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This Day in Norwood History-January 17, 1947-Emily Henry Bush to Tell Private Lives of Film Stars At Day House

Emily Henry Bush

If you want to see a gal who did the impossible in that most impossible of places, Hollywood, and photographed it in color, you can hear her tell all about it at the annual meeting of the Norwood Historical Society, Thursday evening. January 30, at 8 o clock at Day House.

Her name is Mrs. Emily Henry Bush She has entertained in Norwood before with her chip, unique and up-to-the-minute stories of what she heard and saw in the very exclusive homes of national celebrities to which she gained entrance with her little camera Everybody went home with the feeling they had the impression of a key-hole around the right eye.

It was a naughty but nice feeling, since Mrs, Bush is a nice girl and wouldn’t peep for the world without permission. The color shots were out of the ordinary. Also last year she had an assignment along the same lines with the little love-nests of the movie stars. Norwood lovers of armor arbors, cine biggies, and readers of film columns and mags would think this should have been a cinch. It wasn‘t, according to a recent letter to the writer. Miss Bush takes her hair down and says. “I found out that Hollywood was about as difficult a place to get into as Windsor Castle and certainly there was more red tape than could possibly be supposed. Twice I was on the verge of giving up but hung on, so to speak, and finally, by dint of hard work, subterfuge and whatnot, got through even once in. I found I had various unions to contend with, publicity agents, ole., but it was the most exciting assignment one could possibly imagine.”

All of which does indeed sound like Stanley in Africa and that was, in truth, a good story. So it checks in with what Miss Bush continues to say in her letter.

“I feel quite honored as I am the first freelance photographer to have carried out such an assignment, and I found everyone most interested in my venture and exceedingly cooperative. I photographed these stars mostly in their own lovely homes (and they certainly arc lovely’) but some were done ‘on the set,’ All of the studios cooperated and I was given permission to photograph in the studios, something which is almost never- done, and if I do say so. I’ve come home with some beautiful pictures. I interviewed and photographed over 40 of the top stars, including Shirley Temple, Hedda Hopper, Elizabeth Taylor, Teresa Wright, Edward Everett Horton, Edward Arnold, Joan Crawford, Rex Harrison, Gregory Peck, Dinah Shore, Margaret O’Brien, Roddy McDowall, Ronald Reagan, Jane Wyman, Frank Capra, and many others. These pictures, all in direct color, are accompanied by my own ‘word-pictures,’ human-interest stories about the stars — the little-known but intensely interesting bits about then work, their interests, hobbies, etc.”

So. if anyone hereabouts wants casually to say. “ As I remarked to Edward Arnold the other morning when 1 squirted n grapefruit seed in his eye . .” they had better just say to the taxi man on January 30, “Day House, please.”

By WIN EVERETT

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