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William Haines

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Screenwriter whose credits include Brothers Beneath the Epidermis, Lost and Entirely on a South Ocean Isle, True As Metal, and Circe, the Enchantress. He researched Engineering on the College or university of Pennsylvania. In 1942, he became an integral part of america Army Air Makes. He passed away unmarried. Like John Calipari, he researched at UPenn.

Quick Facts


Full Name William Haines
Date Of Birth September 17, 1908
Died December 26, 1973, Santa Monica, California, United States
Place Of Birth Staunton City, IA
Profession Screenwriter
Nationality American
Parents George Adam Haines, Laura Virginia Haines
Siblings Henry Haines, Lillian Haines, Ann Haines, George Haines Jr.
Movies Show People, Tell It to the Marines, Brown of Harvard, Spring Fever, The Marines Are Coming, The Hollywood Revue of 1929, The Girl Said No, Alias Jimmy Valentine, Little Annie Rooney, Just a Gigolo, Navy Blues, Fast Life, Are You Listening?, The Smart Set, The Duke Steps Out, New Adventures of Get Rich Quick Wallingford, Way Out West, Souls for Sale, Young and Beautiful, The Stolen Jools, Sally, Irene and Mary, The Gaiety Girl, Speedway, Wine of Youth, The Tower of Lies, A Slave of Fashion, A Fool and His Money, West Point, Remote Control, A Tailor Made Man, Slide, Kelly, Slide, Telling the World, The Midnight Express, Excess Baggage, A Man's Man, Lovey Mary, The Wife of the Centaur, The Denial, A Little Journey, Mike, Memory Lane
Star Sign Virgo

  • Facts
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  • Trademarks
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#Fact
1 Proprietor of the interior decoration boutique, Haines-Foster Inc. which he opened in late September, 1930, at 1522 La Brea Avenue in Hollywood.
2 Redecorated the home of Jack L. Warner and his second wife Ann Boyar in 1937. The house was later bought by David Geffen, who completely renovated the property.
3 In 1938, he decorated the homes of Joan Bennett and Constance Bennett. Both houses were designed in the 'French Provincial' style by James Dolena.
4 He created an interior decoration at the 1939-1940 Golden Gate International Exposition in San Francisco, California, which boasted a painting by up-and-coming artist Georgia O'Keeffe.
5 While at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Haines was able to get stand-in and extra work for his partner Jimmie Shields. Shields, who was attractive and photogenic but apparently had no interest in an acting career, stopped taking bit roles after a year or so but remained a fixture, frequently visiting the set and bringing Haines home-made lunches.
6 During the early 1930s he leased his renovated house to Tallulah Bankhead.
7 Remained on good terms with producer Irving Thalberg and wife Norma Shearer following his departure from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
8 Met his partner Jimmie Shields in New York in 1926 during a promotional tour. They lived together until Haines' death.
9 When asked by reporters if there was a special woman in his life, Haines almost always claimed to be hopelessly in love with Polly Moran. The two were close friends in real life but were never romantically involved.
10 Decorated William Powell's home in 1934, probably on the recommendation of Carole Lombard with whom Powell was still on good terms despite their recent divorce.
11 Decorated the home of Claudette Colbert in 1934, probably on the recommendation of mutual friend Carole Lombard.
12 Under pressure to marry, he proposed to friend and frequent co-star Anita Page during the making of Are You Listening? (1932). She turned him down, and the two remained friends for a long time after.
13 His first clients as an interior decorator were Leila Hyams and her husband Phil Berg, Haines' agent.
14 Was close friends with Joan Crawford, Carole Lombard and Aileen Pringle long after he ended his acting career.
15 He was an active supporter of the Republican Party and a close friend of Ronald Reagan.
16 After involuntarily retiring from acting, he took up a successful, prolific, decades-long career as an interior decorator. Some of his clients included Carole Lombard and Mr. and Mrs. Fredric March.
17 Won the "New Faces of 1922" contest sponsored by the Samuel Goldwyn Co. and was awarded an eventual contract, which shifted to MGM upon the company merger. The other winner of the contest was Eleanor Boardman.
18 Was approached, along with fellow silent-screen veterans Buster Keaton and Anna Q. Nilsson, to play one of Gloria Swanson's bridge partners in Sunset Blvd. (1950). Swanson herself reportedly asked him to do it. Haines declined and fellow screen veteran H.B. Warner took the part.
19 In 1930 Haines was the top box-office male star and Joan Crawford the top female.
20 Following the Great Depression and a tight crackdown on morality, MGM mogul Louis B. Mayer insisted Haines leave his lover and publicly marry a woman. Haines refused and was fired. His relationship with longtime lover Jimmie Shields lasted 50 years.
21 Almost 3 months after William's death, his lifelong partner, Jimmie Shields, broken-hearted, committed suicide with an overdose of sleeping pills.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Marines Are Coming 1934 Lt. William 'Wild Bill' Traylor
Young and Beautiful 1934 Robert Preston
Fast Life 1932 Sandy
Are You Listening? 1932 Bill Grimes
New Adventures of Get Rich Quick Wallingford 1931 Wallingford
Just a Gigolo 1931 Lord Robert Brummel
The Stolen Jools 1931 Short Bill Haines
A Tailor Made Man 1931 John Paul Bart
Remote Control 1930 William Judd Brennan
Way Out West 1930 Windy
Free and Easy 1930 William Haines - Guest at Premiere
The Girl Said No 1930 Tom Ward
Navy Blues 1929 Kelly
Speedway 1929 Bill Whipple
A Man's Man 1929 Mel
The Duke Steps Out 1929 Duke
Alias Jimmy Valentine 1928 Jimmy Valentine
Show People 1928 Billy Boone
Excess Baggage 1928 Eddie Kane
Telling the World 1928 Don Davis
The Smart Set 1928 Tommy
West Point 1927/II Brice Wayne
Spring Fever 1927 Jack Kelly
Slide, Kelly, Slide 1927 Jim Kelly
A Little Journey 1927 George Manning
Tell It to the Marines 1926 Private 'Skeet' Burns
Lovey Mary 1926 Billy Wiggs
Brown of Harvard 1926 Tom Brown
Memory Lane 1926 Joe Field
The Thrill Hunter 1926 Peter J. Smith
Mike 1926 Harlan
Sally, Irene and Mary 1925 Jimmy Dungan
Little Annie Rooney 1925 Joe Kelley
The Tower of Lies 1925 August
Fighting the Flames 1925 Horatio Manly Jr
A Slave of Fashion 1925 Dick Wayne
The Denial 1925 Lover in Flashback
Who Cares 1925 Martin
A Fool and His Money 1925 John Smart
The Wife of the Centaur 1924 Edward Converse
So This Is Marriage? 1924
Circe, the Enchantress 1924 William Craig
Wine of Youth 1924 Hal Martin
The Gaiety Girl 1924 Owen Tudor St. John
The Midnight Express 1924 Jack Oakes
True As Steel 1924 Gilbert Morse
Three Weeks 1924 Curate
Three Wise Fools 1923 Gordon Schuyler
Souls for Sale 1923 Pinkey
Lost and Found on a South Sea Island 1923 Extra
Brothers Under the Skin 1922 Bit Part (uncredited)

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Girl Said No 1930 performer: "Annie Laurie" ca. 1834, "Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms" 1808 - uncredited
Navy Blues 1929 performer: "Navy Blues" 1929, "Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean" 1843 uncredited, "Bringing in the Sheaves" 1880 uncredited, "O Sole Mio" 1848 uncredited

Art Director

Art Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Just a Gigolo 1931 uncredited

Production Designer

Production Designer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Craig's Wife 1936 uncredited

Set Decorator

Set Decorator

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Young and Beautiful 1943 Short

Stunts

Stunts

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lost and Found on a South Sea Island 1923 stunt double: House Peters

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Captured on Film: The True Story of Marion Davies 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself (1969 audiotape interview) (voice, uncredited)
Estrellados 1930 Himself (Guest Appearance)
The Hollywood Revue of 1929 1929 Himself
1925 Studio Tour 1925 Documentary short Himself (uncredited)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Out of the Closet, Off the Screen: The Life of William Haines 2001 Documentary Himself
The Big Parade of Comedy 1964 Documentary Actor in Theater Lobby (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Motion Picture On 8 February 1960. At 7012 Hollywood Blvd.


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#Quote
1 [on his friend, Joan Crawford] Until Joan discovered she could cover her furniture in plastic, there were entire apartments in Los Angeles that had been furnished with almost new sofas and chairs that had been soiled once then discarded.
2 [on the coming of sound to MGM] It was the night of the Titanic all over again, with women grabbing the wrong children and Louis B. Mayer singing "Nearer My God to Thee".
3 I went to the beach house of a famous leading lady of the 1930s, which she wanted redecorated if it didn't cost too much. The only sculptures she had were of herself, so I asked her if she liked painting. She said she preferred wallpaper - flocked yet! And I found out that she ordered books by the yard. The woman was virtually illiterate!
4 Joan Crawford thought we should get married. This was back in the 1920s, when I was a star and she was a rising flapper. It wasn't just a crass question of her ambition; we were very good but platonic friends. I told her, "Cranberry" - my pet name for her - "that isn't how it works in Hollywood. They usually pair men who like men and ladies who like ladies". Because if we both liked men, where would we be as man and wife? She'd resent me, and that would be the end of our beautiful friendship.
5 [on his latter-day interior-decorating career of almost four decades] I like what I'm doing now. It's clean. No makeup on the face.

#Trademark
1 One of the first of the wisecracking male leads

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