This is the section for all our "FUN" William Holden information - please enjoy!
Did You Know?
... that William Holden was Ronald Reagan's best man at his wedding to Jane Wyman.
... that William Holden became a star after his very first motion picture, Golden Boy. However, never formally trained as an actor William Holden had a bad couple of weeks when the movie started shooting. Co-star Barbara Stanwyck stepped in and started tutoring William on the craft of acting and William's performance improved greatly. William would remain life-long friends with Barbara and would also credit her with saving his burgeoning career. They would go on to make two other movies together: Executive Suite and Variety Girl.
... that William Holden had a very successful on-screen collaboration with director Billy Wilder. They would work together on four films over the course of their respective careers, including Fedora, Sabrina, Stalag 17 and Sunset Blvd (pictured here.)
... that William Holden was very active in the preservation of wildlife in Africa. In the seventies, William Holden bought a large parcel of land and founded an animal sanctuary called The Mount Kenya Game Ranch. After his death in 1981, his girlfriend at the time, actress Stephanie Powers, help found the William Holden Wildlife Foundation to carry on his conservation plans in Africa.
... that movie trailers used to be quite different. In this trailer for The Country Girl William Holden comes on the screen and tells us why we should go see this movie
... that William Holden played himself on a classic episode of the I Love Lucy show called "LA at Last". Lucy is star struck and we would be too.
... William Holden was an avid art collector. He bequeathed his collection to the Palm Springs Museum of Art. The Museum says "The William Holden Collection is as eclectic and extensive as the donor's interests were. His curiosity was boundless in his desire to learn more about the arts and people of all cultures."
... This year is the 50th anniversary of the Mt. Kenya Safari Club which was founded by William Holden. The hotel has undergone extensive renovations and if you decide to stay there you can sleep in the William Holden cottages. As always we like to provide you with an alternative to actually having to go there- you can watch this video.
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 William Holden's star:
Walk of Fame Star (Motion Pictures)
1651 Vine St.