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By Brooke Hayward

From the instant of its booklet in 1977, Haywire was a countrywide sensation and a number 1 bestseller, a celebrated Hollywood memoir of a glittering kinfolk and the beautiful darkness that lurked simply underneath the surface.
Brooke Hayward was once born into the main enviable of conditions. The daughter of a recognized actress and a winning Hollywood agent, she was once attractive, filthy rich, and residing on the very heart of the main privileged existence the US needed to provide. but at twenty-three her kin was once ripped aside. Who can have imagined that this magical lifestyles may well shatter, so conclusively, so destructively? Brooke Hayward tells the riveting tale of ways her relatives went haywire.

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Orchidaceous. Glamorous. Sextacular. not one of the traditional Hollywood labels catalogue her. In a land of carbons, she is as unique because the “a” within the spelling of her final identify. … Her moment movie was once Little guy, What Now? The 3rd, the great Fairy, was once the environment for that short-lived marriage with Willie Wyler. subsequent Time we adore, with Jimmy Stewart (“HOLLYWOOD’S NEW top MAN”), used to be subsequent. It was once the 1st in their 4 motion pictures jointly. based on a film journal of the time: whilst there has been hassle discovering a number one guy to solid contrary her in subsequent Time we like, Peggy went to the casting director and acknowledged, “Why now not try Jimmy Stewart? ” “Jimmy Stewart? ” He scratched his head. “Who’s he? ” Peggy (that’s what Jimmy calls her) grew to become particularly angry. “Haven’t you noticeable Jimmy Stewart in photographs but? ” she exclaimed incredulously. “Well, he’s an excellent actor from the hot York degree. He’s had years of expertise and he lately got here out to Hollywood, the place they’ve been making an attempt him out in small elements first. Did you spot Rose Marie? ” by some means Peggy made that bit in Rose Marie sound fairly tremendous. … After making the image, mom again to Broadway to seem in Edna Ferber’s level Door. I quite beloved the concept that, on my account, the run of the play was once imperiled. Louella Parsons: level celebrity stated “EXPECTING”—MARGARET SULLAVAN’S HUSBAND DROPS trace ON COAST Margaret Sullavan goes to have a child! no less than we pay attention a powerful rumor that says so. Her husband, Leland Hayward, has simply been on the town and the proud father-to-be simply couldn’t retain from shedding a touch. Margaret will go away the degree Door corporation very quickly to arrange for the blessed occasion. the infant will reason loads of upsets in plans, for common would prefer Margaret to have made one other common photograph, and shortly. Following my delivery, mom made 3 motion pictures, the 1st of which, So crimson the Rose, used to be a Civil battle drama that presaged long gone With the Wind. King Vidor directed. lately he informed me: “I was once simply extremely joyful along with her. i believe i might have performed any photo if she was once going to be in it; I wouldn’t have even learn the script. … “She’d taken up motorbike using whereas she was once married to Willie Wyler, and he or she rode her bike to paintings each day. Blue denims weren't the ‘in’ factor then, yet that’s what she often wore. She was once enjoying a Southern belle, and naturally all of the attire of the interval had complete skirts and petticoats; so while she had close-ups, she’d come onto the set along with her hair all performed and her blue denims on. It was once hilarious. ” approximately Hollywood rumors that she was once tricky and willful, E. B. Griffiths, who were her director on subsequent Time we adore, had one other point of view: “Margaret Sullavan is way too clever to not comprehend the price of cooperation. She is quite carefree and self sufficient via nature, yet she doesn't lack self-control in her paintings. All through the weeks of construction, she arrived at the units approximately an hour sooner than time, or even at the days while convinced scenes no longer requiring her presence have been shot, she hottest to return to the studio and sit down for hours quietly observing the paintings of the opposite avid gamers, with a view to correlate it to her personal.

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