Hedda Hopper
Actress, gossip columnist, radio personality
Hedda Hopper
Hedda Hopper was one of America's best-known gossip columnists, notorious for feuding with her arch-rival Louella Parsons. She had been a small-time actress of stage and screen for years before being offered the chance to write the column "Hedda Hopper's Hollywood" for the Los Angeles Times in 1938. This revealed a gift for invective so vicious that it brought physical retaliation from Spencer Tracy and Joseph Cotten, among others.
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A Rebel Without A Clause: James Dean Quotes - Screen Junkies
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You must not allow yourself to be opinionated. You must say, "Wait. Let me see". And above all, you must be honest with yourself." This quote was taken from an interview Dean had with the famous Hedda Hopper. These are general words of wisdom from Dean
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Walter Seltzer, Hollywood Producer and Press Agent Dead at 96 - We Are Movie Geeks
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His successful ad campaign for MGM's “Mutiny on the Bounty” (1935) helped him land a job in the studio's publicity department, where employees alternated giving stories to the gossip columnists of the day — Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons — and were
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Jane Alexander and her role as Queen in “William & Catherine: A Royal Romance” - Hollywoodnews.com
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... in the Hallmark Channel original movie “William & Catherine: A Royal Romance” — adding the role of Queen Elizabeth II to a brilliant roster of real-life characters ranging from Eleanor Roosevelt to Calamity Jane, Hedda Hopper and Georgia O'Keeffe
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Joan Crawford's star shines from comedies to dramas on TCM Aug. 22 - Examiner.com
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Also look for Hedda Hopper and Lionel Stander in small roles. 1936's Love On The Run, airing at 9:15am/8:15c, not only finds Crawford in the familiar role of a high-society girl about to marry, it also once again teams her with co-star Clark Gable and
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Last Brown Derby restaurant building on market for $10.6 million - Los Angeles Times
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Famed gossip columnist Hedda Hopper found the moment fit to cover: "After the opening of the new Brown Derby on Los Feliz Boulevard, owner Bob Cobb piled all of the hundreds of floral greetings into a station wagon and sent them over to Children's
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Guest Post: Hedda Hopper's Hollywood, or Malice in Wonderland by Jennifer Frost - JohnJohnSaidIt.com
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Whether known as the “duchess of dish” or a “gargoyle of gossip,” Hedda Hopper was a powerhouse of Hollywood's golden age. known mostly today for her famous hats—which led to titles such as “Mad-Hatter Hopper” and to an entire “I Love Lucy” episode
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The Centenary of Lucy: We Still Love Her - LifeGoesStrong
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In the episode I saw yesterday, a cameo appearance by Hollywood gossip Hedda Hopper sets the story in motion, but it is Lucy's pratfalls into a swimming pool that get the grins. One might as well be watching a Warner Bros. cartoon from the 1940s
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“FROM SAINT TO WHORE” THE INGRID BERGMAN CHEATING SCANDAL - The National Enquirer
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Returning to the US in 1950, Ingrid was blindsided by gossip columnist Hedda Hopper who badgered her to confirm the rumors that she was three months pregnant. Bergman denied it. Days later, rival columnist Louella Parsons broke the story in the Hearst
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Moon Pilot Part Two: The FBI in Action! - MousePlanet
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Hoover had seen in Hedda Hopper's “Hollywood” column in the February 20, 1961 edition of the New York Daily News that actor Edmond O'Brien had been cast as an FBI agent in a forthcoming Disney live action film titled Moon Pilot
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Old ties bring TV costume designer to Wichita - Kansas.com
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Playing a small part as Hedda Hopper in Music Theatre of Wichita's "Sunset Boulevard" was fun, a bit nerve-racking and very educational. Working with director Mark Madama and, of course, my friend Wayne Bryan was a giant treat
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Confessions of a gossip girl - Irish Independent
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Newspapers have always employed gossip columnists, from Hollywood's legendary Hedda Hopper, who played herself in 'Sunset Boulevard' before her death in 1966, to the 'New York Post's' infamous Page Six and the 'Mirror's' 3am Girls
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All the Publisher's Men - CounterPunch
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This was the era that saw Hoover, all-powerful head of the FBI, working week by week with nationally syndicated columnists like Winchell and Hedda Hopper to destroy suspected Commies, uppity blacks, and kindred subversives. By the mid-1970s radicalism
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Commentary: Ed Sullivan, American idol-maker - Los Angeles Times
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Sullivan had his faults — he was easily riled and got into public feuds he later regretted with stars and fellow columnists (scuffles with Jack Paar, Dick Clark, Hedda Hopper, Bette Davis, Ingrid Bergman, Jackie Mason). Throughout his marriage he
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Peter Falk Dead at 83: COLUMBO, A WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE - Alt Film Guide (blog)
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As per the Los Angeles Times obit, gossip columnist Hedda Hopper labeled Falk as "another James Cagney or John Garfield - a man to replace irreplaceables." As usual, Hopper was way off the mark. Falk, in fact, never became a film star
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That's All, Falk - Paris Match
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La palette de son jeu, versatile d'élégance et de rudesse, fait de lui un espoir d'Hollywood, et la fameuse chroniqueuse Hedda Hopper le compare à James Cagney. Pourtant, c'est hors des sentiers trop proprement battus par les studios de la cité des
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Book Review: Hedda Hopper's Hollywood: Celebrity Gossip And American Conservatism - JohnJohnSaidIt.com
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Hedda Hopper was a remarkable woman. not necessarily likeable, but her influence and reach as Hollywood's – and America's – premier gossip columnist through the middle of last century is without dispute, as this enlightening, if a little academic,
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Book Review: Hedda Hopper's Hollywood: Celebrity Gossip And American Conservatism - New Zealand Herald
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Hedda Hopper (right) with actress Gina Lollobrigida at a Hollywood fashion show in 1964. Photo / AP Hedda Hopper was a remarkable woman. Not necessarily likeable, but her influence and reach as Hollywood's - and America's - premier
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God, I'm Fabulous! - Village Voice (blog)
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--New York Social Diary "The most out there society column of our time ... the bard of brutal truths" --Paper magazine "The Village Voice's combination of Hedda Hopper and a crystal ball -- delighting us all, pissing some people off,
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Hedda Hopper
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  • 1966
    Age 80
    Hopper died on February 1, 1966, of double pneumonia at the age of 80 in Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Hollywood.
    More Details Hide Details She is buried at Rose Hill Cemetery, Altoona, Pennsylvania. For her contribution to the motion picture industry, Hopper has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6313½ Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood. In 1985, Jane Alexander received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination portraying Hopper in the television film Malice in Wonderland, opposite Elizabeth Taylor as Louella Parsons. In 1995, Cynthia Adler portrayed Hedda Hopper in the documentary Carmen Miranda: Bananas is My Business. In 1995, she was portrayed by Katherine Helmond in Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor Story (1995 TV film) In 1999, Rue McClanahan played Priscilla Tremaine, a very thinly veiled version of Hopper, in AMC's The Lot, a comedic limited series about the Golden Age of Hollywood. In 1999 by Fiona Shaw in the movie RKO 281 (1999 TV film). In 2006 by Joanne Linville in James Dean (2001 TV film).
  • 1960
    Age 74
    On January 10, 1960, a television special, Hedda Hopper's Hollywood, aired on NBC.
    More Details Hide Details Hosted by Hopper, guest interviews included a remarkably eclectic mix of past, current and future stars: Lucille Ball (a longtime friend of Hopper), Francis X. Bushman, Liza Minnelli, John Cassavetes, Robert Cummings, Marion Davies (her last public appearance), Walt Disney, Janet Gaynor, Bob Hope, Hope Lange, Anthony Perkins, Debbie Reynolds, James Stewart, and Gloria Swanson. Hopper had several acting roles during the latter part of her career, including brief cameo appearances as herself in the movie Sunset Boulevard (1950) and The Patsy (1964), as well as episodes of The Martha Raye Show, I Love Lucy, The Ford Show, Starring Tennessee Ernie Ford, and The Beverly Hillbillies, starring Buddy Ebsen. Her autobiography, From Under My Hat (Doubleday, 1952) was followed by The Whole Truth and Nothing But (1962), also published by Doubleday. She remained active as a writer until her death, producing six daily columns and a Sunday column for the Chicago Tribune syndicate, as well as writing articles for celebrity magazines such as Photoplay.
  • 1950
    Age 64
    Expanding to 30 minutes on NBC, she was host of a variety series, The Hedda Hopper Show, broadcast from October 14, 1950 to November 11, 1950 on Saturdays, then from November 19, 1950 to May 20, 1951 on Sundays.
    More Details Hide Details This program featured music, talk and dramatized excerpts from movies with well-known guests, such as Broderick Crawford doing a scene from All the King's Men.
  • 1946
    Age 60
    Hopper moved back to CBS October 5, 1946, with a weekly 15-minute program, This Is Hollywood, sponsored by Procter & Gamble.
    More Details Hide Details It ran until June 28, 1947.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1945
    Age 59
    On September 10, 1945, she moved to ABC, still sponsored by Armour, for a weekly program that continued until June 3, 1946.
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  • 1942
    Age 56
    Sponsored by Sunkist, she was heard on CBS three times a week for 15 minutes until October 30, 1942.
    More Details Hide Details From October 2, 1944 to September 3, 1945, Armour Treet sponsored a once-a-week program.
  • 1939
    Age 53
    She debuted as host of her own radio program, The Hedda Hopper Show, November 6, 1939.
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    Hopper had an acting role in a radio soap opera, playing Portia Brent on the Blue Network's Brenthouse beginning in February 1939.
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  • 1938
    Age 52
    Her gossip column called "Hedda Hopper's Hollywood" debuted in the Los Angeles Times on February 14 (St. Valentine's Day), 1938.
    More Details Hide Details After years of struggling as an actress, she had finally found her niche. She christened the home she purchased in Beverly Hills "The House That Fear Built". She maintained a notorious if self-serving rivalry with the longer-established and better-liked Louella Parsons, who had formerly been friendly, sometimes even passing Hopper information. Hopper and Parsons became arch rivals competing fiercely, and often nastily, for the title "Queen of Hollywood", although those who knew both agreed that Hopper, a former actress, was far more vicious and unforgiving in her dealings with those who displeased her than rivals Parsons and Sheilah Graham were ever known to be. Hopper was a fervent Republican. In 1944, for instance, she spoke before the massive rally organized by David O. Selznick in the Los Angeles Coliseum in support of the Dewey-Bricker ticket as well as Governor Earl Warren of California, who would become Dewey's running mate in 1948 and later the Chief Justice of the United States. The gathering drew 93,000, with Cecil B. DeMille as the master of ceremonies and Walt Disney as one of the speakers. Others in attendance included Ronald Reagan, Barbara Stanwyck, Ann Sothern, Ginger Rogers, Randolph Scott, Adolphe Menjou, Dick Powell, Gary Cooper, Edward Arnold, and William Bendix. Despite the good turnout at the rally, most Hollywood celebrities who took a public position sided with the Roosevelt-Truman ticket.
  • 1937
    Age 51
    In 1937, she was offered the chance of a lifetime and embarked on a career doing something she was quite adept at: gossip.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1915
    Age 29
    She began acting in silent movies in 1915.
    More Details Hide Details Her motion picture debut was in The Battle of Hearts (1916) with William Farnum. She appeared in more than 120 movies over the following twenty-three years, usually portraying society women. As her movie career waned in the mid-1930s, Hopper looked for other sources of income.
  • 1913
    Age 27
    On May 8, 1913, she married actor and singer DeWolf Hopper in New Jersey. They had one child, William, who later played Paul Drake in the Perry Mason series. They were divorced in 1922.
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    In 1913, she became the fifth wife of DeWolf Hopper, whose previous wives were named Ella, Ida, Edna and Nella.
    More Details Hide Details The similarity in names caused some friction, as he would sometimes call Elda by the name of one of his former wives. Consequently, Elda Hopper paid a numerologist $10 to tell her what name she should use, and the answer was "Hedda".
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1885
    Born
    Born on May 2, 1885.
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