Walter Hampden

  1. Charles Bickford, The Song of Bernadette, 1943.  About ten actors tested for  Father  Peyramale, parish priest of the  the  French girl who had a vision of the Virgin Mary at Lourdes in 1858. They included Hampden, Brooklyn’s three-times Hamlet on Broadway – 1918, 1925, 1934.  (Only one other US actor, Maurice Evans, shares the same record). Also in the mix: Lee J Cobb, Donald Crisp, Cedric Hardwicke and Thomas Mitchell.  (Cobb was later given Dr  T Duzous).  Bickford became very close with  Jennifer Jones (wife of producer Davd O Selznick) who  played  Bernadette. They also co-starred in DOS’s  Duel in the Sun.  In fact, one  hour after hearing about Bickford’s death in 1967, Jones attempted suicide. 

 Birth year: 1879Death year: 1965Other name: Casting Calls:  1