Why I Love William Holden

When it comes to classic movie star leading men, it’s too easy to say I quickly fall for them upon seeing a movie they are in. From Cary Grant, to William Powell, to Clark Gable, to John Wayne- there are so many to adore and admire, and then there’s William Holden. Contrary to my statement above, I actually didn’t fall immediately for Bill.

Blondie Bill (as I call him)! Publicity for Sabrina (wikipedia)

My first ever William Holden film I saw was Sabrina, and honestly I only wanted to watch because of Audrey Hepburn. I knew Humphrey Bogart from Casablanca (I’d seen in in high school film class) but I didn’t know anything about William Holden. Looking up Sabrina on IMDB, I noticed a lot of reviewers commenting on the chemistry between Audrey and Bill but I didn’t know why- who was this “William Holden” guy and why were people crazy over him? Cut to actually watching the movie- and I did notice the chemistry with Audrey, but I didn’t fall for Bill. I was, however captivated by his deep, raspy, very sexy voice- that I was hooked on, but I didn’t consider him one of “my guys” as I call them.

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(via classichollywood central) To me, this picture sums up Bill and Audrey, I was rooting for them!!

The next movie on Bill’s filmography I watched was, The Country Girl, but again, I was watching it for another lady, this time Grace Kelly. I was motivated to watch it because it was Grace’s Oscar winning performance. When viewing this film something shifted with the way I saw Bill. His scenes with Grace were pulling me into looking at him, and wondering about his character motives- was he out to sabotage Frank (Bing Crosby) or was he really doing his job as director? Hmm. The scene that changed it all for me was the kiss between Bill and Grace. IT WAS SO ELECTIRCFYING. It came out of no-where and it made me realize that Bill is someone I should notice. His character of Bernie Dodd went from romance to confusion to regret all with seconds- and it was done so quickly yet effective, I’d never seen an actor do that before so brilliantly. From that picture on, it changed the game for me.

Watch the scene that made me see Bill differently!

With two Holden pictures down, for some reason I didn’t seek out more until Born Yesterday and it was a good 2-3 months after watching The Country Girl. This was really the movie that made me completely “Ga-Ga” over Bill. Two factors overall sealed the deal. One: the elevator scene with Judy Holliday- that just made me completely utterly fall for him. Two- was the fact he was wearing glasses- BILL IN GLASSES IS A GOOD THING. Overall, for me Born Yesterday was the first time I saw Bill being the true romantic lead and right then and there, it made me a fan and admirer of his for life.

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In the end, I believe I love William Holden because he was a great human being as well as an amazing actor. He had his demons with alcohol that ultimately, sadly got to him in the end, but he never let that stop him from giving his all to a performance. He never gave a poor performance, even if the movie itself was terrible (Force of Arms being one of them).  Lastly, I guess I could mention he is a handsome gentleman (on top of being a conservationist, World War II veteran, Oscar winner- he has good looks too! 😉 ). Whenever we watch a William Holden movie my Mom always makes a point to say, “He was such a handsome man”- right you are Mom, right you are!

It has now been 38 years after his death, and yet he still has legion of fans- including “new” ones like me, who weren’t even on the planet when he died- and that fact alone speaks to why he is so beloved as an actor and as a person. Happy Birthday Mr. Holden!

GINNIE, MICHAELA, and to all the Holden Lovers- Thanks so much for writing and doing this blogathon, and showing Bill some love! Special thanks to Ginnie for inviting me to co-host, its always a pleasure!

Day 1: 4th Wonderful William Holden Golden Boy Blogathon

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Today is day one of three of the 4th Wonderful Golden Boy Blogathon and is also the actual day of William Holden’s Birthday!!!! He is 101 and still is and always will be a handsome man!! Michaela, Ginnie and I have a bunch of awesome entries to present so here we go!

Maddy Loves Her Classic Films names her 5 favorite Bill films!

The Stop Button takes their marching orders with Stalag 17

Movie Rob has two rounds with Bill, talking Fedora and Force of Arms

Lovely Co-Host Love Letters to Old Hollywood breaks down Rachel and the Stranger

Dubism takes a stroll down The Streets of Laredo

The Story Enthusiast shows us how to Meet the Stewarts

William Holden Appreciation talks about one of the more important causes closest to Bill’s heart- Conservation.

Pale Writer talks about a fan favorite, Sabrina

Taking up Room tells us about Sunset Blvd

CHECK OUT DAY 2 HERE

Stay tuned for more to come and remember: Michaela at Love Letters to Old Hollywood has day 2 and Ginnie at the Wonderful World of Cinema has day 3! (Thanks to you super cool gals for co-hosting with me! Thanks Ginnie, for starting this whole Tribute to Bill! XO!)

For now I leave you with a gif of a dancing Bill (and Kim Novak) in Picnic!

Happy Birthday, Mr Holden! I hope you know just how much we on Earth still love, admire, respect and adore you and your movies!!!! Actor, Golden Boy, Oscar Winner, Conservationist, Gentleman, First Lieutenant in the US Air Force, World War II veteran- We miss you Bill!! XO – Emily

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Holden 100- Paris When It Sizzles (1964)

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Well my fellow bloggers, Holden Lovers, classic film fans- The 3rd Annual Golden Boy Blogathon is here and I for one am loving every minute of it! I’ve having so much fun this month in the world of classic film- and I hope you are to!

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For this special birthday milestone I chose to write Paris When it Sizzles (1964) which co-stars Audrey Hepburn. Some may be shocked I chose this film; I admit it took me a while to give in and watch because I read so much into it that it can be boring and, “fizzle”, in parts. Well, I do say that’s true; I won’t lie about saying everything about it is wonderful- however this film does, “sizzle”, too in more ways than you might believe.

With all that being admitted, now present to you why Paris When it Sizzles both Fizzles and Sizzles all while being a movie to watch. (I look at it as an excuse to watch Bill and Audrey on screen together in Paris)

First Up, the Fizzles

Behind the scenes Drama- This movie was filled with drama behind the camera. Not only was it the first time Bill and Audrey saw each other since 1954’s Sabrina (not counting causal Hollywood encounters), production was shut down while Bill went to alcohol rehab. Delays, tension on set, and probably just an unhappy workplace added with the fact neither of these stars wanted to do the movie- as they both “owed” Paramount a movie with their contracts- it wasn’t the smoothest of filming.

The Lagging Running Time- This movie runs 110 minutes and it’s not a quick sit either. Sometimes you find yourself checking the running time, and cringing which leads me to my next point

The Lack of Plot- Its essentially why the movie is so slow- yes the two are writing a screenplay- but nothing ever gets anywhere. Some of the skits that are played out are really boring (the airplane, the vampire, the carriage chase) and others are random. The fast forward button for certain scenes/ parts will be used!

And Now Why it Sizzles

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The Chemistry-  I don’ t even have to say this one out loud- Bill and Audrey are a “remembered Hollywood” couple for a reason- and I adore the moments they have in this film. The cigarette lighting, the dance (see below), the kisses, the body language- it all still feels natural like 10 years never happened.

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The Humor- This movie has got it! From the spoofs and references- this movie has its fair share of laughs! (Side note- look out for cameos of Marlene Dietrich, Tony Curtis, and Audrey’s husband Mel Ferrer!)

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Paris: on location- Beautiful shots of many famous Paris icons and places- a good view of ’60s Parisian fashion too!

THIS dance sequence- I told you this needs its own point because WOW– even if you are not interested in watching the movie please watch this- its magical and wonderful. DANCE WITH ME BILL!!!

 

             

EXTRA FACT– Many of you may not know this but Bill gave Audrey this present at the end of filming. MY HEART!!!

To the Golden Boy up in heaven, I say- I may never have gotten the chance to write to you and tell you how much I enjoy your films- but please know I enjoy them today in the 21st century! Love, Your Fan- Emily

 

PICS FROM PINTREST, WIKIPEDIA, GIF FROM TCM, BOTTOM 2 PICS- FROM ME, Emily

PARIS WHEN IT SIZZLES 1964- Occasionally played on TCM, available on Amazon and DVD

 

3rd Golden Boy Blogathon- William Holden 100

Well it’s here- and it’s still here! Love Letters to Old Hollywood had day 1 of the celebration and I’ve got Day 2! (The Wonderful World of Cinema has day 3 which is the actual Holden 100 day!)

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POST YOUR ENTRIES and I will list them here!

IHeart Bill Holden talks Breezy

Midnite Drive in on The Devil’s Brigade 

Taking up Room discusses why Bill adores Sabrina

Vinnieh has got The Key fact about why Bill is awesome!

The Story Enthusiast writes why Bill writes Dear Ruth

Classics, Coffeness and Craziness converses about The Horse Soldiers

LA Explorer reviews The Fleet’s In

AND MY Post!! On why Paris When it Sizzles–  Sizzles and Fizzles!

Happy 100 Bill! You may be turning a century- but you’re still as fabulous and as handsome as ever! ❤ You, Bill!

PS check out this cool tumblr blog devoted to Bill, where posts have been made all week to celebrate this wonderful man (I have been contributing some posts too, so check it out!)

PPS Still wanna donate to the William Holden Wildlife Foundation? Awesome! Click here!

The William Holden Centenary- Third Golden Boy Blogathon

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2018 is proving to be a great year for classic film fans- and this year is extra special as one certain gentlemen and Golden Boy is turning the big 1-0-0 this year- Ladies and Gents- Yes Mr. William Franklin Beedle Jr – aka Hollywood’s Golden Boy William Holden- is hitting the big milestone on April 17.
To celebrate Bill’s big event, The Wonderful World of Cinema has invited both myself and Love Letters to Classic Hollywood to join her in her annual Golden Boy Blogathon which will run from April 15-17. I am hosting April 16. The rules are as follows:
  • Choose a Topic relating to Mr. Holden!
  • No more than TWO (2) entries per person
  • Duplicates are allowed- but no more than 2 people repeating a topic
  • Have fun and celebrate this wonderful man and gifted actor (who still is better than ever at three digits)
You can signup with myself, Ginnie (The Wonderful World of Cinema) or Michaela (Love letters to Classic Hollywood). LET’S SHOW THE WORLD WE STILL LOVE AND REMEMBER THE GOLDEN BOY and MAKE THIS THE BEST 100 Birthday tribute EVER!!
Grab a fab badge designed by the talented Michaela and Let’s Go!
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PS- If you are a TCM junkie you’d be pleased to know that Miss Stefanie Powers (Bill’s partner at the time of his death) is currently recording segments with Ben Mankieweicz that will air in April- hmm??- Well yes- you’ve guessed it- Bill will probably be April Star of the Month- which is super exciting- as it will allow fans to catch up and be introduced to some of his most famous and even lesser known roles. I for one am hoping The World of Suzie Wong (1960) will be aired and discussed!

PPS- If you are interested click on this link to make a donation to the William Holden Wildlife Foundation fund. Set up by Stefanie Powers in  1982, it honors Bill’s wish of protecting wildlife and his memory. I plan on making a small donation in April for his birthday!