Of All the Gin Joints: Stumbling through Hollywood History

By Mark Bailey, Edward Hemingway

True stories of big name hijinks are served up with an equivalent degree of Hollywood heritage, movie-star mayhem, and a frothy mixture of 40 cocktail recipes.

Humphrey Bogart obtained himself arrested for shielding his consuming acquaintances, who occurred to be a couple of filled pandas. Ava Gardner might water-ski to the set of Night of the Iguana retaining a towline in a single hand and a cocktail within the different. slightly felony Natalie wooden may permit Dennis Hopper seduce her if he supplied a bath packed with champagne. Bing Crosby’s ill-mannered antics earned him the nickname “Binge Crosby.” And candy Mary Pickford stashed liquor in hydrogen peroxide bottles in the course of Prohibition. From the frontier days of silent movie as much as the wild auteur interval of the Seventies, Mark Bailey has pillaged the vaults of Hollywood historical past and lore to dig up the true―and usually surprising―stories of seventy of our such a lot loved actors, administrators, and screenwriters at their such a lot soused.

Bite-size biographies are by means of ribald anecdotes and remarkable fees. If a celebrity had a favourite cocktail, the recipe is incorporated. movies with the main outrageous booze-soaked tales, like Apocalypse Now, From right here to Eternity, and The Misfits, are featured, in addition to the mythical watering holes of the day (and the recipes for his or her signature drinks). Edward Hemingway’s images whole this lively examine America’s so much iconic silver-screen legends.

“This e-book is like being on the most sensible ceremonial dinner on the planet. and that i idea i used to be the 1st individual to place a bar in my closet. i used to be essentially born in the course of the improper era.” ―Chelsea Handler

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Although it’s quite often believed that Fields didn't a lot as even ponder occurring the wagon, he did retain it uncomplicated. Martinis at breakfast, a day drink, possibly the occasional swig of “pineapple juice” from his canteen. just once used to be there any rupture: while Fields stumbled in, having neither shaved, showered, nor stopped consuming considering the fact that he left yesterday. West acknowledged he had to go away and sober up, and he did. the remainder of the movie used to be entire with no incident. And although critics have been quite tough at the movie, My Little Chickadee grew to become out to be great field workplace, and for common, Fields’s maximum grossing. So why, for the remainder of her lifestyles, did Mae West make it a nonnegotiable of interviews that there be “no point out of W. C. Fields” or the movie? Why did she refuse to satisfy Fields’s grandson thirty years in a while a radio convey? simply because sooner or later, Fields, both via his personal machinations or the studio’s, had magically regained a cowriting credit — with his identify correct along hers. B A I L E Y & H E M I N G method    1 2 6    O F A L L T H E G I N J O I N T S I RITA HAYWORTH 1918–1987 ACTRESS Reporter: “What do you seem like should you get up within the morning? ” Hayworth: “Darling, I don’t get up until the afternoon. ” conic intercourse image of Nineteen Forties cinema, Rita Hayworth was once nicknamed the “Love Goddess,” for her flip because the titular man-­eater in Gilda (1946) and for her international battle II negligee pinup picture in lifestyles journal. She used to be the 1st performer to bop with either Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire on movie. Born Margarita Carmen Cansino in Brooklyn to a well-known Spanish dancer and a Ziegfeld Follies refrain lady, Hayworth was once found as whereas dancing along with her father on the Caliente membership in Tijuana. She was once signed to a six-­month agreement by means of Fox and snatched up quickly after through Columbia. Following a protracted string of B-­movies, she dyed her hair purple and underwent electrolysis so as to glance much less “exotic,” adopting her mother’s maiden identify for stable degree. rather fast, she landed a helping function in Howard Hawks’s basically Angels Have Wings (1939) with Cary provide. Hayworth might spend the subsequent decade because the reigning lady intercourse image of Hollywood. yet regardless of box-­office draw, she clashed with Columbia head Harry Cohn over her own existence. She was once married and divorced 5 occasions; between her husbands was once Orson Welles (her director at the woman from Shanghai, 1947) and Prince Aly Khan. Supposedly shy and quiet off-­screen, Hayworth, overdue in her lifestyles, summed up her romantic entanglements with a quip that may both describe the ultimate a long time of her profession, “Most males fall in love with Gilda, yet they get up with me. ” For Rita Hayworth, males and alcohol didn't combine. And but she enjoyed them either in equivalent degree. B A I L E Y & H E M I N G means    1 2 7    O F A L L T H E G I N J O I N T S It was once hence she chanced on herself on the Polo front room at round dead night entangled with yet one more rotten husband (her fourth), the either one of them royally smashed. That they have been under the influence of alcohol were noticeable from the 1st mumbled “hello,” even supposing playwright Clifford Odets could have assumed it regardless.

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