Monday, April 9, 2012

Joan Bennett Week: Happy Valentine's Day, Hedda



Hedda Hopper was a horrible human being. A failed actress, Hopper found her true calling in life when she started writing 'Hedda Hopper's Hollywood' for the Los Angeles Times in 1938, which was devoted to making the world a worse place. Seriously, she was a comicbook supervillain. Among the many people she victimized in her column were Charlie Chaplin, Joseph Cotten, Cary Grant and Joan Bennett.

Above is a clipping from the Waukesha Daily Freeman in February, 1950, describing Bennett's "gift" of a skunk to Hopper on Valentine's Day. It doesn't mention if the animal was alive or dead, but I suspect Hopper devoured it whole, regardless.  The clipping is short, but contains toxic levels of Bitch. One of my testicles crawled into my body the first time I read it.

5 comments:

  1. I'll bet you know who Hedda Hopper's son was, don't you? (no, not Dennis)

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  2. It was the actor from Perry Mason, right? The guy who played Paul Drake?

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  3. Yup! Kenneth Hopper. Also played Natalie Wood's dad in "Rebel Without a Cause" and horrible Rhoda Penmark's dad in "The Bad Seed."

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  4. This is odd---Wikipedia reports that it was Joan FONTAINE that sent her a skunk. Who writes Wikipedia anyway? Unless Joan Fontaine ALSO sent her a skunk?

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  5. It was Joan who sent her the skunk, and in turn, Hedda named it "Joan"!

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