Out of the Closet, Off the Screen: The Life of William Haines
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In 1930, William Haines was America's number one box office draw. He seemed to have what every actor wanted: fame, fortune and a film career with nowhere to go but up. But there was one thing Billy wanted even more: a handsome young man named Jimmie Shields. Jimmie was the love of Billy's life and Billy wasn't about to keep him hidden in the closet just for the sake of his movie career. When Louis B. Mayer ordered him to dump Jimmie, Haines outraged the studio boss by refusing. Soon, Billy was out of the movies for good, only to make a quick comeback with a second career as the top interior decorator to the stars. Billy and Jimmie went on to live openly together for nearly 50 years in a loving relationship that inspired Joan Crawford to call them "the happiest married couple in Hollywood."