The January 12 1948 edition of the Toronto Daily Star included a number of articles and photos related to skiing – which is not surprising, given that it was January and there was snow! I wrote up a couple of them in yesterday’s blog post; today’s entry is a photo of a Hollywood actress skiing in the Laurentians.
Joan Caulfield (1922-1991) was arguably at the peak of her career when this photograph was taken. She had a contract with Paramount, but was in demand enough to be loaned out to Warner Brothers and Universal in 1947 and 1948. She had fewer film roles after the early 1950s, but continued working on the stage, on television, and in touring theatre productions into the 1970s. She started her career as a model, appearing on the cover of the May 11 1942 edition of LIFE magazine.
One person who was not a huge fan of Ms. Caulfield was film writer Ephraim Katz. In his book, The Film Encyclopedia, he wrote: “[She] was among Paramount’s top stars, radiating delicate femininity and demure beauty but rarely much else”. Ouch.
Some people claim that Ms. Caulfield was the inspiration for Holden Caulfield, the name of the main character in several of author J. D. Salinger’s stories and books, including The Catcher In The Rye. There is no way to know whether this was true.