Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Darling Daphne Dazzles Daddy Douglas and will Junior Joel Join in

". . and leaning over the cradle of Miss Daphne Fairbanks (whose father remarked with that loving originality peculiar to all infatuated fathers that while he didn't know much about babies he did know she was the most beautiful child he had ever seen) was that handsome young man who doesn't, but who could, call himself Douglas Fairbanks, II . . . just behind this father of Daphne's stood her very young step-grandfather, Mr. Jack Whiting, the musical comedy star, together with the baby's adoring grandmothers, the very social Mrs. Epling and the very charming Mrs. Beth Sully Fairbanks Whiting."

Douglas Fairbanks Jr. with his mother, Anna Beth Sully. February, 1938

Daphne Fairbanks was born April 8, 1940.  As of the writing of this, she is age 76.  Jack Whiting (January 1, 1901 - February 15, 1961),  Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.'s stepfather, was an actor in his own right.  Appearing on Broadway from 1922 until 1954, he appeared in several films, mainly in the 1930's.

Jack Whiting

"From which situation nothing would surprise me less or delight me more than to see in anywhere from eight to ten years hence some theater marquee reading "Twenty-First Century Television presents Daphne Fairbanks and Joel Dee McCrea in "Stand Up and Grin'"  . . . For if two-months-old-Daphne Fairbanks and five-going-on-six-year-old Joel McCrea stay true to what is happening in the film colony today . . . such a theater billing may very well be visible a few years from now . . . and very interesting too, for the movie business and us movie audiences if these progeny follow in the footsteps of their talented parents as examples of the delightful revolution that is now happening in Hollywood."

Jody McCrea

While it does not appear Daphne Fairbanks went into acting, most of you have probably seen a film with the aforementioned Joel Dee McCrea aka Jody McCrea (September 6, 1934 - April 4, 2009).  He appeared in westerns like his father Joel McCrea, but is probably best remembered as Deadhead in the beach party films with Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon.

Jody McCrea as Deadhead

Waterbury, Ruth, 'Close Ups and Long Shots", Photoplay, July 1940.

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