You Must Remember This is a storytelling podcast exploring the secret and/or forgotten histories of Hollywood’s first century. It’s the brainchild and passion project of Karina Longworth (founder of Cinematical.com, former film critic for LA Weekly), who writes, narrates, records and edits each episode. It is a heavily-researched work of creative nonfiction: navigating through conflicting reports, mythology, and institutionalized spin, Karina tries to sort out what really happened behind the films, stars and scandals of the 20th century.
139: Mary Astor's Diary (Fake News: Fact Checki...
138: Mae West (Fake News: Fact Checking Hollywo...
137: Gina Lollobrigida (The Seduced, Episode 6)
136: Yvonne De Carlo
The Seduced, Episode 5
135: Linda Darnell (The Seduced, Episode 4)
The Seduced, Episode 4
134: Ann Dvorak (The Seduced, Episode 3)
The child of a silent film actress, Dvorak was so determined to be a star that at first, she wouldn’t take no for an answer.
133: The Bacchanal of 1920s Hollywood, via Fred...
132: Rupert Hughes's Women (The Seduced, Episod...
We’ll begin the season by talking about the complicated, intermingled romantic and professional relationships of Howard’s uncle, Rupert Hughes, who paved the way for his nephew as a Hollywood figure known for his colorful history with women.
131: Clara Bow (Fake News: Fact Checking Hollyw...
We’ll close this half of our Hollywood Babylon season with one of that book’s most famously distorted stories: the tale of “It” Girl Clara Bow’s supposed nymphomania and alleged “tackling” of the entire USC football team.
Rudolph Valentino was Hollywood’s first “latin lover.” His shocking death at the age of 31 was attributed to side effects from an appendectomy, but Hollywood Babylon forwards theories that Valentino may have actually been poisoned
129: Thomas Ince and the Hearst "Coverup" (Fake...
Thomas Ince was one of early Hollywood’s most pioneering producers—in fact, some credit him for popularizing “producer” as a job title and for codifying what it meant to do the job, as well as helping to develop the Western as a genre.
128: Peggy Hopkins Joyce and Charlie Chaplin (F...
The Kim Kardashian of her day, Peggy Hopkins Joyce was famous for being rich and famous—and for her marriages and involvements with rich and famous men, including Charlie Chaplin.
127: Will Hays and "Pre-Code" Hollywood (Fake N...
Who was Will Hays, and how did he come to put his name on the censorship “Code” that would shape the content of movies more than any other single force from the early 1930s into the 1960s?
A frequent co-star of Roscoe Arbuckle’s, Mabel Normand was the definitive female screen comedienne of her generation.
124: William Desmond Taylor (Fake News: Fact Ch...
The killing of director William Desmond Taylor was the third in a trifecta of scandals which, over the course of about a year and a half, painted such a sordid a picture of the movie colony as a hotbed of sin
123: Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle and Virginia Rappe...
At a boozy party over Labor Day weekend 1921, Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, silent Hollywood’s superstar plus-size comedian, followed sometime actress Virginia Rappe into a hotel room.
122: Olive Thomas (Fake News: Fact Checking Hol...
The first Hollywood scandal to attract international attention was the death-by-poison of Olive Thomas, the twenty-five-year old star of au courant Hollywood hit The Flapper.
121: D.W. Griffith, the Gish Sisters and the or...
This season will interrogate Kenneth Anger’s controversial and influential gossip collection, Hollywood Babylon. Is this cult classic a needed subversive attack on Hollywood’s false idols, or a dangerous work of “fake news”?
120: Boris and Roger Corman (Bela & Boris Part 6)
Where Bela Lugosi lived his last decade in sad obscurity, Boris Karloff worked until the very end of his life, even as his body began to fall apart.
119: Bela and Ed Wood (Bela & Boris Part 5)
Forgotten by Hollywood, struggling with morphine addiction and a dependency on alcohol, at the end of his life Bela Lugosi was welcomed into a rag tag bunch of micro-budget movie-making freaks led by Edward D. Wood Jr.
118: Bela vs. Boris (Bela & Boris Part 4)
Lugosi and Karloff, the two stars made by Universal’s monster movies, made eight films together.
117: Boris and the Monsters (Bela & Boris Part 3)
After twenty years as a journeyman actor/laborer, Boris Karloff became an instant superstar as the Monster in Frankenstein (1931).
116: Bela and the Vampires (Bela & Boris Part 2)
With Dracula (1931), Bela Lugosi instantly became the first horror star of sound cinema.
115: Where the Monsters Came From (Bela & Boris...
Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff were two middle-aged, foreign, struggling actors who became huge stars thanks to Dracula and Frankenstein, the first two of a trend of monster movie hits released by Universal Studios during the 1930s.
114: The Last of Jean/Jane Works Out (Jean & Ja...
Jean Seberg, now plagued with mental illness and alcoholism, comes to a tragic end in Paris. Jane Fonda reinvents herself, once again, for the 80s.
113: Coming Home (Jean & Jane Part 8)
Jean buries her child in Iowa, and then returns to Paris in a fragile mental state. Back in the States, Jane subsumes her passion for activism into her new marriage to Tom Hayden, and works to get her movie career back on track.
112: Hanoi Jane & The FBI vs. Jean Seberg’s Bab...
After shooting a film with a much-changed Jean-Luc Godard, Jane Fonda travels to Vietnam, where she naively participates in a stunt that would leave her branded “Hanoi Jane” for decades.
111: Jean and Jane Become Public Enemies (Jean ...
On the heels of making her biggest Hollywood movies in years, Jean Seberg becomes involved with two black radicals, one a cousin of Malcolm X who spouted violent, anti-white rhetoric, the other a leader of the Black Panthers.
110: Jane vs "Barbarella" (Jean & Jane Part 5)
Having coaxed Jane into participating in an open marriage, Roger Vadim began casting her in films as a male fantasy of female sexual liberation.
109: Jean vs "Lilith" (Jean & Jane Part 4)
Having left her husband to be the mistress of Romain Gary, Jean secretly gave birth to a son, and then made the movie that she thought would prove herself as an actress once and for all.
108: Jean and Jane in Paris (Jean & Jane Part 3)
Jean takes a chance on a French film critic turned first-time director, and Jane gets her own invitation to come make a movie in Paris.
107: Jean and Otto Preminger/Jane in New York (...
Jean Seberg makes her first two films for tyrannical director Otto Preminger. Meanwhile, Jane Fonda moves to New York, joins the Actors Studio, and tries to define herself.
106: Hollywood Royalty/Middle-American Martyr (...
Introducing our new series, “Jean and Jane,” exploring the parallel lives of Jane Fonda and Jean Seberg.
105: Dorothy Stratten (Dead Blondes Part 13)
Our Dead Blondes season concludes with the story of Dorothy Stratten.
104: Barbara Loden (Dead Blondes Part 12)
Barbara Loden won a Tony Award for playing a character based on Marilyn Monroe in Arthur Miller’s After the Fall.
103: Grace Kelly (Dead Blondes Part 11)
Grace Kelly had an apparently charmed life. Was it all as perfect as it seemed?
102: Barbara Payton (Dead Blondes Part 10)
Today, we revisit Barbara Payton’s story: her rise to quasi-fame, and the slippery slope that reduced her from “most likely to succeed” to informal prostitution, to formal prostitution, and finally to a way-too-early grave.
101: Jayne Mansfield (Dead Blondes Part 9)
More famous today for her gruesome car crash death than for any of the movies she made while alive, Jayne Mansfield was in some sense the most successful busty blonde hired by a studio as a Marilyn Monroe copy-cat.
100: Marilyn Monroe: The End (Dead Blondes Part 8)
How did a star whose persona seemed to be all about childlike joy and eternally vibrant sexuality die, single and childless, at the age of 36?
99: Marilyn Monroe: The Persona (Dead Blondes P...
How did Marilyn Monroe become the most iconic blonde of the 1950s, if not the century?
98: Marilyn Monroe: The Beginning (Dead Blondes...
Today we begin the first of three episodes on the most iconic dead blonde of them all, Marilyn Monroe.
97: Carole Landis (Dead Blondes Part 5)
Carole Landis was a gifted comedienne, a decent singer, and - once she dyed her natural brown hair blonde - perhaps the most luminous beauty in movies of the early 1940s.
96: Veronica Lake (Dead Blondes Part 4)
Veronica Lake had the most famous hairdo of the 1940s, if not the twentieth century.
95: Jean Harlow Flashback (Dead Blondes Part 3)
Jean Harlow was the top blonde of the 1930s, and even though she didn’t survive the decade, she’d inspire a generation of would-be platinum-haired bombshell stars.
94: Thelma Todd (Dead Blondes Part 2)
Thelma Todd was a sparkling comedienne who began in the silent era and flourished in the talkies, holding her own opposite the Marx Brothers & playing straight woman in one of cinema’s first all-girl comedy teams.
93: Peg Entwistle (Dead Blondes Part 1)
This season we’re going to explore the stories of 11 blonde actresses who died unusual, untimely or otherwise notable deaths - which, in various ways, have outshined these actress’ lives.
92: Six Degrees of Joan Crawford: Mommie Dearest
The year after Joan Crawford died, her estranged, adopted daughter Christina published a tell-all, accusing her late mother of having been an abusive monster when the cameras weren’t around.
91: Six Degrees of Joan Crawford: Bette Davis, ...
Robert Aldrich’s What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? has done more to define later generation’s ideas about who Crawford was than perhaps any other movie that she was actually in.
90: Six Degrees of Joan Crawford: The Middle Ye...
Joan Crawford struggled through her “middle years,” the period during her 40s before she remade herself from aging, MGM deadweight into a fleet, journeywoman powerhouse.
89: Six Degrees of Joan Crawford: Clark Gable, ...
By the mid-1930s, Joan Crawford was very, very famous, and negotiating both an affair with Clark Gable and a new marriage to Franchot Tone.
88: Six Degrees of Joan Crawford: Douglas Fairb...
Joan Crawford’s early years in Hollywood were like - well, a pre-code Joan Crawford movie.
87: Six Degrees of Joan Crawford: Douglas Fairb...
In order to understand Joan Crawford’s rise to fame, we have to talk about what Joan - born Lucille LeSueur - was like before she got to Hollywood, and what Hollywood was like before she got there.
86: The Blacklist Part 16: Kirk Douglas, Dalton...
How did the Blacklist come to an end?
85: The Blacklist Part 15: Frank Sinatra and Al...
Sinatra's attempts to hire Hollywood 10 member Albert Maltz, plus his rocky relationship with JFK.
Blacklist Flashback: Frank Sinatra through 1945
Sinatra’s rise to fame and his experiences during World War II
84: The Blacklist Part 14: After the Fall: Arth...
Arthur Miller considered Elia Kazan a close friend and collaborator, but when Kazan named names to HUAC, Miller broke with him and wrote The Crucible.
83: The Blacklist Part 13: On the Waterfront: E...
A Streetcar Named Desire, On the Waterfront, and East of Eden were made possible because their director named names.
82: The Blacklist Part 12: Stormy Weather: Lena...
Horne, who from the beginning of her career had associated with leftists and “agitators,” got caught up in the anti-communist insanity. One of those agitators was Paul Robeson.
Blacklist Flashback: Lena Horne During WWII
Stunning singer/actress Lena Horne was the first black performer to be given the full glamour girl star-making treatment.
81: The Blacklist Part 11: Born Yesterday: Judy...
The one star who was subpoenaed to testify about her ties to Communism who was fully supported by her studio.
80: The Blacklist Part 10: Salt of the Earth: H...
The first screenwriter to be taken to court by a studio over his blacklist firing.
Blacklist Flashback: Howard Hughes + Jane Russell
Ava Gardner gets violent, Hughes’ 15 year-old muse, and how Russell’s boobs did what the Spruce Goose couldn’t.
79: The Blacklist Part 9: She: Richard Nixon + ...
From a Broadway and opera star to an exciting politician in the days of FDR.
78: The Blacklist Part 8: Storm Warning: Ronald...
From movie actor to politician, from Democrat to Republican.
77: The Blacklist Part 7: Monsieur Verdoux: Cha...
The witch hunt that forced him to leave his adopted home, and Hollywood career, behind.
Blacklist Flashback: Charlie Chaplin During Wor...
In 1922, Charlie Chaplin was one of the most beloved men in the world.
76: The Blacklist Part 6: He Ran All The Way: J...
The biggest star to ever be blacklisted.
75: The Blacklist Part 5: The Strange Love of B...
Barbara Stanwyck’s second marriage, to heartthrob Robert Taylor, didn’t make sense in a lot of ways, but the pair were united by their conservative politics.
74: The Blacklist Part 4: The African Queen: Hu...
With their career futures uncertain, the trio collaborated on the most difficult film any of them would ever make.
Blacklist Flashback: Bogey Before Bacall
Prepare for next week's Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn and John Huston episode with this look back at Ep 13.
73: The Blacklist Part 3: Dorothy Parker
Much to the surprise of many of even her closest friends, beginning in the late 1920s the celebrated poet and New Yorker columnist became increasingly drawn to socialist causes.
72: The Blacklist Part 2: Crossfire – The Tria...
In 1947, HUAC subpoenaed dozens of Hollywood workers to come to Washington and testify to the presence of Communists in the film industry.
71: The Blacklist Part 1: The Prehistory of the...
With America increasingly paranoid that it and the Soviet Union were destined to demolish one another through nuclear war, anyone who had connections to Communism was seen by some as a potential threat to national security.
70: MGM Stories Part 15: Mayer’s Downfall
In the 1940s, Louis B. Mayer was the highest paid man in America, one of the first celebrity CEOs and the figurehead of what for most Americans was the most glamorous industry on Earth. In 1951, Mayer was fired from the studio that bore his name. What...
69: MGM Stories Part 14: Elizabeth Taylor, The ...
Elizabeth Taylor grew up on the MGM lot, spending 18 years as what she referred to as “MGM chattel.” The last four years of that 18 year sentence were arguably the most interesting. From 1956-1960, she made a run of really interesting...
68: MGM Stories Part 13: Gloria Grahame
Gloria Grahame arrived in Hollywood in 1944, after Louis B. Mayer personally plucked her from the New York stage, and changed her name. But Grahame was the rare actress who Mayer didn’t know how to turn into a star. Finally in 1947, Mayer gave...
67: MGM Stories Part 12: Lana Turner
The legendary "Sweater Girl" was one of MGM’s prized contract players, the epitome of the mid-century sex goddess on-screen and an unlucky-in-love single mom off-screen who would burn through seven husbands and countless affairs. After nearly...
66: MGM Stories Part 11: David O. Selznick Part...
In 1941, Selznick signed a young actress named Phylis, who was then married to actor Robert Walker. Selznick renamed Phylis “Jennifer Jones,” and set to work turning her into a star, helping her to earn an Oscar for her first film under...
65: MGM Stories Part 10: David O. Selznick Part...
In 1930, after putting in time at MGM and RKO, Paramount executive David O. Selznick married Irene Mayer, the daughter of L.B. Mayer. Irene’s father would soon thereafter bring Selznick to MGM to fill in for an ailing Irving Thalberg, but MGM...
64: MGM Stories Part 9: Spencer Tracy
When Spencer Tracy signed with MGM, he was a character actor better known for his problem drinking (and very public extramarital affair with Loretta Young) than for his movie hits. But the studio made him a star, and by the time Katharine Hepburn was...
63: MGM Stories Part 8: Eddie Mannix
The studio fixer who covered up the darker, more scandalous actions of MGM’s biggest names.
62: MGM Stories Part 7: MGM's children: Mickey ...
MGM's children: Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland
61: MGM Stories Part 6: Jean Harlow
The archetype of a blonde sex goddess.
60: MGM Stories Part 5: William Haines and Holl...
The rare silent star who made a relatively smooth transition to sound films, William “Billy” Haines was one of the top box office stars of the late 1920s-early 1930s. Beginning in 1926, Haines started living with Jimmie Shields, and the...
59: MGM Stories Part 4: John Gilbert and Greta ...
Hollywood's first great, tragic love affair.
58: MGM Stories Part 3: Buster Keaton’s Biggest...
The indie master of vaudeville sells out.
57: MGM Stories Part 2: Marion Davies, William ...
The real couple behind Hollywood's greatest film.
56: MGM Stories Part 1: Louis B. Mayer vs. Irvi...
The rise of the most powerful man in Hollywood.
55: Charles Manson’s Hollywood, Part 12: The Ma...
The trials of the Manson family became a kind of public theater which a number of current and future filmmakers found themselves caught up in. Joan Didion bought a dress for a Manson girl to wear to court, Dennis Hopper visited Manson in prison, and a...
54: Charles Manson’s Hollywood, Part 11: Death ...
After the murders, Manson moved his family to the depths of the California desert. There, even before they were finally apprehended by the law, their utopia started to fall apart. Hollywood was in the process of being changed by Dennis Hopper's Easy...
53: Charles Manson’s Hollywood, Part 10: Roman ...
Roman Polanski was in London the night his pregnant wife was murdered in their home. He returned to Los Angeles, devastated, to find himself wanted for questioning in a crime which the LAPD, initially, had no idea how to solve.
52: Charles Manson’s Hollywood, Part 9: August ...
Over the course of a single weekend, half a dozen hippies massacred seven people. This episode includes disturbing details about very violent crimes.
51: Charles Manson’s Hollywood, Part 8: Sharon ...
While trying to launch her own acting career, Sharon Tate fell in love with, and eventually married, Roman Polanski, the hotshot Polish filmmaker who had his first massive American hit in the summer of 1968, Rosemary’s Baby.
50: Charles Manson’s Hollywood, Part 7: Sharon ...
In the first of two episodes about the Manson Family’s most famous victim, we’ll trace actress Sharon Tate’s early years, her romance with celebrity hairdresser Jay Sebring, and the on-set affair that changed the course of...
49: Charles Manson’s Hollywood, Part 6: Kenneth...
The first person to go to jail for a Charles Manson-associated murder was Bobby Beausoleil, a charismatic would-be rock star who had put in time as a muse to Kenneth Anger -- child actor-turned-occultist experimental filmmaker and author.
48: Charles Manson’s Hollywood, Part 5: Doris D...
Charles Manson became convinced his best chance at rock stardom was impressing Terry Melcher, a record executive who had made stars out of The Byrds, who was also Doris Day's son and Candice Bergen's boyfriend.
47: Charles Manson’s Hollywood, Part 4: Spahn R...
After wearing out his welcome at Dennis Wilson’s house, Manson moves his family to Spahn Ranch, a dilapidated Western movie set where the cult starts preparing for Helter Skelter, Manson's made-up apocalypse inspired by The Beatles.
46: Charles Manson’s Hollywood, Part 3: The Bea...
In this episode we’ll talk about Charlie Manson’s arrival in Los Angeles, discuss Dennis Wilson’s life and the role he played in enabling Manson’s rock n’ roll delusions, and explain how The Beach Boys came to record a...
45: Charles Manson’s Hollywood, Part 2: How Man...
Today we're tracing Charles Manson's life from his birth to a teenage con artist, through multiple stints in reform schools and prisons, and finally to San Francisco circa 1967, where Manson began to try out his guru act on the local hippie kids.
44: Charles Manson’s Hollywood, Part 1: What We...
This season, You Must Remember This will explore the murders committed in the summer of 1969 by followers of Charles Manson. Today, we’ll talk about what was going on in the show business capital that made Manson seem like a relatively normal guy.
43: Star Wars Episode XVI: Van Johnson
Van Johnson was MGM’s big, all-american heartthrob during World War II, an one of the most reliably bankable stars in Hollywood, on and off, for over a decade. Off-screen, he was an introvert with a mysterious personal life.
42: Star Wars Episode XV: Why John Wayne Didn’t...
No actor on movie screens in the 1940s embodied American patriotism and unpretentious masculinity better than John Wayne. But Wayne didn’t have the defining experience of most adult American men of the 1940s — Wayne didn’t enlist to...
41: Star Wars Episode XIV: Frank Sinatra Throug...
Frank Sinatra's rise to fame coincided almost exactly with the run up to and fighting of World War II. Unlike so many young men, famous or otherwise, Sinatra didn't enlist, and the controversy over whether or not he was a draft dodger hung over his head.
40: The You Must Remember This One Year Anniver...
You Must Remember This turns one year old this month, and to celebrate, Karina takes questions from listeners. Topics range from book recommendations to the blacklist to baseball to Karina’s abandoned, unfinished novel.
39: Star Wars Episode XIII: Walt Disney
Walt Disney changed Hollywood and brought millions of children and adults boundless joy. And yet, Disney’s legacy is marred by the common perception that he was also a racist, misogynist and anti-semite.
38: Star Wars Episode XII: Bob Hope vs. Bing Cr...
Bob Hope is remembered as the 20th century celebrity most devoted to entertaining the troops. Bing Crosby, Hope’s partner on seven Road to… films, sang the song that became an unlikely alternate national anthem during World War II.
37: Star Wars Episode XI: Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin’s most successful (and controversial) film was The Great Dictator, a vicious satire of Adolf Hitler. We’ll explore the connections between the two men, and explain why most of Hollywood tried to stop the film from being made.
36: Star Wars Episode X: Errol Flynn
Errol Flynn arrived in Hollywood in 1934 and almost immediately became a massive star, his swashbuckler-persona propelling many of the decades biggest action hits. But his dashing good looks and life-of-the-party personality masked a shady past.
35: Star Wars Episode IX: Olivia de Havilland a...
She was the raven-haired beauty whose lily white persona was forged by supporting roles in Gone With the Wind and several Errol Flynn swashbucklers. He was the real-life swashbuckler whose directorial debut, The Maltese Falcon, was an enormous success.
34: Star Wars Episode VIII: How Norma Jeane Bec...
Today’s episode tells the secret, forgotten, and highly disputed story of the making of Marilyn Monroe, arguably the most potent Hollywood sex symbol of all time.
33: Star Wars Episode VII: Lena Horne
Stunning singer/actress Lena Horne was the first black performer to be given the full glamour girl star-making treatment. But as the years went on and her studio failed to make much use of her, Horne started feeling like a token — and she...
32: Star Wars Episode VI: Marlene Dietrich
One of the most glamorous stars of the 1930s -- and also one of the first androgynous sex symbols -- Marlene Dietrich was a German actress turned major Hollywood star, one who essentially became the USO's female Bob Hope.
31: Star Wars Episode V: Rita Hayworth and Orso...
The Citizen Kane boy wonder's second wife was the former Margarita Cansino -- a dancer-turned-actress whose Hispanic heritage Hollywood went to great lengths to obscure.
30: Star Wars Episode IV: Gene Tierney (Or: The...
The luminous star of a number of key film noirs and melodramas of the 1940s, Gene Tierney's personal life was highly dramatic and heartbreakingly tragic.
29: Star Wars Episode III: Hedy Lamarr
Hedy Lamarr was a pioneer in more ways than one, including, but not limited to, scandalous movie sex scenes, radio control technology, breast implants, frivolous lawsuits, and celebrity shoplifting.
28: Star Wars Episode II: Carole Lombard and Cl...
The queen of screwball comedies married the king of Hollywood in 1939, but Lombard's 1942 death in a plane crash on the way home from a trip to sell war bonds drove Gable into a physical and emotional breakdown, and eventually the Army.
27: Star Wars Episode I: Bette Davis and the Ho...
In the first installment of 'Star Wars' (about the experiences of stars during wartime, not Chewbacca or Mos Eisley), Karina Longworth looks at Bette Davis and the Hollywood Canteen.
26: Tales of Celebrity Drunkenness, 2014
In our first annual end-of-year clip show, we'll listen to some of the booziest excerpts from the 25 episodes of You Must Remember This released thus far.
25: The Short Lives of Bruce and Brandon Lee
In this episode, we’ll explore what really happened to Bruce and Brandon Lee, and discuss how an extraordinarily talented artist went from a victim of Hollywood’s racism to one of the industry’s biggest moneymakers long after his death.
24: Mia Farrow in the 1960s, Part Two: Mia & Dory
Part Two of Mia Farrow in the 1960s traces Mia’s flight to India, studying transcendental meditation with the Beatles, the movies Secret Ceremony and John and Mary, her affair with Andre Previn, and the impact it had on Previn's wife, Dory.
23: Mia Farrow in the 1960s, Part One: Mia & Frank
Before Mia Farrow was an outspoken activist, devoted mother to 14 children, and the famously jilted partner of Woody Allen, she was … a lot of other things. Today in the first of a two parter, we’ll begin to explore Mia Farrow’s...
22: Audrey Hepburn: Sex, Style, and Sabrina
Audrey Hepburn was the first glamorous actress whose style seemed to be to dress for herself, and not to appeal to men. Today we’re going to talk about a film which sparked this evolution, Sabrina.
21: The Birth of Barbra Streisand’s A Star is Born
There have been four Hollywood films made under the name and/or with the basic story of A Star is Born. The most reviled version is the one starring Barbra Streisand, made in 1976 and produced by Barbra’s hair dresser-turned-boyfriend Jon Peters.
Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift were best friends and co-stars in three films. This episode tracks Taylor's relationship with the troubled Clift, from their first, studio-setup date through his untimely death.
19: Raquel Welch, From Pin-up to Pariah
Raquel Welch, a former cocktail waitress and divorced mother of two, found herself in the odd position of being an old-fashioned sex goddess in the age of flower children and feminism.
18: The Many Loves of Howard Hughes, Chapter 4:...
Our long-running series on the women in the life of the infamous aviator/filmmaker continues with a look at Hughes’ professional and personal relationship with Jane Russell, which began in 1940 when Hughes randomly pulled a photograph of the 19...
17: Theda Bara, Hollywood’s First Sex Symbol
Theda Bara might be the most significant celebrity pioneer whose movies you’ve never seen. She was the movie industry’s first sex symbol; the first femme fatale; and she might have been America’s first homegrown goth.
16: Marlon Brando 1971-1973
This is the story of how, with two movies shot in 1971, Marlon Brando turned his career around, spent his regained celebrity capital on an act of social activism, and put Hollywood's culture of self-adoration in its place.
15: Madonna, from Sean to Warren, Part Two
In the concluding chapter of a two-part episode about Madonna and movies, we talk about her mutually beneficial professional and personal involvement with Warren Beatty.
14: Bacall, After Bogart
When Humphrey Bogart died, Lauren Bacall was just 32 years old. This is the story of how Bacall spent the remaining 57 years of her life, and her lifelong struggle to find a balance between being Mrs. So-and-So, and being Lauren Bacall.
13: Bogart, Before Bacall
A look at how Humphrey Bogart became Bogey, tracing his journey from blue blood beginnings through years of undistinguished work and outright failure, to his emergence in the early 1940s as a symbol of wartime perseverance.
12: Madonna, from Sean to Warren, Part One
Over the course of two episodes, we will explore the high-cinephile period of Madonna's life and work, roughly bracketed by her relationship with Sean Penn and ending with the dissolution of her rebound affair with Warren Beatty.
11: The Many Loves of Howard Hughes: Katharine ...
A crossover episode, uniting our two ongoing series, The Many Loves of Howard Hughes and Follies of 1938, focusing on Hughes’ relationship with Katharine Hepburn, which peaked and crashed in 1938. Introduced by Hughes’ close confidant,...
10: Follies of 1938, Chapter 2: Kay Francis, Pr...
In May 1938, the Independent Theater Owners Association published a full-page paid editorial in The Hollywood Reporter, branding a number of big stars — including Mae West, Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, Katherine Hepburn and...
9: The Many Loves of Howard Hughes, Part 2: The...
In this second installment of our ongoing series, The Many Loves of Howard Hughes, we explore the life, loves and work of Ida Lupino. Hughes dated Lupino when she was a teenage starlet; nearly 20 years later, after Lupino had become the only working...
8: Follies of 1938, Part 1: Hollywood’s Greates...
This micro-episode sets up a topic we’ll be exploring throughout the summer: the films, stars and scandals of 1938. By midway through that year, Hollywood was in such a desperate downswing — and so concerned that Americans were losing...
7: The Many Loves of Howard Hughes, Chapter 1
The first episode of a multi-part series on the Hollywood romances of Howard Hughes traces Hughes’ arranged marriage at age 18 to Southern society belle Ella Rice; his affairs with silent star Billie Dove and Jean Harlow, who Hughes helped to...
6: Isabella Rossellini in the 1990s
Today we celebrate the 62nd birthday of actress/model/filmmaker Isabella Rossellini. She was born into Hollywood scandal: her mother, Ingrid Bergman, was denounced on the floor of Congress for her adulterous relationship with Isabella’s father,...
5: The Lives, Deaths and Afterlives of Judy Gar...
Today we’re commemorating the life and career of Judy Garland, who died 45 years ago this month. Signed to a studio contract at the age of 13, encouraged to become a pill addict as a teenage MGM contract player, crowned a superstar by The Wizard...
4: (The Printing of) the Legend of Frances Farmer
During the last year of his life, Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain was obsessed with Frances Farmer, an actress from his hometown of Seattle who died in 1970. Farmer’s beauty and unique screen presence made her a star, but her no-bullshit ballsiness...
3: Happy 110th Birthday, Val Lewton
A Very Special Halloween Episode! The writer-producer Val Lewton produced and ghost-wrote 11 films in just three years as head of the horror unit at RKO, many of which — Cat People, I Walked With A Zombie, The Curse of the Cat People, The Body...
2: Frank Sinatra in Outer Space
Welcome to the second episode of You Must Remember This, the podcast devoted to exploring the secret and or/forgotten histories of Hollywood’s first century. Today, we look back to 1979, when — while the music world was full of punk and...