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|Also Known As:||Died:||June 18, 1991|
|Born:||June 1, 1922||Cause of Death:||cancer|
|Birth Place:||Orange, New Jersey, USA||Profession:||Cast ...|
In his unauthorized biography of author J.D. Salinger, Ian Hamilton claims that the name for the hero of "The Catcher in the Rye," Holden Caulfield, was a combination of a childhood friend--Holden--with Joan Caulfield, on whom Salinger had a crush.
"I didn't go Hollywood on the outside with flashy cars, upstairs maids and mink covered bathroom fixtures. I went Hollywood on the inside--and that's worst of all. . . . I played a character only in one picture--my first. From then on I was this movie star named Joan Caulfield. I tried to avoid being natural. I lowered my voice. I copied the mannerisms of other stars. I struck poses. I received bad advice--from dramatic coaches, from agents and from studio executives. I stopped being a human being. I blame myself and I blame Hollywood's star system." --Joan Caulfield to writer Erskine Johnson ("The Paramount Pretties" by James Robert Parish, 1972)
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