Air Date: Feb 23, 2014
Steve Hayes, writer, actor, producer. Steve first came to Hollywood in 1949, stayed a brief time, then went back to Canada and returned in 1950 to stay. Errol Flynn had promised to sponsor him but didn’t (typically) so it took him a little while to find one. He then began acting and got my first part at 20th century Fox (where he was later was put under contract) in the movie: Bells on Their Toes.
Steve will talk about about Ava Gardner and his relationship with her, whom he met at Errol Flynn’s house with her ex-husband, Mcikey Rooney. He is pretty sure that was the first time he met her–though he did know Lana Turner, whom he knew well, also introduced me to Ava–but he says, that was when Ava said we’d already met at Flynn’s. He will talk about various other movie stars who were in some way attached to her or that he met through her, etc. Lana Turner, Sinatra, Robert Taylor, names like that.
Steve has often told me he never quite gotten fully over Ava, which is understandable. Sinatra never did either. But she was hard to love. She swore like few women he ever known–especially in an era when normal girls barely said shit. Steve not only knew Lana Turner but worked on a film called Diana or Dian (I’l look it up) that co-starred a young Roger Moore. He met Rita Hayworth when I painted her house with my pal and house-painter, Dick Morris. Later, he saw her again and they briefly talked Hollywood, including about her being neighbors of Glenn Ford
At Errol Flynn’s he became friends with Ann Sheridan, the Ooomph Girl, who was one of Flynn’s buddies and romantic interests years prior. Steve actually punched out actor Bruce Cabot at a party at Flynn’s. Ida Lupino was a close pal of Errol’s–I think they cared for one another–and years later, she became a director (Thriller or Chiller) of a weekly TV show. Bob Middleton, Steve;s mentor, starred in one show and Steve went to several days of shooting and talked at great lengths with Ida.
Steve’s birth name was Ivan Hayes, which he soon changed to Steve Hayes because Ivan is Russian for John Fox insisted he change his name to something more American. he stole the name of Steve from his buddy, Mr. America Steve Reeves, who starred in European films like Hercules.