Did You Know…Hollywood Edition Part 2

 In 1977, Carrie Fisher was only 19 years-old when she played Princess Leia in the legendary film, Star Wars.

Sophia Loren turned down the amour of Cary Grant for director Carlo Ponti’s, instead.  

Was she dropped on her head?

A young Robert Redford and his then wife, Lola, were heartbroken when they lost their first child, Scott Anthony at two and a half months-old, to what’s called, crib death in 1959. They lost their last child, James, at 58 in 2020 to liver cancer. All I know is, you’re not supposed to outlive your children.

After making his directorial debut with Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf in 1966, Mike Nichols fought with Warner Brothers who wanted it whitewashed of all its suggestive profanity he was reluctant to do.

Instead, he asked his good pal, Jackie Kennedy, to join the eighty judges at The National Catholic Office for Motion Pictures at their special screening, sitting directly behind the primary decision makers so when the lights came up, she’d say, “What a beautiful movie. Jack would have loved it,” which she did.

Hence…it passed, without censor.       

It always come down to, who you know.

In 1973, actress Jane Fonda was married to French writer/director Roger Vadim when she realized she was pregnant for the second time. But what she had to tell Roger was, it was Chicago 7’s Tom Hayden’s child, not his.

Monsieur Vadim graciously granted her an amicable divorce so she and Tom could tie the knot on that umbilical cord staying married for 17 years, divorcing in 1990.

Ah, the magnanimity of the French.

Actor Warren Beatty dated, Isabelle Adjani, Leslie Caron, Cher, Julie Christie, Joan Collins, Jane Fonda, Vivien Leigh, Madonna, Michelle Phillips, Mamie Van Doren and Natalie Wood, to just name a few before marrying Annette Benning in 1990, so when he told the magazine, AARP, he’s slept with 12, 775 women, it does make you wonder.

He certainly smiles a lot. 

Going back to the late, great Carrie Fisher. Along with being a celebrated memoirist (Wishful Drinking, Shockoholic), she was an in-demand, script doctor, Steven Spielberg’s Hook about the adventures of James Barrie’s Peter Pan one of her credits.

Tinkerbell says…

‘You know that place between sleep and awake? The place that you still remember dreaming? That’s where I’ll always love you. That’s where I’ll be waiting, Peter Pan.’

Sounds a lot like her, doesn’t it?

We miss you Carrie.  sigh


About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Amazon.com. Thanks.
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26 Responses to Did You Know…Hollywood Edition Part 2

  1. skinnyuz2b says:

    I admire Sophia for choosing the one whose personality she loved rather than the one whose looks she loved.
    As we know only too well, Susannah, regardless of the subject, it’s always been about who you know. Unfortunately, I’ve never known anyone of Jackie’s caliber.

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    • But I just loved that story, reminding you how much power even with the clergy she had back then. Wild!

      As for Ms Loren, yes, who we’re attracted to doesn’t always look good on paper, and Cary, though he cleaned up better than anybody, I’m sure came with a truck load of….wow…what was I thinking. I too prefer an earthier man to one that looks too perfect. It’s just hard to forget Cary Grant. I remember someone saying to him…everyone wants to be Cary Grant and he, me too. 🙂

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  2. Great edition, Susannah. One thing about Ponti, he kept Sophia laughing. I always loved the song by Carley Simon, You’re so Vain, which described Warren Beatty to a T.

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  3. Sorryless says:


    I love these posts, because I always learn so much more than trivia in the reading of them. There’s always something more to cull and this latest installment is no different. I knew Carrie was a baby, but oh my . . 19. And yes, she is missed every single day.

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  4. Dale says:

    I can understand Sophia’s choice. It’s rare you get the one who makes you laugh and feel special in a package as pretty as Cary – not saying it’s impossible, of course… For me, I’ll always take the one who makes me laugh.

    A wonderful edition, Susannah.

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  5. Patricia says:

    Sophia is a wise woman. Warren…well, I wouldn’t believe a word he says.

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  6. It seems like Warren Beatty must have small town’s worth of children by just as many women, statistically speaking; at least a soccer team’s worth. 🙂

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