Hedda Hopper

Hedda Hopper

Highest Rated: 100% Don Juan (1926)

Lowest Rated: 13% The Oscar (1966)

Birthday: May 02, 1885

Birthplace: Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, USA

One of the two most feared women in Hollywood during its Golden Age, Hedda Hopper first made a name for herself as an actress, typecast as society women in such features as "Holiday" (1930), "Alice Adams" (1935) and "Dracula's Daughter" (1936). As her workload inclined more towards Poverty Row than the big studios, Hopper gambled on a career change from actress to gossip columnist for the Esquire Feature Syndicate. Her insider knowledge and roster of highly-placed confidantes paid off in an instantly-popular platform, published by The Los Angeles Times in 1938 and syndicated nationally. An interest in the private lives of public figures won Hopper the enmity of such secretive stars as Spencer Tracy, Cary Grant, Joseph Cotten, and Katharine Hepburn, while most of Tinseltown endeavored to keep on her good side in a bid to stay out of print. By widening her range to radio and television, Hopper cornered the gossip market and eclipsed the celebrity status of longtime rival Louella Parsons. During the anti-Communist purges of the Fifties, she advocated traditional American values, aligning herself with such staunch Hollywood conservatives as Ronald Reagan and Howard Hughes and counting as allies red-baiting Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy and FBI director J. Edgar Hoover. Hopper's death in 1966 paralleled the demise of the studio system, while her devotion to laying bare the intimate secrets of Hollywood stars presaged the rise of such culturally entrenched scandal sheets as The National Enquirer and TMZ.

Highest rated movies

Don Juan
The Women
Alice Adams
Midnight
Wings
Topper
As You Desire Me
Reap the Wild Wind

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 73% Alice in Wonderland Hedda the Mad Hatter (Voice) - 1966
13% 31% The Oscar Self - 1966
No Score Yet 53% Pepe Self - 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hedda Hopper's Hollywood Host - 1960
99% 95% Sunset Blvd. Self - 1950
80% 56% Reap the Wild Wind Aunt Henrietta Beresford (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cross-Country Romance Mrs. North (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet No Score Yet What a Life Mrs. Aldrich (Character) - 1939
94% 88% The Women Dolly Dupuyster (Character) - 1939
93% 88% Midnight Stephanie (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet 40% Maid's Night Out Mrs. Harrison (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet 67% Thanks for the Memory Polly Griscom (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet 11% Tarzan's Revenge Penny Reed (Character) - 1938
89% 81% Topper Mrs. Stuyvesant (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dangerous Holiday Lottie Courtney (Character) - 1937
55% 42% Dracula's Daughter Lady Esme Hammond (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bunker Bean Mrs. Dorothy Kent (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet No Score Yet Doughnuts and Society Mrs. Murray Hill (Character) - 1936
40% 57% I Live My Life Alvin's Mother (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet No Score Yet One Frightened Night Laura Proctor (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet No Score Yet Society Fever Mrs. Vandergriff (Character) - 1935
94% 71% Alice Adams Mrs. Palmer (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet No Score Yet Three Kids and a Queen Mrs. Cummings (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet No Score Yet Let's Be Ritzy Mrs. Burton (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet No Score Yet Beauty for Sale Madame Sonia Barton (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet 50% The Barbarian Mrs. Loway (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet 33% Men Must Fight Mrs. Chase (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet 60% Night World Mrs. Rand (Character) - 1932
86% 58% As You Desire Me Ines Montari v (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet 42% Skyscraper Souls Ella Dwight (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet 25% Speak Easily Mrs. Peets (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet 67% Downstairs Countess De Marnac (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Easiest Way Mrs. Clara Williams (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rebound Liz Crawford (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mystery Train Mrs. Marian Radcliffe (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet 0% Men Call It Love Callie (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet No Score Yet Flying High Mrs. Smith (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Common Law Mrs. Claire Collis (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet No Score Yet West of Broadway Mrs. Edith Trent (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet No Score Yet Let Us Be Gay Madge Livingston (Character) - 1930
No Score Yet 36% Our Blushing Brides Mrs. Lansing Ross-Weaver (Character) - 1930
No Score Yet No Score Yet War Nurse Matron (Character) - 1930
No Score Yet No Score Yet Girls Gone Wild Mrs. Holworthy (Character) - 1929
No Score Yet No Score Yet His Glorious Night Mrs. Collingswood Stratton (Character) - 1929
No Score Yet No Score Yet Half-Marriage Mrs. Page (Character) - 1929
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Last of Mrs. Cheyney Lady Maria (Character) - 1929
No Score Yet No Score Yet Harold Teen Mrs. Hazzit (Character) - 1928
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Chorus Kid Unknown (Character) - 1928
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Port of Missing Girls Mrs. C. King (Character) - 1928
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Drop Kick Mrs. Hamill (Character) - 1927
93% 79% Wings Mrs. Powell (Character) - 1927
No Score Yet No Score Yet Orchids and Ermine The Modiste (Character) - 1927
No Score Yet No Score Yet Adam and Evil Eleanor Leighton (Character) - 1927
No Score Yet No Score Yet Children of Divorce Katherine Flanders (Character) - 1927
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dance Madness Valentina (Character) - 1926
100% 60% Don Juan Marchesia Rinaldo (Character) - 1926
No Score Yet No Score Yet Raffles Mrs. Clarice Vidal (Character) - 1925
No Score Yet No Score Yet Happiness Mrs. Chrystal Pole (Character) - 1924
75% 35% Sherlock Holmes Unknown (Character) - 1922
No Score Yet No Score Yet Seven Keys to Baldpate Unknown (Character) - 1917

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Beverly Hillbillies Unknown (Guest Star) 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1962-1963 1959 1956 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour Unknown (Guest Star) 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet We Love Lucy Unknown (Guest Star) 1957
No Score Yet 98% I Love Lucy Unknown (Guest Star) 1955

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