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Gene Markey

Gene Markey

From Joan Bennett to Hedy Lamarr to Myrna Loy to Calumet Farm

Chapter:
(p.198) 11 Gene Markey
Source:
Hollywood at the Races
Author(s):
Alan Shuback
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813178295.003.0012

An unattractive man whospent much of his early career writing B-movie screenplays, Gene Markey possessed enough charm and wit to convince actresses Joan Bennett, Hedy Lamarr, and Myrna Loy to take a walk down the aisle with him while they were at the height of their careers. None of these marriages lasted more than a few years, however. Markey had raised his ante as a successful producer at 20th Century Fox by the time he married his fourth wife: Lucille Parker Wright, the widowed owner of America’s most powerful racing stable, Calumet Farm. The Markeys won three Kentucky Derbies with Iron Liege, Tim Tam, and Forward Pass before mismanagement drove Calumet into a downward spiral from which it never recovered, signaling the end of the Golden Age of horse racing in America.

Keywords:   Hollywood, horse racing, Calumet Farm

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