Thursday, October 20, 2011
Hazel Dawn, Jr.
This posting is really apropos nothing. Other than the fact that the Imdb fails to separate the renowned Broadway star Hazel Dawn (“The Pink Lady”) from her namesake daughter. But as gossip columnist Louella Parsons could report in 1946:
“Pretty little Hazel Dawn, age 18, the daughter of Hazel Dawn, musical comedy star and queen of the silent days, gets a very good break in Margie in the second lead as Jeanne Grain's sister. Hazel has been on the 20th lot for over a year and this is her very first picture. When she was much younger she played a part for M-G-M in The Youngest Profession but since that time most of her time has been spent in studying to get ready for her 20th debut.”
The never-too-dependable Parsons was wrong once again. Hazel Dawn was not in the released Margie and Margie's “sister” was certainly not the second lead. Perhaps Louella meant the role of Joyce, the grown Margie's daughter who frames the narrative. That role, however, was played by Ann E. Todd. In fact, the 1943 The Youngest Profession, about teenage autograph seekers, appears to have been Hazel Dawn's sole screen appearance.