David Thomson hits a new low with the vile piece he wrote on Jennifer Jones.
His "tribute" to a great Hollywood actress consists mostly of complaining that she (quite wisely) refused to talk with him for the book Mr. Thomson was writing about her husband, David O. Selznick. Thomson then goes on to bring up the fact that she tried to kill herself several times, and says rather snidely, 'Well, she's dead now, at 90."
Rubbing salt into the wounds of the recently deceased actress, Thomson notes she was not at all close with her daughter Mary Jennifer, a statement that he implies may be one of the reasons why Mary "killed herself (in 1976) - it was a Mother's Day gift."
Thomson then goes on to reveal one of the burning questions he wanted to ask Jennifer Jones: "When (did) David first seduce her, and what (did) he promise her."
Just imagine somebody asking you that about your spouse! I'm sure Mr. Thomson would have quickly been shown to the door after that tactless question left his quivering lips.
To Mr. Thomson's twisted way of re-interpreting events, it apparently never even crossed his mind that Jennifer Jones actually may have truly loved David O. Selznick. I spoke with the noted film historian Ronald Haver about Selznick's relationship with Jennifer Jones when his fabulous book, David O. Zelnick's HOLLYWOOD came out in 1981. Ron Haver actually DID interview Jennifer Jones, and when I talked to him he told me Ms. Jones remained devoted to Selznick throughout whatever trials and tribulations they endured during their long marriage.
But that certainly doesn't stop someone like Mr. Thomson from reporting what he thinks is the truth, even if it is merely based on his wild hunches, with little in the way of research to back them up.
Come to think of it, isn't it interesting how Mr. Thomson has mostly done books on people who have already been rather well-researched before he has his go at them with his revisionist views? By the time he wrote his "fictional" biography of Orson Welles, there had already been dozens of books on Welles, most of which were far better than his own volume, which Jonathan Rosenbaum went so far as to call "disgraceful."
Likewise, Ron Haver produced a magnificent and well-researched book on David O. Selznick, before Mr. Thomson came along with his own Selznick biography.
Now, to give Mr. Thomson a taste of his own medicine, I'd like to speculate on why he may be so very angry with Jennifer Jones. By his own admission, she totally ignored his book on Selznick. Thomson says, "her lawyer warned me that she would be waiting for my book when it came out, ready to sue. She never did sue, and never said a word about the book. I doubt she read it..."
To a narcissistic writer like Mr. Thomson, that must have been a slight that hurt his ego far more than if she had sued him! At least then his book would have garnered some free publicity! As Thomson writes like a petulant child, "Ms. Jones (preferred) not to talk to the biographer of (the) husband who named her Jennifer Jones..." As if talking to him would have been some kind of splendid opportunity for her to set the record straight!
In fact, as we now know, Mr. Thomson lied to Nicole Kidman to trick her into a interview that she otherwise would never have granted. Jennifer Jones was smart enough to realize that Thomson merely wanted to drag up unpleasant memories from her past. Then, when his book on Selznick did appear, she couldn't have cared in the least about whatever fanciful fictions it may have contained.
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