Van Johnson Overview:

Legendary actor, Van Johnson, was born Charles Van Dell Johnson on Aug 25, 1916 in Newport, RI. Johnson died at the age of 92 on Dec 12, 2008 in Nyack, NY and was cremated and his location unknown.

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He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures. Van Johnson's handprints and footprints were 'set in stone' at Grauman's Chinese Theater during imprint ceremony #82 on Mar 25, 1948. Johnson was never nominated for an Academy Award.

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THE FIFTH ANNUAL BLOGATHON: Brigadoon, 1954

on Aug 25, 2021 From Caftan Woman

Michaela at Love Letters to Old Hollywood is hosting The Fifth Annual Blogathon. Click HERE to access the tributes to the popular actor. The contribution from this corner of the internet is a look at Van in the 1954 film version of Brigadoon.Once a song and dance man, always a song and d... Read full article


THE FOURTH BLOGATHON: 23 Paces to Baker Street, 1956

on Aug 23, 2020 From Caftan Woman

Michaela at Love Letters to Old Hollywood is hosting The Fourth Blogathon. The fun begins on August 23 through to 25. Click HERE to enjoy the contributions looking at the career of fan favourite . Director Henry Hathaway (The Dark Corner) and actor (Battlegro... Read full article


THE SECOND BLOGATHON: Zane Grey Theatre, Deadfall (1959)

on Aug 24, 2018 From Caftan Woman

Michaela of Love Letters to Old Hollywood is hosting a Blogathon, her second in as many years. Click HERE to read what all the fans have to say. A busy musical performer on Broadway, became box office gold for MGM in the 1940s. Popular with young fans, as he matured so did h... Read full article


THE SECOND BLOGATHON: Zane Grey Theatre, Deadfall (1959)

on Aug 24, 2018 From Caftan Woman

Michaela of Love Letters to Old Hollywood is hosting a Blogathon, her second in as many years. Click HERE to read what all the fans have to say. A busy musical performer on Broadway, became box office gold for MGM in the 1940s. Popular with young fans, as he matured so did h... Read full article


THE BLOGATHON: State of the Union (1948)

on Aug 25, 2017 From Caftan Woman

Michaela of Love Letters to Old Hollywood is hosting The Blogathon running from August 25 to 27. Click HERE for all the contributions on the popular and versatile actor. Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy The couple above are Mary and Grant Mitchell, and they are preparing for ... Read full article


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Van Johnson Quotes:

Warrant Officer Darrel Harrison: [after Helen's false eyelash falls into her drink] Your Irish coffee is *winking* at me.


Lt. Howard Thayer: It's not what you say, Ken, it's what you do.


Meg Brockie: I'm highly attracted to you. Why, when I look at you I feel wee tadpoles jumping in my spine.
Jeff Douglas: That's about as repulsive an idea as I've heard in years!


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Van Johnson Facts
His wife, Eve, was first married to Keenan Wynn. She married Johnson on the very day of her divorce from Wynn, only four hours after that divorce was finalized. Johnson had spent more a month recuperating from his near-fatal car accident at the Wynn's home (Keenan was his best friend) during his recovery and word got back to Louis B. Mayer that sparks had flown. The film mogul saw this relationship as a way to dispel rumors circulating about Johnson's sexuality. Despite Mayer's earlier attempts at matchmaking (he'd arranged dates with Gloria DeHaven, June Allyson and even Sonja Henie without making a love connection) only Evie Wynn appealed to him. Although they were genuinely in love, Mayer cemented the deal by providing unusual career concessions for Keenan: a better contract, no standard 12-week layoffs, and better roles... all areas that would benefit her and her children. He later left her for her male tennis instructor according to her son, Ned Wynn.

His bobbysoxer popularity was such that he was nicknamed "The Voicelss Sinatra.".

Van is referenced in the song "Prehistoric Man" from the musical On the Town (1949).

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