When actor/screenwriter/director Vincent Sherman died last weekend
, Hollywood lost one of its last personal connections to the classic studio era. After brief forays into law school, acting (for both stage and screen) and screenwriting, he made his move to directing with 1939's The Return of Doctor X
, a thriller starring Humphrey Bogart. During the illustrious career that followed, Sherman went on to direct (and have affairs with
-- though, don't worry, he didn't sleep with everyone
in the following list) some of Hollywood's biggest stars, from Joan Crawford (The Damned Don't Cry, Harriet Craig, Goodbye, My Fancy) to Bette Davis (Mr Skeffington, Old Acquaintance
); from Errol Flynn
(The Adventures of Don Juan) to Rita Hayworth (Affair in Trinidad).
Sherman was "greylisted" after Senator Joseph McCarthy's investigations into communism in Hollywood, and he spend some time working in Europe as a result. Later, during the 1960s and 1970s, the director did copious TV work on shows like 77 Sunset Strip, Matlock, The Waltons and Trapper John M.D.
Sherman died of natural causes; he was 99.