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Kim Stanley (1925-2001)


  1. Donna Reed, From Here to Eternity, 1952.
  2. Marilyn Monroe, Bus Stop, 1956.    Stanley had created the washed-up saloon chanteuse - but refused the movie.     Even when Marlon Brando was suggested as Cherie’s   cowboy hunk, Beauregard. The stars   had been lovers   for six weeks in New York. Indeed, Kim said she gave Marlon her virginity in 1947. Brando was also “auditioning” her friend, Geraldine Page,   at the time.   In 1984, he still called Kim   “the love of my life.”
  3. Jean Simmons, Until They Sail, 1956.      After buying the rights from director Robert Wise’s company in 1953, Burt Lancaster’s company planned for Burt to direct himself opposite Kim Stanley. However, HHL sold it to MGM at the end of 1955. Metro had Glenn Ford in mind for one of the many USoldiers fraternising with lonely New Zealand women, with husbands away at WWII. In ’56, MGM switched to Newman directed by… Wise!
  4. Vera Miles, Psycho, 1959.  First reserve... After Grace Kelly went royal, mousey Miles was Alfred Hitchcock’s favourite even though she kept missing films he planned for her due, as Hitch might have put it, to her propensity for procreation. For Janet Leigh’s sister, he also considered Stanley (not happy about working with Anthony Perkins), Carolyn Jones, Eleanor Parker… and the inevitable unknown (then and now) Caroline Kurney.  As for the movie, "it was a big joke," Hitchcock told BBC’s Monitor in 1964. "I was horrified to find some people took it seriously."
  5. Geraldine Fitzgerald, The Pawnbroker, 1963     No Hollywood favourite, Kim was seen by Sidney Lumet for the woman wistfully, even clumsily attempting to help the titular Rod Steiger out of his appalling loneliness in his New York film(Morgan Freeman's  first).
  6. Kate Reid, This Property Is Condemned, 1965.  New Momma for flirtatious Natalie Wood  - when she could stiill obtain (but not earn) top billing over Robert Redford… in one  of his very best early screen performances.  A certain Francis Ford Coppola was among the adaptors of a one-act Tennessee Williams play.   Reid would take over two other Stanley roles.
  7. Jennifer Jones, The Idol, 1966.     She fell ill three days before shooting began... It was just too soon afterher breakdown, following her 1965 Three Sisters (with George C Scott, Sandy Dennis) being booed off the London stage. (She never appeared on-stage again). The film caught Jones “at the psychological moment” - her first film since the death of her producer husband David Selznick. And it showed.
  8. Ann Sothern, A Death of Innocence, TV, 1970.  Shelley Winters had persuaded CBS to OK Stanley in a support tole. But she was “too physically fragile” to perform. Sothern volunteered to take over because her daughter Tisha Sterling was also in the tele-movie… as Shelley’s  daughter..  In 1986, Tisha played the younger portion of Ann’s character in UK director  Lindsay Anderson’s Whales of August, 1986, co-starring Bette Davis and Lilian Gish.
  9. Kate Reid, A Delicate Balance, 1973.    Kim suffered a nervous breakdown shortly after filming began. She never made another movie until playing the (overly shrill) mother of Jessica Lange (brilliant as Frances Farmer) in Frances, 1982.
  10. Kate Reid, Atlantic City, 1979.   At the wrap party, Burt Lancaster proposed a toast.  “I’ve worked with Anna Magnani, Katharine Hepburn, Claudia Cardinale... Now I’m very proud to have worked with... Kate Fields.” Whoops!
  11. Geraldine Page, The Trip To Bountiful,1985.    Robert Duvall’s favourite playwright, Horton Foote, refused any film withoutLilianGish. He then said, OK, as long as it was Page  or Kim Stanley as Carrie Watts wishing for a finalvisit to her “home” of Bountiful. The role finally won Page her Oscar. With her eighth nomination. Both Geraldine and Kim were among Marlon Brando’s astonishing list of lovers (male and female) in the 1950s.



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