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He made his film debut at 24 and soon signed a contract with Warner Bros., a company he only did one film with. Ronald L. Davis in Van Johnson: MGM's Golden Boy, Mr. Johnson did not remarry.”, “In January 1947, Johnson married Eve Wynn, the former wife of his close friend, actor Keenan Wynn. But as he once asked a reporter rhetorically, “How long can you go on being the boy next door?”. Mr. Johnson said he was not even upset when the studio chief Louis B. Mayer learned that he was living with a young actress and insisted that he move out. When he turned 60, he told a reporter that he had beaten cancer twice and was so booked up with summer theater jobs that he never made it home to his Manhattan penthouse and his two cats. He also had a small part in Woody Allen’s 1985 film “The Purple Rose of Cairo.”. Before that he lived at 405 East 54th Street in Manhattan.
went on to become one of the busiest and most popular Johnson, a Hollywood star during the 1940s and 1950s who performed alongside Humphrey Bogart in "The Caine Mutiny," died … In 1976 he was nominated for an Emmy for his role in television mini-series “Rich Man, Poor Man.”, Reporting by Michelle Nichols; editing by Mohammad Zargham. "He said he had seen it and done it all and now he was just going to sit back and take it easy.

"plain homosexual" husband to drag queen Albin. The two did not have children and divorced in 1968, according to TCM.com. '”, “In January 1947 Evie and Wynn were finally divorced, and the following day she and Johnson were wed. In 1946 he was third. REUTERS/HO Old. 1940s and '50s who also played dramatic roles, died Friday. She was briefly reconciled with Johnson and travelled with him to London in 1961 when he starred on stage in The Music Man, but the couple finally parted when Johnson began an affair with a member of the show’s cast. Johnson, 92, died around 11 a.m. of natural causes at the Tappan Zee Manor in Nyack, New York, where he had lived for seven years, said Wendy Bleiweiss. "He was one of the all-time old actors.". “Everything was provided for us, from singing lessons to barbells. '” Their eventual, acrimonious divorce (Johnson called it ‘the ugliest divorce in Hollywood history’) was made final in 1968.”, Van Johnson, Film Actor, Is Dead at 92 [nyt] In 1999, when Evie was bitter and near poverty, she finally stated that MGM had persuaded her to marry Johnson, one of their top stars of the Forties.

As he grew older in a senior center in Nyack, N.Y., of causes related. Bleiweiss said Johnson was estranged from his daughter and stepchildren for most of his life, but children brightened his day. Van Johnson starred with Lana Turner in “Weekend at the Waldorf” in 1945. “Van was devastated,” Mr. Wynn wrote in a memoir, “We Will Always Live in Beverly Hills.” “He had wanted to show his father that now, after years of a gray, loveless, miserly life, he was a star, he could afford steak. Johnson retained much of his youthful energy as he grew older, and became a frequent interview subject on the old days of Hollywood and his lengthy career, TCM.com said.

He appeared in "The Music Man" in London, England, in 1961 and returned to Broadway in 1962 for "Come on Strong.". 1940s and '50s who also played dramatic roles, died Friday Johnson married Wynn, the mother of two young sons, in Juarez, Mexico, only four hours after she had obtained a Mexican divorce. Johnson received good reviews and generated ticket 1947 just hours after she divorced actor Keenan Wynn, a Van Johnson, whose boyish looks and earnest manner made him a Hollywood heartthrob in the 1940s and '50s, died Friday in an assisted-care facility, a friend told CNN. The actor’s screen image was all laughter and sunshine. "He was one of the all-time old actors.". Obituary: Evie Wynn Johnson [independent], Filed Under: News Tagged With: Deaths, News, Van Johnson, David Archuleta Gets Poked by Lady Gaga », mainstream media makes no mention of the fact, went into far greater detail about her relationship with Johnson, Van Johnson, MGM’s boy-next-door, dies at 92, Maskless LGBT Trump Supporters March in West Hollywood Chanting ‘Four More Years!’ — VIDEO, Lou Dobbs Lashes Out at Lindsey Graham for Being Insufficiently Pro-Trump: ‘I Don’t Know Why Anyone’ Would Vote for Him — VIDEO, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner Threaten to Sue Lincoln Project Over Times Square Billboards Slamming Trump Administration COVID Response, Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon’s New Documentary Film Explores Growing Up Gay in a Conservative Christian Home: WATCH, Susan Collins, Debate Ratings, Armie Hammer, Tom of Finland, Miley Cyrus, Slovenia, Megyn Kelly: HOT LINKS, Trump Mocks Reporter for Wearing Mask in Oval Office: ‘That’s the Largest Mask I Think I’ve Ever Seen’ — VIDEO, Washington Teen Accused of Plotting to Assassinate Joe Biden, Arrested with Van Full of Guns and Explosives: VIDEO, ‘Rudolph Giuliani’s Career in American Life Has Come to Its End’: Watch the Full, Cringey Hotel Scene from ‘Borat 2’ — VIDEO, Pete Buttigieg Rips Trump’s Debate Answers on Climate: ‘A President Who Doesn’t Believe in Science Puts American Lives at Risk’ — VIDEO, Shangela, Bob, Eureka, and Drag Stars From All 50 States Team Up to Get Out the Vote: WATCH. Born in Newport, Rhode Island, in 1916, Johnson was also a Broadway star. The next year, Abbott cast him as a chorus boy and Gene Kelly's understudy in Rodgers and Hart's groundbreaking musical "Pal Joey," according to TCM.com. Other big roles included "A Guy Named Joe," "Brigadoon" and "The Caine Mutiny. In 1944, a time when actors worked under contract in the studio caste system, Mr. Johnson was promoted from featured player to MGM’s official star list. Irene Dunne and Spencer Tracy. 1940s and '50s who also played dramatic roles, died Friday Gay actor Van At 75, with his strawberry blond hair turned white and his figure grown rotund, he toured as Captain Andy in “Show Boat.”, “These are supposed to be my September years,” Mr. Johnson told an interviewer. adding that the star became particularly As Johnson entered middle age, his features grew heavy but he still managed to find offbeat roles in films including "The Bottom of the Bottle," an unabashed melodrama in which he played an alcoholic, and "23 Paces to Baker Street" as a blind detective.
I used to dread leaving the studio to go out into the real world, because to me the studio was the real world.”.

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