1. William Holden était un acteur américain qui était l'un des plus gros box-office tirages des années 1950 à travers les années 1970.
2. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1953 for his role in Stalag 17, and a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor for his role in the 1973 television film The Blue Knight.
3. After graduating from South Pasadena High School, Holden attended Pasadena Junior College, where he became involved in local radio plays.
4. Contrary to legend and theatre publicity, he did not study at the Pasadena Playhouse, nor was he discovered in a play there.
5. A version of how he obtained his stage name “Holden” is based on a statement by George Ross of Billboard magazine: “William Holden, the lad just signed for the coveted lead in “Golden Boy”, used to be Bill Beadle.
6. Not long ago he was divorced from the actress, Gloria Holden, but carried the torch after the marital rift.
7. Winston was one of those who discovered the “Golden Boy” newcomer and who renamed him — in honor of his former spouse!
8. He was still an unknown actor at the time, while Stanwyck was already a film star.
9. She liked Holden and went out of her way to help him succeed, devoting her personal time to coaching and encouraging him, which made them into lifelong friends.
10. When she received her Honorary Oscar at the 1982 Academy Award ceremony, Holden had died in an accident just a few months prior.