Susan King, our beloved guardian of the Golden Age of Hollywood galaxy, has left the building and will be dearly missed. I’m Kevin Crust and I will be your new tour guide as we continue to write about notable birthdays and deaths, movie and TV milestones, fun events around town and the latest in DVDs and books every Friday in our Classic Hollywood newsletter. You can also follow us on the Classic Hollywood Los Angeles Times Facebook page and our film staff will continue to write about historic Hollywood.
I grew up in the Los Angeles area (29 miles east of downtown to be precise) and have fond memories of sneaking around studio backlots (the statute of limitations has surely passed, right?), and seeing movie triple-headers with friends on Fridays in Westwood and then arguing about their merits over coffee and corned beef into the wee hours at Canter’s. We would then hit the newsstand on Robertson near Pico before schlepping back to the suburbs. I look forward to digging through the L.A. Times archives and sharing content as we continue to explore the cinematic past that is so entwined with the history of Los Angeles.
Who doesn't like a good chariot race?
From the Hollywood Star Walk
'A terrific fighter'
Susan Hayward went from fashion model to Hollywood star when producer David O. Selznick glimpsed her on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post in 1939. The actress went on to earn five Oscar nominations before winning an Academy Award for the 1958 film "I Want to Live!"
Here is the L.A. Times obit as it appeared in the paper on March 15, 1975.