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went out to lunch. I thought that he was going to tell me
that his father works on the docks or something. Then I
discovered that his father ran Paramount Pictures and was
one of the highest salaried men in the entire motion picture
business! It was popular in those days for the kids to be
a little bit leftist. Now they just don't bathe anymore and
don't cut their hair, but then it was very popular to
embrace the united front. Bud was full of it, to his
father's despair, I discovered later.
Instead of talking about the dock strikes, I found
that we largely talked about all of the movie stars whom
Bud knew personally. We parted as firm friends. I said,
“You're going to write a book some day, and I want it when
you do it.” He said, “You'll get it.” He wrote a book; and
it was What Makes Sammy Run?, which proved to be the most
successful book about Hollywood ever written. Bud and I by
this time were very good friends.
What did he do after college?
He worked out in Hollywood for a while.
But then came a slight interruption in our friendship
because I fell madly in love with a girl named Sylvia Sidney.
Sylvia Sidney was Mr. Schulberg's “very good friend.”
Mr. Schulberg threatened to kill me, and Bud and I decided
that things were a little bit sticky, so for a brief period
Bud and I didn't see much of each other. But as soon as my
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