The Bennetts: An Acting Family by Brian Kellow

By Brian Kellow

" The Bennetts: An performing relatives is a chronicle of 1 of the royal households of degree and monitor. The saga starts off with Richard Bennett, a small-town Indiana roughneck who grew as much as be one of many shiny lighting fixtures of the recent York level through the early 20th century. In time, besides the fact that, Richard's popularity used to be eclipsed through that of his daughters, Constance and Joan, who went to Hollywood within the Nineteen Twenties and located significant luck there. Constance grew to become the highest-paid actress of the early Thirties, incomes up to $30,000 per week in melodramas. Later she reinvented herself as a comedienne within the vintage comedy Topper , with Cary Grant.. After a sluggish begin as a blonde ingenue, Joan dyed her hair black and have become one of many screen's nice temptresses in movies akin to Scarlet road . She additionally starred in such lighter fare as Father of the Bride . within the Sixties, Joan won a brand new iteration of fanatics whilst she seemed within the gothic sunlight hours tv serial darkish Shadows . The Bennetts is additionally the tale of one other Bennett sister, Barbara, whose promising beginnings as a dancer gave method to a turbulent marriage to singer Morton Downey and a gentle decline into alcoholism. Constance and Joan have been between Hollywood's greatest stars, yet their own lives have been something yet serene. In 1943, Constance turned entangled in a hugely publicized courtroom conflict with the kin of her millionaire ex-husband, and in 1951, Joan's husband, manufacturer Walter Wanger, shot her lover in vast sunlight, sparking one of many greatest Hollywood scandals of the Fifties. Brian Kellow, good points editor of Opera information journal, is the coauthor of can not help making a song: The lifetime of Eileen Farrell . He lives in long island and Connecticut.

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