Paul Bern
Screenwriter, director, producer
Paul Bern
Paul Bern was a German-born American film director, screenwriter and producer for MGM.
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Santa Jean - La Repubblica
Google News - over 5 years
Nel 1932 sposa Paul Bern, altro produttore di Beverly Hills, di 22 anni più anziano: schiacciato dalla sua bellezza, Paul non regge alla gelosia e si spara un colpo in testa. Di fianco alla pistola, lascia un biglietto: "Tu lo sai che ieri è stata solo
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MEDIA; 3 Journalists Resign in Clash Of Old and New In Hollywood
NYTimes - almost 16 years
Vernon Scott, a retired 78-year-old reporter for United Press International who covered Hollywood for decades, still recalls the golden era of the 1940's and 1950's. The town's powerful columnists, Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons, would have trucks outside their offices to haul away Christmas gifts of whiskey, jewelry and clothes, given by
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Lived Fast, Died Young
NYTimes - over 23 years
BOMBSHELL The Life and Death of Jean Harlow. By David Stenn. Illustrated. 370 pp. New York: Doubleday. $22.50. JEAN HARLOW is a classic example of how on-screen and off-screen behavior can contradict each other. In the movies, Harlow was capable of slugging it out verbally as well as physically. In movie after movie, she confronts both male and
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Critic's Notebook; A No-Apologies Woman for the 90's: Harlow
NYTimes - over 23 years
JEAN HARLOW represented everything that straitlaced 1930's America was supposed to despise. She played platinum-haired prostitutes, gold diggers and other trashy types with no apologies. In "Red-Headed Woman," she strategically places a picture of her rich, married boss under her garter and says, "It'll get me more there than it will hanging on the
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TV Weekend; A Hollywood Sexpot And Her Short Career
NYTimes - over 23 years
Jean Harlow's short life, off screen and on, was the stuff of which movie magazines of her era were made. (In this era, it would be television docudramas.) On screen she was a naughty but nice 1930's girl, slinking, slithering and showing more than a glimpse of stocking for the benefit of tough guys like Gable, Cagney and Tracy. Off screen she made
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Paul Bern
    FORTIES
  • 1932
    Age 42
    Marx, at the time MGM's Story Editor (the head of the screenwriting department) said he had gone to Bern's house in the early morning of 5 September 1932, before the police were notified of the body's discovery, and had seen Thalberg tampering with the evidence.
    More Details Hide Details The next day, he had been among the studio executives who were told by Louis B. Mayer that the case would have to be ruled "suicide because of impotence" in order to avoid a scandal which would have finished Harlow's film career. Marx, after reviewing the evidence, concluded that Bern was murdered by his abandoned common law wife Dorothy Millette, who then committed suicide by drowning, jumping overboard from the Delta King on the way from San Francisco to Sacramento, California.
    Two thousand people attended Bern's funeral held on September 9, 1932 at the Grace Chapel at the Inglewood Park Cemetery.
    More Details Hide Details Conrad Nagel delivered the eulogy. Bern was cremated, and his ashes were interred in the Golden West Mausoleum at Inglewood Park Cemetery. In the November 1960 issue of Playboy, screenwriter Ben Hecht questioned the official verdict of Bern's death, causing renewed interest in the case. Hecht suggested that Bern was murdered by an unnamed woman and that the investigation into Bern's death was a "suicide whitewash". Hecht went on to say that the explanation of Bern's suicide "would be less a black eye for their MGM's biggest movie making heroine. It might crimp her Harlow's box office allure to have her blazoned as a wife who couldn't hold her husband". The article prompted Los Angeles County District Attorney William B. McKesson to reopen the case, but McKesson later closed it stating, "When I ordered the record check I assumed Hecht was still a responsible reporter. It now appears that he apparently was peddling a wild and unconfirmed rumor as fact."
    They announced their engagement in June 1932 and married on July 2, 1932.
    More Details Hide Details Two months after marrying Jean Harlow, on September 5, Bern was found dead from a gunshot to the head in their home on Easton Drive in Beverly Hills, California. The coroner ruled his death a suicide. Police discovered a note at the scene that read as follows: "Dearest Dear, Unfortuately sic this is the only way to make good the frightful wrong I have done you and to wipe out my abject humiliation, I Love sic you. Paul You understand that last night was only a comedy" Authorities viewed this as a suicide note signed by Bern. To the police, and before a grand jury, Harlow's only statement was that she "knew nothing". Harlow never publicly spoke on the matter. She died in 1937.
    He helped to launch the career of Jean Harlow, whom he married in July 1932; two months later, he was found dead of a gunshot wound, leaving what appeared to be a suicide note.
    More Details Hide Details Various alternate theories of his death have been proposed. Film producer Samuel Marx believed that he was killed by his ex-common law wife Dorothy Millette, who jumped to her death from a ferry soon afterwards. Bern was born Paul Levy in Wandsbek, which was then a town in the Prussian province of Schleswig-Holstein (now a district of the city of Hamburg). He was one of six children of Julius and Henriette (née Hirsch) Levy, a Jewish couple. Julius worked as a clerk for a shipping company before opening a candy store. In 1898, Julius decided to move the family to the United States due to the rise of unemployment and anti-Jewish attitudes in Wandsbek. The family eventually settled in New York City. Julius Levy died in 1908. In 1920, Henriette Levy drowned herself, possibly as a threat to keep her beloved son from marrying.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1889
    Born
    Born on December 3, 1889.
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