Winters, Jeff Chandler and Piper Laurie.
When this Hollywood profile first appeared on paper, actress Lana Turner (1921 – 1995) was all of twenty-nine years of age and about to begin working on A Life of Her Own,
it was her thirtieth movie; her last four films had nearly grossed a record-breaking $20 million, and her smiling mug was on each and every Hollywood fan magazine that could be found.
"Today, the sleek, gray-eyed Lana has shed the plumpness of two years ago, keeps her weight between to 118 and 127 lbs... Now Lana is as shapely as she was in those early days. She has the 'perfect' figure: 5 ft. 3 in., 34-in. bust, 24-in. waist, 34.5 in. hips."
The article is illustrated with photographs from eight of her pre-'49 movies and lists all the husbands that she'd collected up to that same period (she ahd acquired eight husbands before she was through).
Illustrated with a photo of L.A. mobster Mickey Cohen and his wife, this short column from 1949 summarizes one of the many shake-down schemes that the thug would employ to blackmail Hollywood actors during their weaker moments.
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