Helen Menken

  1. Miriam Hopkins, The Old Maid,  1939.  Four years earlier, director legend Ernst Lubitsch bought Zoe Akin’s Pulitzer Prize winning play.  He was planning Judith Anderson and Helen Menken (Humphrey Bogarts first wife) at Paramount a sthe Lovell cousins – the conniving Menken raising the sweet Anderson’s illegitimate daughter. The eventual Warner Bros casting was far more explosive – bitter enemies Bette Davis and Miriam Hopkins!  That was too much for Humphrey Bogart to referee.  He made sure he got sacked!

 Birth year: 1901Death year: 1966Other name: Casting Calls:  1