Miriam Hopkins and the fine art of annoying your colleagues
This is a blast to read. Still blown away she was reading and interpreting Pound. Although she sounds like a handful, if Lubitsch loved working with her my admiration is undiminished. I first saw her in The Heiress and her anxiety over what was happening was palpable!
She drove Hal Wallis, Michael Curtiz and Errol Flynn round the bend during VIRGINIA CITY (1940). Wallis and Curtiz were compelled to write another scene for her and kept all other script changes away from her. Hopkins HATED that she was scraping so low as to be in an Errol Flynn western-she refused to publicize the film. When Lizabeth Scott understudied her in THE SKIN OF THEIR TEETH, Miss Hopkins invited her to her dressing room and greeted Scott in the buff; Lizabeth quickly withdrew. Strange, difficult woman.
She must have been a handful. She also seemed to age more quickly than contemporaries like Irene Dunne and Jean Arthur; perhaps that was also a factor in her decline? Farran: Have you ever written about Wise Girl, with Hopkins and Ray Milland? It's a minor screwball comedy gem in my book.
I believe Edward G Robinson.
Wonderful. I just saw her in the Lubitsch pictures for the first time and her grand-damery was absolutely right for them.