We have never paid tribute to "Smash-Up, The Story Of A Woman."
That''s a shame.
Wish there was a better print available. The only one I''ve seen on TV must be a public domain copy because it''s so scratchy. I love the cat fight in the ladies'' room with Marsha Hunt.
The current print is shitty. But it''s worth it for the catfight between Susan and Marsha Hunt. Too bad she had to mess up that hot dress with the sequined hood.\
Susan? Who is this "Susan"?
I always thought of Susan as a poor man''s Barbara Stanwyck.
That''s interesting, R4. I never saw it, but now that you mention it there was something in the set of the mouth, the nose and the way she would give the direct stare that seemed a bit like Stanwyck.\
I never cared for her much beyond the camp - too brassy and seeming to believe being pissed and pissy was the way to convey seriousness. But that''s me. She reminded me more of Ida Lupino with a libido and a better figure.\
The story of her appearance at the Oscars at the end of her life is hair-raising. Lord, she wanted that last bow, even if it was only as a presenter.
Susan is Susan Hayward, multiple Oscar nominee \
and winner of best actress Oscar for "I Want to \
Live." She was one of the leading actresses of the Fifties. One of my favorite Hayward films is\
"My Foolish Heart."
R5, they were both from Brooklyn too. Both were of Irish extraction (Hayward half-Swedish, Stanwyck English/Canadian) and both had very humble beginnings. Both had red hair, Susan''s moreso. And yes, there was a similarity in their features, though I''ll give Susan points for being prettier.
You know that Bab''s would have liked a sample of Sue''s ladyham, but Sue wouldn''t give it up.
LOL, that is what they say. Supposedly Susan didn''t like gays, or at least did not like men she considered "effeminate". Now, one of my old drinking buddies, a flaming queen, met Susan in NYC when she was doing a B''way play (Mame?), and he insists she was nothing less than kind to him and his friends, and even invited them to her place for drinks. Who knows. \
And Babs played it so close to the vest, I wonder if she had sex with anyone at all.\
Even though Susan got the Oscar that Barbara never did (until they gave her an honorary one), I preferred Babs as an actress, finding her more versatile.
I liked Susan in early stuff like "Deadline at Dawn." She was a terrible hambone in her later films like "Where Love Has Gone", but they''re fun to watch, and she was really beautiful.
Susan Hayward was pretty the same way Debbie Reynolds was/is -- dimples & sparkling eyes, very girlish.
I hated Stolen Hours, Susan''s mediocre version of Dark Victory. Just awful stuff.
Something was always off about her eyebrows. Can''t explain it exactly.
[quote]when she was doing a B''way play \
That never happened. She was never on Broadway. She made some stage appearances very early in her career with Louella Parsons'' stage revue and did "Mame" in Las Vegas but never Broadway.
I thought Susan was terrific in "Smash-Up" really believable as a woman who is troubled and struggling. She excelled in stories of women who were going through tough times and of course she was absolutely beautiful to boot. Susan was also one of the best smoker's the screen has ever had. She could make non-smoker's want to light up. Totally perfect with a cigarette. Smash-Up is a good story with a wonderful performance by Susan. One of the best, always loved her.