Friday, July 27, 2012

Dachshunds in Pop Culture: Orson Welles

Photo via Corbis

Who?  Surely you must know.  George Orson Welles (May 6, 1915 – October 10, 1985) was an American actor, director, writer and producer who worked extensively in theater, radio and film. He is best remembered for his innovative work in all three media, most notably Caesar (1937), a groundbreaking Broadway adaption of Julius Caesar and the debut of the Mercury Theatre; The War of the Worlds (1938), the most famous broadcast in the history of radio; and Citizen Kane (1941), which many critics and scholars name as the best film of all time.
So let's ask ourselves....was he also a Dachshund Lover?  Of course he was.  He is seen here with his third wife Italian actress Paola Mori, daughter Beatrice, and pretty little red longhair 'Columbina.'  The Corbis photo notes:

12/27/57-Hoboken, New Jersey: Actor Orson Welles is shown on deck of the American export liner SS Exchorda with his wife, daughter Beatrice, 2, and toy long hair dachshund, Columbina, before sailing today. The actor originally had passage booked on the Liberte and was to have sailed this morning, but plans had to be changed at the last moment when it was learned that Columbina could not be admitted into France.

There was also an AP story which appeared in several newspapers around the county at the time which had more detail about the trip:

And finally, in The Six Degrees of Dachsaration, it should be noted that Mr. Welles' second wife was Dachshund Lover Rita Hayworth.

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