William Haines Overview:

Actor, William Haines, was born Charles William Haines on Jan 2, 1900 in Staunton, VA. Haines died at the age of 74 on Dec 26, 1973 in Santa Monica, CA .



He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.

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By Lara on Jun 7, 2014 From Backlots

and Jimmy Shields with Jean Harlow, William Powell, and friends. In 1933, a young and successful actor lost his job in Hollywood. His name had been featured in many wildly popular hits in the 1920s, and his appeal was so great that he had been one of the lucky ones to make the transit... Read full article

"The Girl Said No," and So Did

By David on Aug 21, 2012 From The Man on the Flying Trapeze

(1900-73) was one of those movie stars who easily made the transition from silent to sound films. In the late 1920s he was one of MGM's biggest stars -- handsome, athletic and relaxed on screen, with an appealing goofball side. But he was also gay, and that's why stopp... Read full article

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William Haines Quotes:

Billy Boone: [looks at Peggy's makeup] Remember, Baby, you're not painting a bungalow.

Peggy Pepper: My acting is the talk of Savannah.
Billy Boone: My acting is the scandal of Hollywood!

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He created an interior decoration at the 1939-1940 Golden Gate International Exposition in San Francisco, California, which boasted a painting by up-and-coming artist Georgia O'Keeffe.

While at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Haines was able to get stand-in and extra work for his partner Jimmie Shields. Shields, who was attractive and photogenic but apparently had no interest in an acting career, stopped taking bit roles after a year or so but remained a fixture, frequently visiting the set and bringing Haines home-made lunches.

Following the Great Depression and a tight crackdown on morality, MGM mogul Louis B. Mayer insisted Haines leave his lover and publicly marry a woman. Haines refused and was fired. His relationship with longtime lover, Jimmie Shields, lasted fifty years.

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