Zanuck decided on a white star with box-office appeal.
“Pinky” was widely praised by critics but encountered opposition in the South, especially because a white man in the film wants to marry Pinky despite knowing her heritage. The movie’s controversy enhanced Crain’s popularity. She recalled that her fan letters rose to 6,000 a week, and only 1 percent were critical.
As Camera Girl of 1942 in Long Beach, she attracted the attention of 20th Century-Fox and was given a routine studio contract. She and Brinkman spent their time at two working ranches.
That was soon discarded for better terms as her career rapidly ascended. In her 70s she still received regular bundles of mail from fans who had seen her films on TV or video.
Paramedics on the film set of "Samantha's Child" were unable to revive him, Nelson said.
"He had just finished his final shots of the day and was going back to his dressing room," she said. He opted for a number of years to work on his own projects, directing and producing." Born Nov.
In 1945, Crain married Paul Brinkman, an actor who later became a successful businessman. “They write as if the films were just being released,” she said wonderingly.
“The films must have aged well.” Crain’s husband died in October. and Timothy Brinkman, and three daughters, Jeanine Brinkman, Lisa Binstock and Maria Brinkman.Marshall, Texas, banned the film, but the town’s film censoring ordinance was declared unconstitutional by the U. With her lovely features, slender figure and demure manner, Crain became a leading star in the wartime and postwar years.For faraway GI’s she seemed the ideal girl back home.12/4/03 - David Hemmings - LONDON - David Hemmings, the British actor who attained international stardom as the existential fashion photographer in the 1966 film "Blow Up," has died at age 62, his agent said Thursday.Hemmings, who also forged a successful career behind the camera directing for cinema and TV, died of a heart attack Wednesday while filming a movie role in Romania, said agent Liz Nelson. (AP) - Hope Lange, who starred opposite Hollywood's top actors over a decades-long career and earned an Oscar nomination for her supporting role in the 1957 film "Peyton Place," has died, her husband said Sunday. Lange died Friday at Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica after suffering an infection caused by an intestinal inflammation known as ischemic colitis, said her husband, Charles Hollerith.