November 5, 1905 ~ October 20, 1990 Joel McCrea The More the Merrier, The Palm Beach Story
Regardless of his own personal opinion about his acting ability Joel McCrea succeeded more than once in being able to impress the right people at the right time. Will Roger’s took a liking to him and put him in Westerns, Preston Sturges took a liking to him and put him in the popular comedies More the Merrier and Sullivan’s Travels. But perhaps the most fortunate twist of fate that Joel McCrea ever had was the one that allowed him to deliver newspapers to Gloria Swanson. It was her suggestion that really propelled him as an actor in his early films with Douglas Fairbanks. Not that we needed to point out McCrea was charming, but he was, and apparently enough to fuel a very successful acting career and 57 year marriage to Frances Dee.
Happy Birthday Joel!