Fans of classic cinema have a reliable media friend in LA Times reporter Susan King. Her Calendar section column “Classic Hollywood” regularly regales readers with interviews, news of retrospectives, and more.
Her topic today is actor Glenn Ford. Son Peter has written a biography of dad titled, simply, Glenn Ford: A Life (May 12th, University of Wisconsin Press). But behind that deceptively neutral moniker is actually a very frank tale of a Hollywood icon’s serial womanizing, alcoholism, and sputtering paternal affection. Writes King:
Perhaps one of the most shocking revelations is that Ford and Rita Hayworth became lovers during 1948’s The Loves of Carmen, and in fact, Hayworth became pregnant with Ford’s child and had an abortion at a hospital in France. “Nobody knows that,” he said. “I have his diaries.”
Peter, who lives in the Beverly Hills home that dad once occupied, will be at LA’s Egyptian Theater on Saturday, April 16th to sign copies of the book. The Ford films Framed (1947) and Mr. Soft Touch (1949) will also be screened.