William Holden - His Life and his Loves ⋆ Historian Alan Royle
Holden in Escape From Fort Bravo (1953) William Holden featured in a lot of very good movies during his career. Women adored him, even men grudgingly conceded that he was both rugged and charming, certainly no milk sop. Unfortunately, he was also an alcoholic, from his teens until the day he died. He was gifted with talent, looks, charm and charisma. He was also strong, fearless and intelligent, blessed with all the qualities that most other men can only dream of. And yet he drank it all away. Holden & Stanwyck in Golden Boy He was born William Beedle Junior in Illinois in 1918. His family moved to Pasadena, California when he was three, and 16 years later, in 1937, he was signed by Paramount Pictures because of his looks alone. The studio threw him into Golden Boy when he was 20 and nowhere near ready to carry a major film. His insecurity, lack of confidence, led to his need for reassurance through alcohol. Nearly 5,000 actors went after the part, but Barbara Stanwyck pushed hard for him to get it, and she carried considerable clout back then. The studio relented and Bill Holden’s career commenced. He and Stanwyck had [...]