William Haines

William Haines (January 2, 1900 - December 26, 1973) was a US film actor who was one of the most successful film stars of the silent era.

Born in Staunton, Virginia, Haines left his home while in his teens and moved to New York City. After winning a talent contest he moved to Hollywood where he played bit parts for several years until MGM Studios began casting him in more prominent roles.

By 1925 he was MGM's most important male star, and his films were very profitable for the studio. He was cultivated as a romantic leading man, and his combination of good looks and flair for comedy won him many fans.

He appeared in successes such as Sally, Irene and Mary (1926 with newcomers Joan Crawford and Constance Bennett), West Point (1927 also with Crawford), and scored his biggest personal success with Show People (1928), opposite Marion Davies.

Haines lived openly as a homosexual man, and from 1926 lived with Jimmy Shields, whom he had met during the production of a film. Studio publicists were able to keep this information from the press, however studio head Louis B. Mayer pressured Haines to end his relationship with Shields and marry. He made a successful transition into talking pictures and maintained his star status until 1934 when Mayer finally delivered him an ultimatum, and forced him to choose between Shields and his career. Haines chose Shields and Mayer terminated his contract, quickly recasting Robert Montgomery in roles that had been planned for Haines.

Haines and Shields began a successful career as interior designers and antique dealers. Among their early clients were friends such as Joan Crawford and Carole Lombard, Marion Davies and William Randolph Hearst. Their lives were disrupted in 1936 when homophobic neighbours, dressed in sheets and wearing hoods to hide their faces, dragged the two men from their home and beat them. Crawford, along with other stars such as Claudette Colbert, Kay Francis and Charles Boyer urged the men to report this to the police. Marion Davies asked Hearst to use his influence to ensure the neighbours were prosecuted to the full extent of the law, but ultimately Haines and Shields chose not to report the incident. The couple finally settled into the Hollywood community in Malibu, and their business prospered until their retirement in the early 1970s.

Haines never returned to films. Gloria Swanson extended him a personal invitation to appear with her in the film Sunset Boulevard (1950) but he refused.

Haines and Shields remained together for the rest of their lives. Joan Crawford, a lifelong friend described them as "the happiest married couple in Hollywood". Haines died from lung cancer in Santa Monica, California. Shields committed suicide soon after. They were interred side by side in the Woodlawn Memorial Cemetery.

William Haines has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions to Motion Pictures, at 7012 Hollywood Boulevard.


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William Haines has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions to Motion Pictures, at 7012 Hollywood Boulevard. He is married to a Punjabi girl from Delhi, Gauri (now Gauri Khan). They were interred side by side in the Woodlawn Memorial Cemetery. Shahrukh also owns a production house called Dreamz Unlimited along with actress Juhi Chawla and film director Aziz Mirza. Shields committed suicide soon after. All of the five movies in which he co-starred with actress Kajol were box office hits - however Kajol announced her retirement from movies after Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham. Haines died from lung cancer in Santa Monica, California. His movies for Yash Chopra include Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham and Kal Ho Na Ho.

Joan Crawford, a lifelong friend described them as "the happiest married couple in Hollywood". His association with Karan Johar and Yash Chopra has resulted in one successful movie after the other. Haines and Shields remained together for the rest of their lives. He followed these roles with a string of successful love stories. Gloria Swanson extended him a personal invitation to appear with her in the film Sunset Boulevard (1950) but he refused. He shot to stardom in his two successive roles as a paranoid lover in Baazigar (1992) and Darr (1993). Haines never returned to films. He first entered the limelight with his role as 'Abhimanyu' in the tele-serial Fauji (Soldier).

The couple finally settled into the Hollywood community in Malibu, and their business prospered until their retirement in the early 1970s. Born into a Muslim family of Pathan orign in Delhi, Shahrukh Khan earned a Masters in Mass Communication from Jamia Milia Islamia, Delhi. Marion Davies asked Hearst to use his influence to ensure the neighbours were prosecuted to the full extent of the law, but ultimately Haines and Shields chose not to report the incident. He also has received many awards for his contribition to cinema, making him the recipient of 11 Filmfare awards, the most ever won by anyone acting in just one Indian language. Crawford, along with other stars such as Claudette Colbert, Kay Francis and Charles Boyer urged the men to report this to the police. He has also won three Filmfare Critics Awards (one for one of his better movies Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa 1993, one for the huge hit "Mohabattein" and one best villain award for an obsessive lover in Anjaam). Their lives were disrupted in 1936 when homophobic neighbours, dressed in sheets and wearing hoods to hide their faces, dragged the two men from their home and beat them. Most recently he won the award in 2002 for his strong portrayal of a drunk lover in the remake of the tragic movie Devdas.

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