He was in the dark and suddenly the spotlight picked him up—he was electric, he was hot, it was almost a sexual thing.
It started in 1957 at Chicago’s most famous nightclub, Chez Paree.
He was still smarting from having let Marilyn Monroe slip away: unimpressed by her beauty, he had neglected in 1948 to renew her initial six-month contract.
Cohn decided he was going to take the next girl who walked into his office and manufacture a new star for Columbia Pictures, one who would do exactly what he wanted, who wouldn’t walk away until he and the public were finished with her.“We always had a blonde,” George Sidney remembers.
She was Columbia’s resident sex goddess in the 1940s, but she had a bad habit of getting married.
Her first husband was a 40-year-old car salesman named Edward C.