Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Olive and George O'Brien's Romance

Olive and George O'Brien became one of Hollywood's favorite couples onscreen and off. They met when they worked together in the 1926 western 3 Bad Men. That same year Olive and George costarred in the hit comedy Fig Leaves. Their real life romance lasted for four years and there were rumors that the couple was engaged. Olive once told a reporter they were "looking for a house suitable for two". Sadly George decided he did not want to marry Olive and he broke up with her in 1930. Apparently his conservative family did not approve of Olive's drinking and lavish spending. George was the great love of Olive's life and she was heartbroken when the relationship ended. He married actress Marguerite Churchill in 1933 but the couple divorced. George O'Brien passed away in 1985 at the age of eighty-six.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

1930 Pictorial ~ Olive Demonstrates Studio Signals


~ Olive always wore a pink and green pansy ring. It was made out of her father's stickpin and she said it her good luck charm.

~ She hated seeing herself on the screen and never watched one of her finished movies

~ At one time Olive owned fourteen fur coats! When she started having financial problems she had to sell all of them.

~ Her cousin was actress Natalie Joyce. They worked together in the movie Dance Hall.

~ Olive weighed only 105 pounds. To stay in shape she would run up and down her stairs every day.

~ Columnist Jimmie Fiddler was her first press agent. He said she was "unforgettable for the perfect beauty of her figure".

~ When Olive was cast in the 1925 film The Dressmaker In Paris she only owned one dress

~ She was five feet, four inches tall and had brown eyes

~ In July of 1927 Olive bought a custom built Lincoln car with a convertible top. It was the only one of it's kind on the West coast.

~ Although the characters she played often smoked cigarettes Olive did not smoke in real life

~ Olive wore a size 2 shoe. Her feet were so small she had to have special shoes made.

~ In 1925 Olive was named one of the 13 WAMPAS (Western Association Of Motion Picture Advertisers) Baby Stars. The other baby stars included June Marlowe and Betty Arlen.

~ She loved to swim and play golf

~ When Olive died she was broke. The only possessions she had were a scrapbook of clippings and a photo of herself that was signed "Sincerely yours, Olive Borden".

~ She was close friends with actors Cornelius Keefe and Ralph Graves

~ Olive underwent an emergency appendectomy in August of 1926. She returned to work five weeks later.

~ Accused murderer Lizzie Borden was one of Olive's distant relatives

~ Olive made her New York stage debut on December 20, 1930. She had the lead role in a play called "The Devil Is A Lady".

~ She could speak French and she knew how to play the piano

~ In 1958 Olive was one of the first eight celebrities to be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Her star is located at the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue.

~ She was very close to her mother Sibbie. They always lived together until Olive moved to New York City in 1930.

~ Olive had a large collection of dolls

~ When Olive was a child she went to Sacred Heart Catholic grade school in Norfolk, Virginia. She was one of the first students to attend the school when it opened in 1920.


Olive adored her fans! She never turned down an autograph request and she often sent personal letters. Here are some authentic autographs from Olive ...

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Dance Hall with Arthur Lake

In 1929 Olive starred in the romantic drama Dance Hall. She plays a young dance hall girl who falls in love with a dashing pilot. Olive dyed her hair blonde for the movie. The cast includes Arthur Lake, Ralph Emerson, and Natalie Joyce (Olive's cousin). Dance Hall was directed by Melville Brown. It was a modest success and Olive's performance got good reviews. You can watch the entire movie here ...

Olive and Natalie Joyce

Olive and Arthur Lake