Even in a culture obsessed with the future, Karina Longworth’s Old Hollywood podcast You Need to Remember This has actually managed to get a devoted following– one that breathlessly awaits exactly what decades-old stories Longworth will provide next. “I entitled the show as I did, due to the fact that I was thinking of our cumulative memory,” Longworth says. “As a culture, we can keep in mind specific features of someone like Marilyn Monroe, but all the information get lost. I desired to take these myths and these concepts we have about the past of Hollywood and generate the extra detail that makes it feel more genuine.”
You Need to Remember This begun as a passion job, a way for Longworth to escape her thankless teaching task. 3 years after her inaugural episode about the life of Kim Novak, it’s progressed into her full-time profession. Longworth benefited from going into the podcast sphere prior to the medium was as popular as it is now, and began making waves almost quickly. The buzz continued as she made her method through the likes of Howard Hughes, stars’ participation in The second world war, the cooling CharlesManson murders, the life of MGM in its prime time, the 1950s Blacklist age, the complex life of Joan Crawford, and most just recently, her series on dead blondes. The podcast is now on hiatus until June 25, when it will start a new series that consists of actress Jean Seberg.For Longworth, every episode is unique, and whatever she’s currently dealing with is the show’s most interesting installation. However, when Vanity Fair asked her for commentary on a few of her most stunning and surprising episodes, here’s what she had to say.Episode 4:(The Printing of )the Legend of Frances Farmer Due to the fact that of the motion picture Frances and a story told
by Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love, Longworth believed an episode about Frances Farmer would be the uncomplicated story of an actress who received a lobotomy. However the task took an interesting turn Longworth didn’t see coming.”This was the very first episode I did where the story I discovered was completely various from my expectations, and it became the earliest episode I can indicate as an example of exactly what I think the podcast does best: fact-checking Hollywood legends by investigating them from all angles,”Longworth states through e-mail.”If there’s one takeaway from the process of doing this show for 3 years, it’s that no single variation of any Hollywood story can be trusted out of context– you constantly have to think about the source, and how it might be slanted due to what agenda.”Episode 10: Follies of 1938, Chapter 2: Kay Francis, Pretty Poison Actress Kay Francis was massively popular in the 1930s and understood for her glamorous closet, but Longworth discovered deeper elements of Francis’s life that truly moved her.” On the one hand, Francis
‘s story is all too common: young, self-destructive woman ends up being a substantial star however cannot sustain her fame as trends modification and new, more youthful designs are waiting to take her place, “Longworth says.(Francis would ultimately lose her task at Warner Bros. to Bette Davis.)” However the unique information of Kay’s life( marital relationships, drinking, bisexuality, abortions, and so on )turn what could be cliché into a full human story, which I found really bittersweet and touching.” Episode 51: Charles Manson’s Hollywood, Part 8: Sharon Tate and Roman Polanski “There are truly graphic descriptions of murder, but [what] I found more upsetting was reading about the fine information of the relationship between Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate
,”Longworth states.”He utilized the sexual transformation as a reason to treat her
badly. Seeing those patterns prevalent in other individuals’s relationships, that to me was shocking and made me feel sort of more viscerally unfortunate about these things that are not as violent as murder, undoubtedly, however are still a type of violence.” Episode 56: Louis B. Mayer vs. Irving Thalberg Episode 65: MGM Stories Part 10: David O. Selznick Part One: The Mayers and Opted For the Wind Episode 66: MGM Stories Part 11: David O. Selznick Part 2: Jennifer Jones and Robert Walker Episode 70: MGM Stories Part 15: Mayer’s Failure These episodes chronicle the lives of effective studio heads Louis B. Mayer, Irving
Thalberg, and David O. Selznick– and according to Longworth, they were remarkably fun toresearch.”It was not my expectation [to] find the [. magnates’lives] to be as remarkable as the [stars’lives], but specifically when it comes to Selznick, I discovered a legendary American story including the
biggest success in the history of movie theater(Gone with the
Wind, certainly )and some of the most affordable lows.” These episodes include star Adam Goldberg as David O. Selznick and writer/producer Craig Mazin as Louis B. Mayer.Episode 93: Peg Entwistle( Dead Blondes, Part 1)Lots of just understand Peg Entwistle as the actress who was cut from her only movie(1932’s Thirteen Women ), then leaped to her death from the “H”in the Hollywood sign. Longworth was once amongst them.” Exactly what I discovered, thanks mostly to James Zeruk Jr.’s excellent Entwistle biography [Peg Entwistle and the Hollywood Sign Suicide: A Biography], was a much richer story, which cast Entwistle not as a victim of her own failed ambition as much as a victim of
the industry’s bumbling efforts at censorship,”Longworth states
. Entwistle wasn’t eliminated of that movie because she was a bad actress, it ends up: it was since she played a woman who loved another woman.Episode 97: Carole Landis( Dead Blondes, Part 5)”[ Carole Landis] was somebody I didn’t know quite about going in,”Longworth states.”I read her obituary in Time publication, and I discovered it really strange. It was extremely transparent about that this starlet eliminated herself because Rex Harrison wouldn’t leave his spouse for her, and I simply couldn’t believe Time would publish that in 1947.” After learning about the starlet’s life, though, Longworth discovered there was more to Landis than had actually been reported.”The work she did was actually fascinating, and the struggles she had were unique to her. Right in the middle of
her profession, she has this two-year stretch where she’s going on these U.S.O. tours, and her diary from that time is turned into a book and a motion picture [ 1944’s 4 Jills in a Jeep] Landis’s life had actually been flattened down into a single sentence by Time– but her profession was actually dynamic and nuanced in such a way insufficient people remember. Full Screen Images: Old Hollywood Stars’Intimate House Celebration Photos Audrey Hepburn, spouse Mel Ferrer, and their cherished canine Famous unwind in their Beverly Hills, California, home.Photo: From the Screenland Archive/Library of Congress.
, home.Photo: From the Screenland Archive/Library of Congress.
Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner commemorate two years of marital relationship by unlocking to their Beverly Hills, California, mansion.Photo: From the Modern Screen Archive/Library of Congress.
Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner celebrate 2 years of marital relationship by opening the doors to their Beverly Hills, California, mansion.Photo: From the
Modern Screen Archive/Library of Congress.< img alt src =http://media.vanityfair.com/photos/5797ce3abcc179cb634400eb/master/h_590,c_limit/old-hollywood-magazine-Tony-Curtis-Janet-Leigh-ss24.jpg > Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh play in their swimming pool with daughters Kelly and Jamie Leigh Curtis.Photo: From the Screenland Archive/Library of Congress.
Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh play in their
pool with children Kelly and Jamie Leigh Curtis.Photo: From the Screenland Archive/Library of Congress.
Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall cruising aboard their home far from house, the Santana.Photo: From the
Screenland Archive/Library of Congress.