William Haines
Actor, interior designer
William Haines
Charles William "Billy" Haines was an American film actor and interior designer. He was a star of the silent era until the 1930s, when Haines' career was cut short by MGM Studios due to his refusal to deny his homosexuality. Haines never returned to film and instead started a successful interior design business with his life partner and was supported by friends in Hollywood.
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Hollywood's chased romantic hero - Bay Area Reporter
Google News - over 5 years
Grant also briefly lived with openly gay silent screen star-turned-decorator William Haines. Yet he claimed to be straight – probably a case of sexual identity conflicting with behavior. Either by accident or design, however, hints of his sexual
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Midget Falcons season ends - Wingham Advance Times
Google News - over 5 years
The Wingham boys battled hard all weekend with solid pitching from William Haines and Mike Ballagh and terrific batting. Missing from the tournament action were teammates second baseman Adam Cronin and pitcher George Armstrong who were with the
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Silent star Lon Chaney films speak volumes; TCM Summer Under The Stars August 15 - Examiner.com
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William Haines co-stars as one of O'Hara's recruits, Private George Robert Skeet Burns. For 1927's Mockery, airing at 3:30pm/2:30c Chaney plays a Siberian peasant who befriends a countess (Barbara Bedford) during the Russian Revolution
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Lon Chaney Movie Schedule: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, TELL IT TO THE MARINES ... - Alt Film Guide (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Cast: Lon Chaney, William Haines, Eleanor Boardman. BW-103 mins. 3:30 PM MOCKERY (1927) A peasant saves a countess during the Russian Revolution. Dir: Benjamin Christensen. Cast: Lon Chaney, Ricardo Cortez, Barbara Bedford. BW-70 mins. 4:45 PM MR
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Charleroi training, draining its officers - Monessen Valley Independent
Google News - over 5 years
On Thursday, council added William Haines to its list of part-time officers. The new hirees are the latest in a series of officers to serve the department on a part-time basis. Part-time police in Charleroi have a habit of leaving the Magic City for
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Midgets split games - Wingham Advance Times
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Mike Ballagh homered in the fourth and pitcher William Haines cranked one over the fence in the fifth to put the visitors in the lead. Base hits by Cronin, Ballagh, Fischer,Whitfield and Ty Stevenson in the seventh added two more runs to give Wingham
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Kentfield: Warren Callister and Jack Hillmer Craft a House - Curbed SF (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
It was their first project together- they remained close friends for seventy-one years until Hillmer's demise in 2007, with Callister's death just months later in 2008- and it was built for painter/illiustrator William Haines Hall
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OUTFEST 2011 TO PRESENT 15TH ANNUAL OUTFEST ACHIEVEMENT AWARD TO FENTON BAILEY ... - Movie City News
Google News - over 5 years
They have produced countless gay and lesbian projects for the past twenty years, including; ”SCHOOL'S OUT” (MTV), “GAY HOLLYWOOD” (AMC) and “OUT OF THE CLOSET, OFF THE SCREEN: THE LIFE OF WILLIAM HAINES” (2001). In 1997, they directed “THE REAL ELLEN
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Tell It to the Marines (1927) - Gayworld.be
Google News - almost 6 years
Tijdens de opnames van van deze film werd William Haines betrapt op seks met een matroos en gearresteerd. De zaak verdween in de doofpot en er is geen proces-verbaal meer van te vinden. De filmmaatschappij kocht enkele politieagenten om en daardoor
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Civil War history rests at Spring Grove - Coshocton Tribune
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William Haines Lytle was the scion of one of the city's founding families. He was a lawyer, politician and poet - one well-known both North and South, in an age where poetry was read and committed to memory. Near the front of the cemetery is a tall
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Brown of Harvard (1926) - Gayworld.be
Google News - almost 6 years
“Brown of Harvard” is een stomme film van Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer met de homoseksuele William Haines. In “Brown of Harvard” ontpopt de ruwe Tom Brown (Haines) zich op universiteit tot topatleet. Zijn kamergenoot Jim (Jack Pickford) is gek op hem,
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Stark homes in on delinquent property taxes - Akron Beacon Journal (blog)
Google News - almost 6 years
The next highest amount, $271588, is owed by Nancy and William Haines Jr. He is president and chairman of the board of Haines & Co. Inc., a directory publisher. The taxes are owed for business properties at 7579 Freedom Ave. NW and 8050 Freedom Ave
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Shields, Jimmy (1896-1974) - Gayworld.be
Google News - almost 6 years
Jimmy Shields was een interieurontwerper en acteur die openlijk als homoseksueel samenleefde met de voormalige filmster William Haines van 1926 tot diens dood. In 1933 zette studiobaas Louis B. Mayer Haines onder druk om zijn relatie met Shields te
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CURRENTS | FURNITURE; A New Act for a Midcentury Sofa
NYTimes - about 6 years
Like a great midcentury screen siren, the Valentine sofa refuses to be upstaged by anyone or anything in the room. The 84-inch sofa is a re-issue of a piece designed in 1950 by William Haines, a film actor in the 1920s and '30s. After being shunned by Hollywood executives for being openly gay, Mr. Haines became an interior designer, working for
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If the Picasso Was Out of Reach, Maybe Its Former Home Will Do
NYTimes - almost 7 years
For those who yearned for Picasso's ''Nude, Green Leaves and Bust'' but could not outbid the anonymous buyer who paid $106.5 million at the Christie's auction on Tuesday, here is an item from the same estate for a fraction of the record-breaking price: the home of the art patrons who owned the painting. The house of Sidney F. Brody and Frances
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Arch Sophisticate
NYTimes - almost 7 years
In the 1960s, Philip Johnson designed a trophy house that evoked de Chirico by way of Dallas high society. More than four decades later, it has been meticulously restored, with a luxurious new landscape. Of all the houses that Philip Johnson designed, perhaps none are as strangely fascinating as the one commissioned by Henry C. Beck Jr. and his
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THEATER REVIEW | 'LOOKING FOR BILLY HAINES'; Choosing Gay Identity in Old Hollywood
NYTimes - almost 7 years
In some other theater season, ''Looking for Billy Haines'' might have been welcome as a pleasant, lightweight entertainment. It's about a dashing gay 1920s movie star who is run out of the business when he refuses to pose as straight by marrying some starlet and giving up the man he loves. It's also about a young aspiring actor auditioning for a
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Christie's Wins Bid to Auction $150 Million Brody Collection
NYTimes - almost 7 years
After a four-month battle between the auction giants Sotheby's and Christie's, the art collection of the Los Angeles philanthropist Frances Lasker Brody will be sold at Christie's in New York in May. Valued at well over $150 million, it includes a 1932 painting by Picasso that is considered a seminal work from one of the high points of that
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DVDS; When Hollywood Learned To Talk, Sing and Dance
NYTimes - about 7 years
AS the snowballing box-office success of ''Avatar'' suggests a paradigm shift in film, it's rewarding to contemplate the last time the movies assumed a new dimension, that of sound. The gradual transition from silent films to talkies took place between 1926 and 1930 and included many small steps -- both technological developments and adjustments to
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of William Haines
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1973
    Age 73
    On December 26, 1973, Haines died from lung cancer in Santa Monica, California at the age of 73.
    More Details Hide Details Soon afterward, Shields took an overdose of sleeping pills. His suicide note read in part, "Goodbye to all of you who have tried so hard to comfort me in my loss of William Haines, whom I have been with since 1926. I now find it impossible to go it alone, I am much too lonely." They were interred side by side in Woodlawn Memorial Cemetery in Santa Monica. For his contribution to the motion picture industry, William Haines has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame located at 7012 Hollywood Blvd. William Haines Designs remains in operation, with main offices in West Hollywood and showrooms in New York, Denver and Dallas. Haines' life story is told in the 1998 Wisecracker: The Life and Times of William Haines, Hollywood's First Openly Gay Star by William J. Mann, and his designs are the subject of Peter Schifando and Haines associate Jean H. Mathison's 2005 book Class Act: William Haines Legendary Hollywood Decorator.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1934
    Age 34
    His final films were made with Mascot Pictures, Young and Beautiful and The Marines Are Coming in 1934.
    More Details Hide Details Haines never returned to acting, but continued to receive offers for film roles. During production of Sunset Boulevard (1950), Haines was offered a cameo role in the film, which he declined. He later said, "It's a rather pleasant feeling of being away from pictures and being part of them because all my friends are. I can see the nice side of them without seeing the ugly side of the studios." Haines and Shields began a successful dual career as interior designers and antique dealers. Among their early clients were friends such as Joan Crawford, Gloria Swanson, Carole Lombard, Marion Davies and George Cukor. Their lives were disrupted in June 1936 when approximately 100 members of a white supremacist group dragged the two men from their El Porto, Manhattan Beach home and beat them, because a neighbor had accused the two of propositioning his son. The incident was widely reported at the time, but Manhattan Beach police never brought charges against the couple's attackers. The child molestation accusations against Haines and Shields were unfounded and the case was dismissed due to a lack of evidence.
  • 1933
    Age 33
    In 1933, Haines was arrested in a YMCA with a sailor he had picked up in Los Angeles' Pershing Square.
    More Details Hide Details Louis B. Mayer, the studio head at MGM, delivered an ultimatum to Haines: Choose between a sham marriage (also known as a "lavender marriage") or his relationship with Shields. Haines chose Shields and they remained together for almost 50 years. Mayer subsequently fired Haines and terminated his contract. He made a few minor films at Poverty Row studios, then retired from acting.
  • 1930
    Age 30
    The 1930 Quigley Poll, a survey of film exhibitors, listed Haines as the top box office attraction in the country.
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    He starred in Way Out West in 1930.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1928
    Age 28
    Haines was a top-five box office star from 1928 to 1932.
    More Details Hide Details He made a successful transition into sound films in the part-sound film Alias Jimmy Valentine (1928). His first all-sound film, Navy Blues, was released the following year.
  • 1926
    Age 26
    On a trip to New York in 1926, Haines met James "Jimmie" Shields, possibly as a pick-up on the street.
    More Details Hide Details Haines convinced Shields to move to Los Angeles, promising to get him work as an extra. The pair were soon living together and viewed themselves as a committed couple. Haines found box office success with Little Annie Rooney (1925), costarring Mary Pickford, and Show People (1928), costarring Marion Davies.
  • 1924
    Age 24
    In 1924, MGM lent Haines to Columbia Pictures for a five-picture deal.
    More Details Hide Details The first of these, The Midnight Express (1924), received excellent reviews and Columbia offered to buy his contract. The offer was refused and Haines continued in bit roles for Goldwyn. Haines scored his first big personal success with Brown of Harvard (1926) opposite Jack Pickford and Mary Brian. It was in Brown that he crystallized his screen image, a young arrogant man who is humbled by the last reel. It was a formula to which he was repeatedly returned for the next several years.
  • 1923
    Age 23
    It was not until his home studio loaned him to Fox in 1923 for The Desert Outlaw that he got the opportunity to play a significant role.
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  • 1922
    Age 22
    Talent scout Bijou Fernandez discovered Haines as part of the Samuel Goldwyn Company's "New Faces of 1922" contest and the studio signed him to a $40 a week contract.
    More Details Hide Details He traveled to Hollywood with fellow contest winner Eleanor Boardman in March of that year. Haines' career began slowly, as he appeared in extra and bit parts, mostly uncredited. His first significant role was in Three Wise Fools (1923). He attracted positive critical attention and the studio began building him up as a new star. However, he continued to play small, unimportant parts at Goldwyn.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1919
    Age 19
    With his father recovered and employed, Haines returned to New York City in 1919, settling into the burgeoning gay community of Greenwich Village.
    More Details Hide Details He worked a variety of jobs and was for a time the kept man of an older woman before becoming a model.
  • 1917
    Age 17
    Haines returned home in 1917 to help support them.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1902
    Age 2
    He had four younger siblings: Lillian, born in 1902; Ann, born in 1907; George, Jr., born in 1908; and Henry, born in 1917.
    More Details Hide Details He was baptized at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Staunton at the age of eight, where he later sang in the choir. He became fascinated with stage performance and motion pictures at an early age, spending hours watching early silent films in the local theatres. Haines ran away from home at the age of 14, accompanied by an unidentified young man whom Haines referred to as his "boyfriend". The pair went first to Richmond and then to Hopewell, which had a reputation for immorality. Haines and his boyfriend got jobs working at the local DuPont factory, producing nitrocellulose for $50 a week. To supplement their income, the couple opened a dance hall, which may have also served as a brothel. His parents, frantic over his disappearance, tracked him through the police to Hopewell. Haines did not return home with them, remaining instead in Hopewell and sending money back home to help support the family. The couple remained in Hopewell until most of the town was destroyed by fire in 1915. Haines moved to New York City. It is unclear whether his boyfriend accompanied him.
  • 1900
    Age 0
    Haines was born on January 2, 1900 (he claimed he was born on January 1) in Staunton, Virginia, the third child of George Adam Haines, a cigar maker, and Laura Virginia Haines (née Matthews).
    More Details Hide Details Two older siblings died in infancy.
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