Tom Gregory's Hollywood Vault radio clips, as featured on Leeza Gibbons' national radio program Hollywood Confidential!
Below is a transcript of the review on the audio file playable above.This year Warren Beatty receives the Cecil B. DeMille Golden Globe from the Hollywood Foreign Press for his contribution to cinema.
Warren Beatty is not simply a Hollywood star; he is an American legend. Part pinup, playboy, parent, and politico Beatty consistently heaves Hollywood higher, and throws thinking men forward.
In his first film, 1961’s “Splendor in the Grass”, he kissed Natalie Wood with Hollywood’s first French kiss, and left generation of Americans melted in his arms.
In the early 1960’s Hollywood was a town just out of the studio system so it didn’t pay to be difficult, but womanizing Beatty never settled for a second rate anything.
Not just a ladies’ man Beatty was a talented rebel, who knew when to say yes and who would say no.
Warren even turned down President Kennedy’s request to play him in the film PT-109. Warren told Kennedy the script “Lacked action.” The movie was made and it flopped. Warren was right. President Kennedy and Warren Beatty remained friends until his assassination.
Warren Beatty’s Star turning performance in “Bonnie and Clyde” is groundbreaking, bulldozing, perfection. His Clyde Barrow turned an uptight world on its ear, and raised the bar for actors everywhere. Beatty has won five previous Golden Globes, and been nominated for 14 Oscars, winning in 1982 for directing “Reds.”
The award’s namesake, Cecil B. DeMille, was a trail blazing, super successful movie director, who also hosted the biggest show of the early forties; The Lux Radio Theatre. The actor in DeMille loved hosting. When his radio union demanded all members contribute a dollar towards a political campaign, DeMille refused to pay the single greenback. Laws were eventually changed so unions could never again make such demands, but DeMille’s action banished him from working in radio, and later even television, for the rest of his life. DeMille continued to direct films successfully until his death in 1959. He leaves all of Hollywood, and this coveted award as his legacy.