Like so many of my (almost) greatest performances, I was originally cast in some career making leading roles only to be replaced later because they didn’t want to go with an “unknown.” Here now a very rare clip from an early wardrobe test on Tennessee’s picture, “Night Of The Iguana.” Evidently La Gardner was doing some pretty thorough studying of this “unknown” because her performance was literally identicalto mine on this particular take. If I had known I was teaching the Gardner to act I could have been charging tuition.
Just another untold tale of Tinseltown, kids. Now ROLL IT!
If you think you look like Doris Day, congratulations and why not show it off? Enter the Billy Beyond Doris Day Look Alike Contest and you could win over 70 hours of Doris Day digital entertainment! To enter, look, feel like or channel Doris Day, take a pic and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. The winner will receive a folder of 37 Doris Day movies with hours of rare shorts and trailers. (Theatrical trailers, not like mobile homes.) This contest will be running until there is a winner.
Look like Day? Enter today!
Feel like Doris? Who doesn’t?
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I expect this contest will be pretty easy to win because let’s face it…nobody is going to enter.
We all know this gay manual…Swanson, Garbo, Crawford and Dietrich. Check. But recently I came upon a new not new face. Have you seen Gwili? Gwili Andre, peeps. From Denmark. Didn’t last. Bizaare suicide. But the mug! Larry Carr followers make room for face five and add Gwili Andre to your supplement. Let’s google some Gwili…
Gwili Andre (February 4, 1908 – February 5, 1959) was a Danish actress who had a brief career in Hollywood films. Born Gurli Andresen in Copenhagen, Denmark, Andre came to Hollywood in the early 1930s. She appeared in the RKO Studio films, Roar of the Dragon and Secrets of the French Police (both 1932) and began to attract attention for her striking good looks. Her next role in No Other Woman, was not the success the studio expected. Over the next few years she was relegated to supporting roles. Her final role was a minor part in The Falcon’s Brother in 1942. She did not return to the screen, although she spent the rest of her life trying to orchestrate a comeback. As she faced further rejection, she found solace in alcohol. In 1959, on the day after her birthday, she committed suicide in a bizarre fashion. Alone in her apartment in Venice, California, Andre surrounded herself with reams of publicity photographs and press clippings, all of which represented the career she had expected but had not achieved. Setting the paper alight, she allowed herself to be consumed by the fire, sustaining injuries which caused her death. Andre is chiefly recalled as a cautionary example of the indifference of the Hollywood system and the anguish of a person emotionally unable to cope with initial success and promise followed by immediate and irreversible failure.
What am I, new here? Who else did I miss?
Advice to Young Starlettes and Fresh Meat: Give it your best shot but for God’s sake don’t go out there and do a Gwili, ya hear?
No, not a “wheelie”…a GWILI. I said don’t go out there and pull a “Gwili.” It’s not worth it. With a pretty face like that you can do infomercials or trade shows til you’re forty.