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Stars that Died Penniless and Forgotten.

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Always fascinating to me, so any additions to my nomination would be appreciated.

I was watching an old film over Christmas, linked below, and  I was surprised that I had not heard of the star, Constance Smith, as imho she  was far better looking than any of her contempories...Margaret Lockwood, Viviene Leigh or Elizabeth Taylor.

Digging deeper, I found she had quite a remarkable life, where indeed worldwide fame had beckoned, but she fell into obscurity and is today unknown.

Signed by Fox in the 1950s as the new Grace Kelly and given the priviledge of presenting Oscars it was assumed she would be the next big thing. Her first major starring role was the one linked below. But surprisingly Fox dropped this beauty almost immediately and I reckon her fiery Irish temperament might have been the reason. Initially married to the English actor Bryan Forbes, she later twice tried to murder her fiancee, Director Paul Rother, ans served time in prison. He still married her in 1974.

She died in penury in 2003 (having spent her last years as a cleaner) and forgotten. Surely a book in there, none was ever written.

Smith, stunning but homicidal and compared to Hedy Lamarr in looks.....

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constance_Smith

 

 

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11 minutes ago, MrPin said:

Jocky Wilson.

Well the penniless bit was right. I guess he was also in that 80% of middle aged blokes that either drank to excess, was overweight or didn't exercise (Jocky probably was guilty of all three)

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2120041/Jocky-Wilson-dead-62-Darts-legend-dies-battle-lung-disorder.html

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I adore these old screen brunettes, hence I was surprised I had not heard of Constance Smith. Clara Bow, just lovely. Instead we had to put up with the masculine like  delights of Garbo and Dietrich and the dubious pleasure of Jean Harlow.

 

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This is one of my hobbies - looking at what happened to loads of actors / actresses who, in their day, were hugely famous but who then, for various reasons, their lives just fell apart.

I could write for hours on this thread but, so as not to bore you all, I will just mention Tom Tyler for now. He was successful in both silent and sound Westerns in the 20s and 30s before becoming highly famous for playing Captain Marvel in the early 40s. But his health then went downhill due to rheumatoid arthritis and he died in the early 50s basically destitute.

Towards the end of his life he had a small part in 'She Wore A Yelllow Ribbon' but you can't help wondering if bad health had not struck him down whether he would now be remembered in the same way that John Wayne is. Perhaps, John Wayne would not be so famous.

Life sure threw him a curve.

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Tom Tyler

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Linda Darnell was a stunningly beautiful actress and hugely successful but, through a variety of bad career moves and bad marriages, her career and life just seem to go downhill until, tragically, she died in a fire at a guest house that she was staying in.

At the time some people speculated that she had been smoking and had caused the fire. Others say that she initially escaped the fire but went back inside to rescue a child. The truth is lost forever in hype, intrigue and Time. It is said that she suffered 90 percent burns to her body.

There is a great Western, 'The Dakota Incident', that she plays the female lead in and she is, well, just stunningly gorgeous. It is so sad to watch that and to know how she would later die.

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Linda Darnell

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Does she have amusingly large feet? A lot of women do, but you tend to look at the head (or tits).

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One of my favourite stars, Judy Carne, who fell into obscurity and  whose life ended in poverty. She was the former wife of Burt Reynolds and an  actress. Her former famous  husband alledgedly gave no financial support.

A good time girl that became a drug addict.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/09/08/the-tragic-tale-of-judy-carne-sock-it-to-me-girl-of-laugh-in-dead-at-76/?utm_term=.f06999c3526a

 

Her final role in 1973 starring in the horror film Someone at the top of the Stairs (part of the ATV thriller series) putting in a brilliant performance. (just an edited section I see)

 

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As a young lad I thought Judy Carne to be a rather an appealing woman. When I got older I liked bigger tits.

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There's a difference between former stars who died technically potless, ie in massive debt, but continued living high on tick up to the end, a la Michaels Jackson and Winner, and those actually reduced to penury like boxer Joe Louis, perhaps Oscar Wilde, Bela Lugosi, Terry Thomas and one I found surprising, Ernest Shackleton.

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1 minute ago, winkie said:

Judy Garland and William Blake.;)

In the same sentence. You are more confused than I am!:o

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11 minutes ago, thombleached said:

Does Rod Hull count?

The curse of having your hand up the backside of a puppet, Keith Harris too and not laughing anymore, I believe, as in  this article in 2014.

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2706899/I-lost-7m-fortune-I-t-read-Keith-Harris-one-biggest-stars-1980s-dyslexia-robbed-riches-cancer-killed-But-tells-Amy-Oliver-Orville-laughing.html

And in the good old days of the seventies in the Good Old Days.:wacko:

 

 

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30 minutes ago, Turned Out Nice Again said:

There's a difference between former stars who died technically potless, ie in massive debt, but continued living high on tick up to the end, a la Michaels Jackson and Winner, and those actually reduced to penury like boxer Joe Louis, perhaps Oscar Wilde, Bela Lugosi, Terry Thomas and one I found surprising, Ernest Shackleton.

In the same vein, Lawrence of Arabia...broke but never forgotten.

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‘I’ve made about £7 million throughout my career, but I’ve lost it all too,’ Keith says at the five-bedroom home in Poulton-le-Fylde, near Blackpool, that he shares with his fourth wife Sarah"

I think his penile puppet's more to blame than the dyslexia. 

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22 minutes ago, thombleached said:

‘I’ve made about £7 million throughout my career, but I’ve lost it all too,’ Keith says at the five-bedroom home in Poulton-le-Fylde, near Blackpool, that he shares with his fourth wife Sarah"

I think his penile puppet's more to blame than the dyslexia. 

Very good observation! Fourth wife?:o If you don't learn from your mistakes, well don't blame it on dyslexia.:huh:

Dyslexics are usually good with patterns, and I see a pattern here.

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Benny Hill died like a poorper but without any need to do so.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benny_Hill

Hill never married nor had children; he proposed to two women, but neither accepted. He never owned his own home in London nor a car (although he could drive) and instead preferred to rent a place rather than buy one.[13] He rented a double-room apartment in the London district Queen's Gate for 26 years and around 1986 he moved to Fairwater House in Teddington; while looking for somewhere to live, he lived at 88 Westrow Gardens in Southampton.[14][15]

Despite being a millionaire many times over, he continued with the frugal habits that he picked up from his parents, notably his father, such as buying cheap food at supermarkets, walking for miles rather than paying for a taxi unless someone picked up the tab for a limousine, constantly patching and mending the same clothes even when the balance on his account at the Halifax Building Society reached seven figures.[13] In one of his obituaries, a story was told of how he reportedly refused to mend his mother's leaky roof because it was "too expensive"[citation needed] and after she died, he kept the family home in Southampton as a shrine to her and did not change a thing at all.[15] Rumours circulated that he was gay, but he always denied them.[16]

The only luxury that he permitted himself was foreign travelling and even then, he would stay in modest accommodation rather than five-star hotels.[13]

Hill was a huge Francophile and enjoyed several visits to France, notably in Marseilles, where until the 1980s, he could anonymously go to outdoor cafes, travel on public transport and socialise with local women.[16] He could speak French fluently and also knew German, Dutch and Italian.[16]

DeathEdit

Hill's health declined in the late 1980s. After a mild heart attack on 24 February 1992, doctors told him he needed to lose weight and recommended a heart bypass. He declined, and a week later was found to have kidney failure. He died at the age of 68 on 20 April 1992.[1] On 22 April, after several days of unanswered telephone calls, his producer, Dennis Kirkland, climbed a ladder to the balcony of Hill's 3rd floor flat and upon seeing the body through a window had the neighbours call the police. The police broke into the flat and found Hill, dead, sitting in his armchair in front of the television. Hill's cause of death was recorded as coronary thrombosis.[17]

The only will that Hill had established dated to 1961 and left everything to his parents, but of course it was out of date and both beneficiaries had long since died. Next in line were his brother Leonard and sister Diana, neither of whom had been close to him, but they too were deceased and as a result, his estate, worth ₤7.5 million, went to seven nieces and nephews.[15] After his death, another document reportedly left his estate to friends such as Sue Upton, Dennis Kirkland, Bob Todd, Louise English and Henry McGee, but it was never signed or witnessed and as a result, it had no legal standing.[15]

Hill was buried at Hollybrook Cemetery near his birthplace in Southampton on 26 April 1992. In October 1992, following rumours that he was buried with large amounts of gold jewellery, an attempt was made by thieves to exhume his body. When authorities looked into his open grave the following morning "The vandals had dug down, exposing his coffin ... Within two hours of the discovery, cemetery staff had refilled the grave and covered it with a half-ton concrete slab."[citation needed]

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2 hours ago, crashmonitor said:

One of my favourite stars, Judy Carne, who fell into obscurity and  whose life ended in poverty. She was the former wife of Burt Reynolds, assistance to magician Richard Nixon and an  actress. Her former famous  husband alledgedly gave no financial support.

A good time girl that became a drug addict.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/09/08/the-tragic-tale-of-judy-carne-sock-it-to-me-girl-of-laugh-in-dead-at-76/?utm_term=.f06999c3526a

 

Her final role in 1973 starring in the horror film Someone at the top of the Stairs (part of the ATV thriller series) putting in a brilliant performance. (just an edited section I see)

 

'There will be no white rabbit at The White House'

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