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Posted by: Amyjo ( )
Date: July 15, 2017 03:55PM

Moroni Olsen, aptly named after Moroni by his Mormon parents the year of his birth, 1889 in Ogden, Utah.

He grew up to become a well known stage and film actor. Nominated for best supporting actor in 1949 for his role in "Command Decision." He is best remembered for the voice of the mirror in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" 1937, and later Clarence's supervising angel in "It's a Wonderful Life," among others.

He never married, but taught Bible Studies to the youth of his Beverly Hills ward where he attended.

That seems unusual for a lifelong Mormon male not to marry.

Interesting bio.

http://www.keepapitchinin.org/2009/07/26/moroni-olsen-class-act/

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Posted by: Amyjo ( )
Date: July 15, 2017 04:36PM

The thought occurred to me that Moroni Olsen may not have ever married because he was gay.

That may be how he reconciled his sexuality with his religion, choosing celibacy over living a lie or sinning according to his worldview.

Or maybe he just never met the right person.

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Posted by: Tevai ( )
Date: July 16, 2017 08:25AM

Amyjo Wrote:
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> The thought occurred to me that Moroni Olsen may
> not have ever married because he was gay.
>
> That may be how he reconciled his sexuality with
> his religion, choosing celibacy over living a lie
> or sinning according to his worldview.
>
> Or maybe he just never met the right person.

If he was gay, it would have been fairly easy for him to become part of the Hollywood closet...a "place" which existed (at least) by 1919 (and probably began in the late nineteenth century, with the birth of films).

(Before films existed commercially, vaudeville and legitimate theatre had their own, overlapping, closets...and many of the established stage people quickly transitioned---geographically, as well as in their careers---over to moving pictures).

But at least by 1919 (depending on the accuracy of the historical sources of Blood Moon Productions ;) ), the recently-formed "Hollywood closet" became a fairly widely-known "secret"---a "place" where performers and others connected with the then-emerging entertainment industry could truly be themselves (regardless of "who" they portrayed on the screen).



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 07/16/2017 12:11PM by Tevai.

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Posted by: Amyjo ( )
Date: July 16, 2017 07:23PM

Interesting. He was part of the early gilded days of Hollywood. That may be. There's nothing in his bio to indicate this, but then many actors back then couldn't be open about their sexuality no matter what their religious affiliation was.

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Posted by: [|] ( )
Date: July 15, 2017 06:48PM

He also played Willard Richards in Brigham Young.

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Posted by: donbagley ( )
Date: July 15, 2017 09:39PM

Interesting guy.

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Posted by: Historischer ( )
Date: July 16, 2017 01:43AM

moroni, giovanni battista

1523-1579

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Posted by: Dave the Atheist ( )
Date: July 16, 2017 06:30AM

I had two Moronis at my inner-city Salt Lake high school. I think they were both special-needs people.

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Posted by: memikeyounot ( )
Date: July 16, 2017 09:04PM

A few months ago, I watched "The Long, Long Trailer" with Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. It was made in 1953, to capitalize of "I Love Lucy" and Lucille Ball in general. I found it at the local library. I think I must have seen it years ago, but didn’t remember much about it.

Moroni Olsen has a credit in it as Mr Tewitt, who I think is a relative of hers when they go to visit after the wedding. He has about 2 lines and never appears again.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0047191/?ref_=ttfc_fc_tt

The movie itself gets 7.1 stars on IMDB but as much as I liked I Love Lucy, it is a pretty bad movie. Directed by Vincente Minnelli, the screenplay and script are a mess, and Lucy in general is so unlikable and silly. I’m not sure why they made her character so unpleasant an unlikable, just the opposite of how she played Lucy on TV. And most of the scenes with them pulling a HUGE trailer with a Mercury convertible are just unreal.

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