Buster Keaton Simpsonized!
Hello! Sorry to bother you but I wanted to information.
Buster( after her divorce from Mae and before her marriage to Eleanor)has always lived with his family in his own home?
After 1940, he and Eleanor lived alone ,a few year ,before moving into the home of Myra? Excuse the absurd question but I’m writing a fanfiction and I want to be precise if is possible.
Thanks for your attention and good day !
My apologize for getting back to you so late. So many things have been going on and I haven’t been on tumblr. For the most part Buster has always lived with his family or took care of them in some capacity. He made sure his brother and sister attended school and always cared for his mother. Buster actually bought the house on 1043 S Victoria Avenue Los Angeles, CA for his mother. However, he actually lived at 3151 Queensbury Drive in Cheviot Hills, CA in a Spanish style cottage when we was married to Mae. I think that he may have lost this property during the divorce with Mae or may have sold it later.
Soon after he was back with his mother on Victoria Ave and lived there with his mother, his sister, his brother, his sister in law, his nephew and his wife Eleanor. From what I was told by Harry Jr, the house had four bedrooms and two bathrooms so it was a nice size house. Buster and Eleanor lived at the house on Victoria Ave until 1956 when he got the money from the Buster Keaton Story and bought his “ranch” in Woodland Hills, CA. I hoped that answered your question and will help your fanfic.
Buster Keaton in Nothing But Pleasure (c1940)
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Sorry I took so long to respond. I some how missed this message. The Damfinos have a great list of books and reviews on each Buster Keaton biography. http://www.busterkeaton.com/bookshelf.htm
Personally, I liked Keaton by Rudi Blesh and Buster Keaton Remembered by Elenore Keaton and Jeffrey Vance. I heard Little Iron Man was a great one but it’s really hard to find and when you do find it, it’s extremely expensive.
Unfortunately, there still isn’t a thorough and accurate biography on Buster yet.
No, it’s not just you. Buster looks like he’d rather have a root canal in some of the wedding pictures. He did consider the “dead pan” expression to be part of his public persona so perhaps he maintained the lifeless expression for the camera knowing it would be in all the papers. But to be fair, Buster was still healing after breaking his ankle on the set of “The Electric House” and was probably in a lot of pain. Buster supposedly sported a gold capped cane from Tiffany & Co so that he can walk around in style. If you look closely at this photo, you can see his left ankle looks bigger than the other. It seems as though he has a bandage or the ankle is swollen. This photo was taken a week or so after Buster and Natalie got married.
I don’t know if he was a womanizer per se. To be honest, I think people have played up his status as a womanizer. But I’m sure he wasn’t that much different than any other successful young actor in Hollywood. He was shy so he wasn’t the type to go up to a woman and just ask her out. In fact, all of his wives proposed to him. He did date Viola Dana for awhile before he married Natalie and they were considered the “it” couple.
I do know he liked to go out and party with Al St. John and Roscoe Arbuckle. He was young, had money in his pocket and met plenty of people. And women recognized Buster from Roscoe’s films, so it’s only safe to assume that some women threw themselves at him and he just accepted some of the offers. Not too different from what some people do today with celebrities or people with money.
Buster enjoying the beach in Spain with Gilbert Roland, Natalie and Norma.