Her first film was essentially her last.
This actress had been a hit in theatre when she met this A+ list director.
One of the all-time greatest directors.
They hooked up while he was married and eventually he left his wife for the actress.
She moved out to Hollywood to live with him.
She wanted to be in a movie and he cast her as the lead in what would become a multiple Oscar winner.
The thing is though, on the first day of filming he met an extra who would later become his wife.
They would remain married to each other for the rest of their lives.
Anyway, here he was, hooking up with this extra on the set of a movie where his newly installed live in girlfriend was also working. It was like one of his comedies.
To make things easier, the director reduced the part of the live in girlfriend to a third lead so she would spend much less time on set.
Meanwhile, the romance with the extra saw the director having her move into a hotel suite he also used for himself when he didn’t want to go home.
Soon, the extra demanded that the live in girlfriend be moved out and the extra further demanded that the director have nothing to do with the actress again.
As in making sure he never even ran into her at any studio or on any production.
The director did this and gave the live in girlfriend enough money to live on for a year and told her he would make sure she could not work in Hollywood any longer so she should go back home or leave the country.
She left the country and barely worked ever again.
The Lost Weekend
Director: Billy Wilder
Live-in girlfriend: Doris Dowling
Wife: Audrey Young