Only a month shy of his 100th birthday, Vincent Sherman, one of the last of the surviving Hollywood studio-era directors, passed away on Sunday. He worked with many of the greats, directing Bette Davis and Claude Rains in 1944’s "Mr. Skeffington," Clark Gable and Ava Gardner in 1952’s "Lone Star" and Joan Crawford in "Harriet Craig" (1950), "The Damned Don’t Cry" (1950) and "Goodbye, My Fancy" (1951). And just as impressively, as the obits all take due note, he also banged several of his legendary leading ladies. Robert Berkvist in the New York Times:
In his autobiography, "Studio Affairs: My Life as a Film Director," published in 1996, Mr. Sherman, then 90, wrote of having affairs with many of his leading women, including Davis, Crawford and [Rita] Hayworth. When the book was published, he was interviewed by his son, Eric, who also became a director and writer. Asked about those romantic flings, Mr. Sherman said, "I wanted to tell a little bit about these three ladies, who were fascinating and very exciting and wonderful women." It wasn’t just "a kiss-and-tell thing," he added.