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Orson Welles Features

This is the section for all our "FUN" Orson Welles information - please enjoy!

Did You Know?

... that Orson Welles was married to screen beauty Rita Hayworth for six years in the forties. They had a daughter together named Rebecca. You can see them together in the film, The Lady From Shanghai, a movie they made just prior to their divorce.

... that Orson Welles is one of only four filmmakers who have been nominated for Best Director, Best Actor and Best Screenplay Academy Awards for a single film. Orson Welles received this honor for Citizen Kane. The other three are Woody Allen (Annie Hall), Warren Beatty (Reds) and Robert Benigni (Life is Beautiful.) Don't miss our Tribute to Woody Allen and our Tribute to Warren Beatty.

... that Orson Welles was only 24 when he made his masterpiece Citizen Kane. HBO made a good movie about this time in Orson Welles' life and it contains a lot of good behind-the-scenes stories about the making of this classic called RKO 281. Learn more in our Tribute to Citizen Kane.

... that in the later part of Orson Welles' career, he made a lot of seemingly strange acting choices. The truth was that he had made the decision that he would accept nearly any acting job as long as the money was good so that he could finance is more cerebral "pet projects." You can see one of the greatest directors who ever was in: History of the World Part I, The Muppet Movie, Start the Revolution Without Me and the TV movie Shogun.

... that Orson Welles provided the always on the telephone voice of Tom Selleck's boss, Robin Masters in the long running TV detective show Magnum P.I..

... that War of the Worlds might have been the most infamous radio play but Orson Welles' show The Mercury Theatre On the Air featured many other great performances. You can listen to them here.

... that Orson Welles died in 1985 two hours after he was interviewed by Merv Griffin. You can see his "last words" here.

... In the 1970's Orson Welles made a series of famous television commercial making catch phrases of "We will sell no wine before it's time (Paul Masson wine) and "Probably the best lager in the world" (Carlsberg beer). Outtakes have surfaced of the great actor and director being very unhappy recording a frozen peas commercial declaring that the copy was "unpleasant" and "unrewarding" before walking out.

On Location

Hollywood Walk of Fame Star
In the early 1960's, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce developed the idea of the "Hollywood Walk of Fame." The sidewalks of the most famous streets in the heart of Hollywood were lined with "stars" recognizing celebrities' life-long contributions to the entertainment industry. Receiving a star is still to this day considered a huge honor. Here's where you can find Orson Welles' stars:

Walk of Fame Star
(Motion Pictures)

1600 Vine St.
Hollywood, CA

Walk of Fame Star

6552 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA

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The Lady From Shanghai

Edward Rochester ( Jane Eyre ):

"I put my requests in an absurd way. The fact is once and for all, I do not wish to treat you as an inferior, but I've baffled through varied experiences with many men of many nations and roved over the globe while you've spent your whole life with one set of people in one house. Don't you agree it gives me the right to be masterful and abrupt?"

What movie did Orson Welles star in with husband and wife acting team, Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward?