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Miriam Hopkins Collection

A major Star in her own right, Miriam Hopkins is best remembered for her long-running feud with superstar Bette Davis.

17 old time radio show recordings
(total playtime 12 hours, 56 min)
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"Lux Radio: Old Maid"



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Miriam HopkinsNothing brings out a great performance like competition, and few competitions can become as bitter as a Hollywood feud between A-list stars. Gaining A-list status is something to be taken very seriously, and the actors who actually make it that far would do nothing to jeopardize whatever picture they are working on. However, even though professionals can get past their differences on the set, the competitive tension is always there, and sometimes it can bring out the best in an actor (or often the worst).

More than a few of the rivalries and feuds from Hollywood's Golden Age were actually products of overactive imaginations in the studio publicity department, but some Stars did have reasons to hold a grudge against another. The famous feud between the great Bette Davis and Miriam Hopkins was certainly inflated in the press, but the ladies actually had good reasons not to get along. Bette was notoriously difficult to get along with on and off the set, and Miriam feuded with some other Stars and was known for having "pissed off half of Hollywood".

Ellen Miriam Hopkins was born into wealth in Savannah, Georgia, 1902. Although her parents split when she was a teenager, she had access to some of the finest learning institutions in the country and attended the Goddard Seminary in Vermont and Syracuse University in New York. Like so many others, she was bitten by the showbiz bug and began performing as a chorus girl in New York before putting her energies towards more dramatic parts. While working in repertory theater, Miriam and Miss Davis first crossed paths when they were in the same company under director George Cukor. At the time, while still not a big star, Miriam was making a bigger splash than Bette. She decided to give the screen a try and signed with Paramount Pictures in 1930. Her first big success was in the horror classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931).

Miriam's star began to rise with good parts in racy pre-Code hits like The Story of Temple Drake (1933) and Design for Living (1933). She returned to Broadway to play a tempestuous Southern belle in the play Jezebel. The show was not successful, but Miriam became a part-owner of the film rights to the production. In 1938, Miriam and Bette were both thought to be in the running to play Scarlet in David O. Selznick's Gone With the Wind. By this time, Davis was the queen of Warner Bros and the fan favorite for the part (Selznick later said she was never really considered) but Miriam was a genuine Georgia native and author Margaret Mitchell's favorite. Before GWtW began shooting, Warner's began showing interest in producing Jezebel, which was a story with many similarities to Miss Mitchell's epic. Miriam agreed to sell her rights to Jezebel when she was given the impression (but not a guarantee) that she would star in the film. She was reportedly livid when the part was given to her rival Bette Davis, and cried when Bette won Best Actress for the role.

Miriam & BetteAlthough she was not given the role in Jezebel, Warner's did sign Miriam for a two-picture deal. Her first assignment was to co-star with Bette in The Old Maid (1939). The tension on the set between the rivals was played up by the publicity department and had promotional photos taken of the two leading ladies in costume while wearing boxing gloves. Beyond the professional rivalry, Miriam's husband at the time, director Anatole Litvak, had been at the helm of Bette's previous picture, The Sisters (1938), and Hopkins suspected that Litvak and Davis had an affair (they would have an affair while filming All This and Heaven Too in 1940, but by then Litvak and Hopkins had split).

The Old Maid did very well at the box office, and although both actresses would go on to other projects, Warner's hoped to repeat the success and cast the rivals together in Old Acquaintance (1943). This time, the tension on the set was so intense that director Edmund Goulding had a heart attack early in the production (Jack Warner joked that Golding had the attack on purpose to avoid dealing with the high-maintenance divas).

By this time, Miriam began to recognize that she was no longer going to command the great roles of her youth and moved to New York to work on the stage. When she returned to Hollywood more than half a decade later, she began appearing in character roles on television. Her last appearance was as a mother superior on The Flying Nun during the 1969 season.

On October 9, 1972, just nine days before her 70th birthday, Miriam Hopkins suffered a fatal heart attack in New York City. Two Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame are dedicated to honor Miriam Hopkins, one at 1709 Vine St for Motion Pictures, and the other just across the street at 1716 Vine St for Television.

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    17 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 12 hours, 56 min
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      17 shows - total playtime 12 hours 56 minutes
      1. Campbell Playhouse 400128 47 It Happened One Night.mp3
      2. Chase And Sanborn Hour 390827 121 Miriam Hopkins.mp3
      3. Fleischmanns Yeast Hour 331123 214 Design For Living.mp3
      4. Fleischmanns Yeast Hour 351107 316 Lake Miriam Hopkins.mp3
      5. Hildegardes Radio Room 451030 Miriam Hopkins.mp3
      6. Inner Sanctum 450410 Bog Oak Necklace.mp3
      7. Lux 380411 Mary Burns Fugitive Miriam Hopkins H.fonda.mp3
      8. Lux 381121 Confession Miriam Hopkins.mp3
      9. Lux 390515 Tovarich William Powell Miriam Hopkins.mp3
      10. Lux 391030 Old Maid Loretta Young Miriam Hopkins.mp3
      11. Lux 440320 Hard Way Miriam Hopkins Franchot Tone.mp3
      12. Lux 440529 Old Acquaintance Alexis Smith Miriam Hopkins.mp3
      13. New World Coming 450204 33 There Are Things To Do.mp3
      14. Obsession 25 David And Laura Miriam Hopkins.mp3
      15. Sgt 400324 Morning Glory.mp3
      16. Suspense 501005 Rose Garden.mp3
      17. Vallee Varieties 400411 006 Miriam Hopkins.mp3
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    17 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
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      17 shows - total playtime 12 hours 56 minutes
      1. Campbell Playhouse 400128 47 It Happened One Night.mp3
      2. Chase And Sanborn Hour 390827 121 Miriam Hopkins.mp3
      3. Fleischmanns Yeast Hour 331123 214 Design For Living.mp3
      4. Fleischmanns Yeast Hour 351107 316 Lake Miriam Hopkins.mp3
      5. Hildegardes Radio Room 451030 Miriam Hopkins.mp3
      6. Inner Sanctum 450410 Bog Oak Necklace.mp3
      7. Lux 380411 Mary Burns Fugitive Miriam Hopkins H.fonda.mp3
      8. Lux 381121 Confession Miriam Hopkins.mp3
      9. Lux 390515 Tovarich William Powell Miriam Hopkins.mp3
      10. Lux 391030 Old Maid Loretta Young Miriam Hopkins.mp3
      11. Lux 440320 Hard Way Miriam Hopkins Franchot Tone.mp3
      12. Lux 440529 Old Acquaintance Alexis Smith Miriam Hopkins.mp3
      13. New World Coming 450204 33 There Are Things To Do.mp3
      14. Obsession 25 David And Laura Miriam Hopkins.mp3
      15. Sgt 400324 Morning Glory.mp3
      16. Suspense 501005 Rose Garden.mp3
      17. Vallee Varieties 400411 006 Miriam Hopkins.mp3
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    17 recordings on 14 Audio CDs
    total playtime 12 hours, 56 min

    Miriam Hopkins Disc A001

    1. Obsession 25 David And Laura Miriam Hopkins

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    Miriam Hopkins Disc A002

    1. Fleischmanns Yeast Hour 331123 214 Design For Living

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    Miriam Hopkins Disc A003

    1. Fleischmanns Yeast Hour 351107 316 Lake Miriam Hopkins

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    Miriam Hopkins Disc A004

    1. Lux 380411 Mary Burns Fugitive Miriam Hopkins H.fonda

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    Miriam Hopkins Disc A005

    1. Lux 381121 Confession Miriam Hopkins

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    Miriam Hopkins Disc A006

    1. Lux 390515 Tovarich William Powell Miriam Hopkins

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    Miriam Hopkins Disc A007

    1. Chase And Sanborn Hour 390827 121 Miriam Hopkins

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    Miriam Hopkins Disc A008

    1. Lux 391030 Old Maid Loretta Young Miriam Hopkins

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    Miriam Hopkins Disc A009

    1. Campbell Playhouse 400128 47 It Happened One Night

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    Miriam Hopkins Disc A010

    1. Sgt 400324 Morning Glory
    2. Vallee Varieties 400411 006 Miriam Hopkins

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    Miriam Hopkins Disc A011

    1. Lux 440320 Hard Way Miriam Hopkins Franchot Tone

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    Miriam Hopkins Disc A012

    1. Lux 440529 Old Acquaintance Alexis Smith Miriam Hopkins

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    Miriam Hopkins Disc A013

    1. New World Coming 450204 33 There Are Things To Do
    2. Inner Sanctum 450410 Bog Oak Necklace

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    Miriam Hopkins Disc A014

    1. Hildegardes Radio Room 451030 Miriam Hopkins
    2. Suspense 501005 Rose Garden

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