Lucille suffered from ornithophobia, the fear of birds. She felt it came from seeing birds on the windowsill when she was told of her father’s death at the age of four.
All of Doris’ grandparents were German immigrants.
Jean’s mother is seen as the original ‘stage mother’, the modern phrase for a woman who vicariously lives out her own dreams of stardom through her child.
Paul’s father was Ashkenazi Jewish and the son of immigrants from Hungary and Poland. His mother was from an ethnic Slovak family in Hungary.
She used to call her daughter ‘the child’ and shaved years off her age for publicity purposes, causing her daughter much confusion as to what her actual age was.
His role models as a young actor were Douglas Fairbanks and John Barrymore.
Ava’s oldest brother Raymond was killed when a rifle shell exploded when he was only sixteen months old.
Frank’s eardrum was punctured at birth, causing some hearing problems. This worsened when he got older and suffered age-related intermittent hearing problems, something he was very sensitive about.
He was head male cheerleader at Princeton.
Katharine was a natural red head.