Cinema: The Oscars

In England, Bette Davis turned in early at a country hotel, with orders that she was not to be disturbed. In Hollywood, the whole show was as formalized as a high-school commencement. The main actors of Academy Award night were gathered in a smoky nightclub on Manhattan's West 52nd Street. There, Nominee José Ferrer was host at a party to celebrate the 52nd birthday of Nominee Gloria Swanson, his co-star in Broadway's Twentieth Century. Host Ferrer never got a chance to deliver the speech he had planned in honor of Actress Swanson's Oscar. After the news came over the radio from...

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