"Comes the sequel: Not many moons ago, a haughty New Yawk matron bought a package of needles in a department store, and ordered them delivered to her Long Island home. Now comes the wife of a well-known bandleader in Movietown, who wangles herself a screen debut in James Roosevelt's Pot O' Gold production. The lady spent 350 iron men for her wardrobe and screen guild card, then she asked for a stand-in, and got the gal who serves none other than Roz Russell. When Mrs. Bandleader's big moment came, she had a one-word line in a scene. Asked a question, she said "yes". Simply that and nothing more. Only thing she missed was a retake. And she might have wangled that if she'd muffed the line and said, "no"." (Film Fun, 1941)
I tried hard to figure out who this might have been. Only 3 actresses made their screen debut in Pot O' Gold (as far as I can tell). Their names are: Jewel McGowan, Beverly Andre, and Donna Wood. Jewel McGowan was a well known dancer, so I doubt she was the likely prospect. I couldn't really find any info about Beverly Andre, except that she appeared uncredited in only 2 other films. Donna Wood seems like the likely prospect except for the New York bit. Donna Wood was apparently a big band singer, as was her sister Gloria.
|Mena Farragut original on set candid still POT O GOLD 1941|
Donna and Her Don Juans were part of bandleader Horace Heidt's act, and since he was in Pot O' Gold, it seems logical that Donna would be too. She married bandleader Lee Hackler. Donna died in 1947 of a heart condition, but she seems to have a ghost following on the web.
It was quite difficult to sift through reality and people claiming they learned things through her ghost. There's also a few people writing novels about her. So basically, I guess I can't really figure out who Film Fun was alluding to. Who do you think it was?