The Down Side to Being a Superstar

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Hysterical Women Mob Film Stars At Premiere At London Theatre

LONDON, March 27, 1947.-Film stars Robert Taylor, Barbara Stanwyck and Paulette Goddard were mobbed by 5000 hysterical women in Leicester Square last night. Seven policemen carried Robert Taylor through a crowd into the foyer of the Empire Theatre as soon as he arrived with his wife, Barbara Stanwyck, for the premiere of “The Other Love” in which Miss Stanwyck and David Niven are starred.

Waiting women swooped on Taylor and, after police had rescued him, they called for reinforcements. They fought their way back to the car, lifted Barbara Stanwyck, and tried to carry her along a narrowing lane kept open by the picture people.

This operation took 20 minutes. Then the crowd swept aside the cordon and swooped after Barbara Stanwyck on a stairway at the back of the foyer. Miss Stanwyck swayed on the staircase and Robert Taylor and policemen helped her up stairs while others kept back the hysterical women who were following her.

Finally Taylor and his wife got to the top of the stairway, where flood lights blazed and camera men waited. There Miss Stanwyck sat against a wall in a plush chair with Taylor kneeling at her feet chafing her hands.

Later she said: “I am not hurt. I was so overwhelmed that I was terrified for a few minutes.”

Paulette Goddard and her husband Burgess Meredith arrived late and sneaked in unseen by the crowd. –They were mobbed as they left. Paulette Goddard was carried shoulder high through the crowd by police who elbowed the excited women out of the way to   make a passage.

Robert Taylor, Barbara Stanwyck and David Niven in 1947 promoting “The Other Love.”

About giraffe44

I became a Robert Taylor fan at the age of 15 when his TV show, "The Detectives" premiered. My mother wanted to watch it because she remembered Mr. Taylor from the thirties. I took one look and that was it. I spent the rest of my high school career watching Robert Taylor movies on late night TV, buying photos of him, making scrapbooks and being a typical teenager. College, marriage and career intervened. I remember being sad when Mr. Taylor died. I mailed two huge scrapbooks to Ursula Thiess. I hope she got them. Time passed, retirement, moving to Florida. Then in 2012 my husband Fred pointed that there were two Robert Taylor movies that evening on Turner Classic Movies--"Ivanhoe" and "Quentin Durward." I watched both and it happened all over again. I started this blog both for fans and for people who didn't know about Robert Taylor. As the blog passes 200,000 views I'm delighted that so many people have come by and hope it will help preserve the legacy of this fine actor and equally good man.
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