A good buddy and mine who also digs classic films and tales of old Hollywood once said, "William Holden owned the 1950s." I agree. Think about the Best Actress Oscar race for that year alone. Gloria Swanson was up for SUNSET BLVD. and so was Judy Holliday for BORN YESTERDAY. Holden was the leading man in both films. Both were nominees for Best Picture. Holden would take home a Best Actor Oscar for his performance in Billy Wilder's STALAG 17.
Also in the 1950s, he'd make a cameo appearance in one of the funniest I LOVE LUCY episodes. The Ricardos and the Mertzes were in Hollywood. Lucy Ricardo has a very close encounter with movie star William Holden at the famed celebrity-heavy Brown Derby restaurant. The Lucille Ball and Bill Holden association goes back to a 1949 comedy that always tickles me. It's called MISS GRANT TAKES RICHMOND.
The TCM salute to William Holden starts tonight at 8p ET with GOLDEN BOY co-starring Barbara Stanwyck followed by EXECUTIVE SUITE, also co-starring Barbara Stanwyck, at 10p ET. A couple of other Holden movie play after that. Then...THE FLEET'S IN at 3:30am ET followed by MISS GRANT TAKES RICHMOND at 5:15am ET. That's all tonight, April 2nd, on TCM. Enjoy.
From THE FLEET'S IN, here is "I Remember You" sung by George Michael.