Clara Bow and her husband, actor Rex Bell, attend a preview of Hoop-La (1933) at a theatre in Los Angeles in October 1933. Bow and Bell were married in 1931 after appearing together in True to the Navy (1930). Hoop-La was the last film made by Bow, who subsequently retired from the motion picture industry to become a rancher in Nevada, along with Bell and their two sons.
It was April 1948 when director King Vidor spotted 22-year-old Patricia Neal on the Warner Bros. studio lot. A drama graduate from Northwestern University, she had just arrived in Hollywood following a Tony Award-winning performance in Lillian Hellman's Another Part of the Forest . Impressed by Patricia's looks, Vidor approached the young actress and asked if she would be interested in doing a screen test for the female lead in his newest film, The Fountainhead (1949). Gary Cooper had already signed as the male protagonist, and the studio was then considering Lauren Bacall and Barbara Stanwyck to play his love interest. Neal liked the script and about two months later, she met with the director for sound and photographic tests. Vidor was enthusiastic about Patricia, but her first audition was a complete disaster. Cooper was apparently watching her from off the set and he was so unimpressed by her performance that he commented, « What's that!? » He tried to con