Thursday, September 7, 2017

Alice's Scandalous Love Triangle

Alice and Sydney Bartlett

In 1933 Alice was involved in a headline making love triangle with British actor John Warburton and writer Sidney "Cy" Bartlett. She had been dating Sidney on and off for three years. During one of their separations she began a romance with John. While attending a party in Beverly Hills Alice and John got into a vicious fight. When they returned to her house John beat Alice so badly that her eyes were swollen shut and her nose was broken. She said "He beat me up all over the street and grabbed me by the hair. It's a wonder I didn't die!" Alice couldn't leave her house for days and even had to have cosmetic surgery to fix her nose. She immediately broke up with John and got back together with Sidney. He was so angry about what John did to Alice that he hired two men to beat and disfigure him. On September 16, 1933 the two men robbed and beat up John. They were arrested and told the police that Sidney and Alice had hired them. Alice denied planning the attack saying "The whole thing comes to me as a shocking surprise." The grand jury refused to indict Bartlett or Alice but the bad publicity hurt her reputation. She married Sidney on December 3, 1933. The marriage lasted four years.

Alice and John Warburton

Alice's Divorce From Jack Roberts

In 1949 Alice divorced her second husband, screenwriter Jack Roberts, after eight years together. She claimed he "threw things and was interested in another girl". Soon after she began a romance with musician William Hinshaw. Meanwhile Jack started dating Barbara Hinshaw, William's estranged wife. The situation got messy when when Alice sued Jack for not paying his alimony. Then Barbara accused of William of not paying for their son's education. Both couples were ordered to appear in court in November of 1950. During the hearing Barbara said that everyone knew that Alice was living with her husband. Alice got very emotional and began arguing with Barbara. This upset the Judge who threatened to put everyone in jail if they didn't behave. He ordered both husbands to pay the money they owed and issued a restraining order to keep the couples from harassing each other. The situation created more scandalous headlines for Alice. She and William continued dating for several years but they broke up in 1952. Jack Roberts passed away in 1980 at the age of sixty-eight.

Alice's Marriage To Sidney Bartlett

Alice and Sidney "Cy" Bartlett had a tempestuous and scandalous relationships. Sidney, a successful screenwriter, was born in Russia in 1900. Alice started dating him in 1929 and they got engaged. Over the next four years they broke up several times. The press said they had the longest engagement in Hollywood. In 1933 the couple reunited again after Alice's lover John Warburton beat her up. To get revenge Sidney hired two men to beat up Warburton. Sidney was never charged with any crime but the incident damaged Alice's reputation. On December 3, 1933 Alice and Sidney secretly eloped in Mexico. She told reporters he was "the man I love most in the world."

Unfortunately their happiness would not last long. Alice announced they were separating in January of 1936 but just a few months later they were back together. In August of 1937 she filed for divorce. She claimed Sidney stayed away from home and had liquor parties. The divorce was granted in 1938 and Alice was awarded $65 a week in alimony. To celebrate she bought herself a divorce ring inscribed "Liberty and Freedom". Sidney later married actress Ellen Drew. In 1939 Alice took Sidney to court again claiming he was not paying his alimony. Sidney passed way in 1978 at the age of seventy-eight.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Alice White's Story

Alice White was born Alva Violet White on August 24, 1904 in Paterson, New Jersey. Her mother, a former chorus girl, died when she was just three years old. She was raised by her Italian grandparents in New Haven, Connecticut. When Alice was a teenager they moved to California where she attended Hollywood high school. She got a job as a secretary at Pickford Studios but was fired for being too "sexy". Alice worked as a script girl for Charlie Chaplin and Josef Von Sternberg. Chaplin encouraged her to try acting and she made her film debut in the 1927 silent drama The Sea Tiger.

Alice in 1926                                                                                 

The following year she had starring roles in Gentleman Prefer Blondes and Show Girl. Alice had a bubbly onscreen personality and was often compared to Clara Bow. Her short blonde hair and flapper style would become her trademark. Audiences fell in love with Alice but critics were rarely impressed with her acting. It was also rumored that her singing voice was being dubbed. Alice had serious romances with aviator Dick Grace and actor Donald Keith. She also had an on-again off-again engagement with screenwriter Sydney Bartlett. In 1931 she took a break from making movies. The studio claimed that she was unhappy with her salary and had become difficult to work with.

Alice became involved in an abusive affair with British actor John Warburton. She claimed he once beat her so badly she needed reconstructive surgery on her nose. Alice got back together with Sydney Bartlett and shortly after they were of accused hiring two men to beat up John Warburton. Although she was not charged with a crime the bad publicity damaged her reputation. Alice married Sydney in 1933 and tried to make a comeback. Unfortunately she was only able to get small roles in low budget films. In 1936 she suffered a nervous breakdown and was hospitalized for two months. The following year her marriage to Sydney ended. She married screenwriter John Roberts in 1941 but they divorced eight years later. In court she said he "threw things and wasn't very nice".

Alice's last film role was in the 1949 drama Flamingo Road. For many years she lived with musician William Hinshaw. She never had any children. With her movie star days behind her Alice went back to work as a secretary. In 1957 she fell off a ladder and landed on a pair of scissors. The accident left her blinded for several months. When she recovered she was offered a small part on The Ann Sothern Show. As she grew older Alice stayed out of the spotlight but she continued to answer the fan mail she received from around the world. She died on February 19, 1983 after suffering a massive stroke. Alice is buried at Pierce Brothers Valhalla Memorial Park in North Hollywood.