Colleen Moore’s first husband, studio executive John McCormick, was, in many ways, responsible for steering the meteoric rise of her flapper film career. Unfortunately, he was also an alcoholic and frequently abusive.
Director Mervyn LeRoy in his fascinating autobiography Take One, describes a terrifying night when McCormick, on a bender, tried to hurl Moore out of a N.Y. hotel window. LeRoy—from an assimilated Jewish San Francisco family whose last name was probably Levine—saved Moore’s life by smashing McCormick over the head with a chair. The gallant and properly violent LeRoy—at the time a top “comedy constructor” for Moore—remained as her protector the entire night, the two of them aimlessly walking the streets of New York.
In Hollywood past and present, major movie stars have major tzuris.
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Hey, remember that gigoondo warm/worshipful welcome for President Obama in Iraq? I do. Frankly, I was puzzled. It’s well known that the military voted overwhelmingly for McCain. Well, mystery solved. The entire event was staged by David Axelrod and company. My buddy Joshua Pundit reveals the Obama Oz effect. Disgraceful.
Ma’ayan Ariel says: “Seraphic Secret will be off-line as we celebrate the last days of Pesach—Matzoh Brei rocks! We’ll return on Friday with an extra special edition of Friday Footwear—my very favorite! My Saba and Savta, Mommy and Daddy, my favorite Tante, Offspring #3, and her fiance—can I be a flower girl?—wish all our friends and relatives a Chag Kasher V’sameach.”