Previous Hollywood actor Joan Bennett’s life was certainly one of fateful coincidence, as explored within the first episode of Self-importance Honest’s podcast Love Is a Crime. It was the 1933 adaptation of Little Ladies—a movie meant for Joan’s older sister Constance—that landed Joan her large break and caught the attention of movie producer Walter Wanger. He would change into each her third husband and the person to ship her life right into a tailspin on a December night time in 1951.
And so begins Love Is a Crime, a 10-episode podcast sequence coproduced by V.F. and Cadence13. You Must Remember This podcast creator Karina Longworth and filmmaker Vanessa Hope, the granddaughter of Joan and Walter, dive into the circumstances surrounding one of Hollywood’s wildest scandals. The voice solid contains Zooey Deschanel as Joan, Jon Hamm as Walter, and Griffin Dunne as agent Jennings Lang, the person caught in the midst of this couple’s marital strife. They’re joined by Mara Wilson as Joan’s older movie-star sister, Constance, and Adam Mortimer as Joan’s troubled father, Richard.
On this week’s introductory episode, “Personal Worlds,” Longworth and Hope talk about the origins of Joan and Walter’s respective careers in Hollywood and their notorious relationship. All of those parts collide on the set of the 1935 movie Personal Worlds, a psychological well being drama produced by Walter and costarring Joan that has hanging parallels to their marriage’s dissolution. As Hope places it, Joan “was born to fall in love with Walter.”
A synopsis of the episode follows:
The youngest daughter of a famed appearing household, Joan Bennett solely turns into a film star out of monetary necessity, when she finds herself a divorced single mother on the age of 18. Coming into the enterprise on the daybreak of speaking footage, Joan would work steadily, however battle to emerge from the shadow of her glamorous older sister, Constance. All the things modifications when Joan falls in love with Walter Wanger, an impartial producer and champion of progressive politics who needs to vary Hollywood from inside—and who places Joan by way of a beauty transformation that can change her profession, and her life.
Hearken to the episode beneath, and you should definitely tune in subsequent Tuesday, August 24, for the continuation of Walter and Joan’s twist-filled marriage—and the headline-making scandal that adopted. Subscribe at listen.vanityfair.com/loveisacrime or wherever you get your podcasts.
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