During his time in Hollywood, Stephen Boyd would sometimes get himself into trouble due to his open honesty and frank opinions. One person, however, was always on his side and became his very powerful advocate and ally – Hedda Hopper. Hedda was a omnipresent Hollywood presence and a flamboyant personality. She wrote a famous Hollywood gossip column, and competed with her rival columnist Louella Parsons. If Hedda wanted to ruin you, she had the power to do so. If she loved you, she could make you. Hedda adored Stephen, and she recognized his talent from way back when Stephen appeared in The Man Who Never Was in 1956. Hedda featured ‘sexy Steve’ in many of her columns, and Stephen would frequently escort Hedda around town to social events. In other words, it was a mutual love affair. Stephen appeared on her 1960 TV special called “Hedda Hopper’s Hollywood” with the two original actors from the 1929 movie Ben-Hur – Ramon Navarro and Francis X. Bushman. Also, Hedda had a great cameo in The Oscar with Stephen, which was filmed in 1965 – shortly before her death in early 1966.
Hedda’s humorous account of Stephen’s marriage in 1958
Hedda Hooper visits the set of Lisa (The Inspector) in 1961 and steals all of Stephen’s attention away from Dolores Hart.
Sample of one of Hedda’s many gossip columns featuring Stephen Boyd.
The Oscar (1966) Directed by Russell Rouse Shown from left: Stephen Boyd, Hedda Hopper, Jean Hale