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60 years ago today: a White House race amid Mideast troubles; the future mom of a ‘Silver Fox’ marries (again), and a strike threatens a big Louisville employer

By Jim Hopkins
Boulevard Publisher

The last Tuesday in August 1956 was quite like today: A presidential race geared up for the final, post-Labor Day push, amid boiling Mideast tensions and questions about one candidate’s health. Hot and humid, Louisville distracted itself with celebrity news: a very rich New York socialite with a blue-chip name had just married husband No. 3; years later, her son would become a famous TV news anchor dubbed the “Silver Fox.” And contract talks between a major local manufacturer and thousands of employees were the business story of the day. These were the headlines on The Courier-Journal’s front page that Aug. 28, 1956.

CJ front page August 28 1956
The Courier-Journal front page, Aug 28, 1956.

An editor’s playful headline, “Sweat-ery,” summed up what readers should expect that day: temperatures in the 90s, news to make them wince when many employers still didn’t have air conditioning. But the workplace differed in far worse ways.

Companies openly discriminated on the basis of gender and race. The help-wanted classifieds section for women included Curl’s Tavern on Brook Street, offering $30 a week ($265 in today’s dollars) for short-order cooks; applicants had to be white. Kleins Restaurant on Broadway needed a cook, too — but “colored,” adding: “apply at rear.”

White and colored clerks wanted
Help-wanted ads reflected 1956 segregated Louisville.

That summer’s presidential race was a rematch between the Republican incumbent Dwight D. Eisenhower, 65, and the long-shot Democratic nominee he’d beaten four years before: Adlai Stevenson, 56, and a former Illinois governor. Their dueling campaigns argued over whether the economy was adding jobs fast enough. But the greater concern was the crisis in Egypt, where new President Gamal Abdel Nasser had just nationalized the Suez Canal.

Eisenhower and Stevenson
Eisenhower and Stevenson.

Eisenhower, a retired five-star general, was heading back to Washington after a West Coast golfing vacation in Pebble Beach, Calif., with his wife Mamie; it was a pleasure trip, but also meant to project good health after a heart attack he’d suffered the year before.

The gossipy news? It was about Gloria Vanderbilt, born into one of the nation’s wealthiest families, and still known as the “poor little rich girl” because she’d been the subject of a high-profile custody battle between her mother and an aunt over a $4 million trust fund ($67 million in today’s dollars). She was 10 years old at the time.

Vanderbilt and Lumet
Just married: Vanderbilt and Lumet.

In a photograph on the CJ’s front page, the 32-year-old socialite posed for photographers with her new husband, the director Sidney Lumet; they’d wed the previous day. The marriage lasted 11 years until they divorced, and she married husband No. 4 — her last: Wyatt Emory Cooper. They would have two sons. The second, born when she was 43, was named Anderson Hays Cooper. (Her first son, Carter Vanderbilt Cooper, committed suicide at 23 by jumping from the ledge of the family’s 14th-floor apartment on Manhattan’s posh upper East Side, as Vanderbilt watched in horror, pleading for him to stop.)

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Lawrence made $46 million, but look who just bumped her further down the new list of 100 highest-paid celebrities

Jennifer LawrenceBoulevard reviews the latest media coverage of the Oscar-winning Louisville native in our exclusive Jennifer Lawrence Diary™. Today’s news, rated on a scale of 1-5 stars:

Two starsWe should all have such problems, right? Lawrence made an estimated $46 million in the year ended last month, ranking her no. 49 on Forbes’ just-published list of the world’s 100 highest-paid celebrities, dropping from no. 34 a year ago.

The top five, with their year-ago ranking:

Cristiano Ronaldo
Ronaldo

The story appears in Forbes’ July 26 issue, with “mobile mogul” Kim Kardashian on the cover; the reality TV star ranked no. 42, with $51 million, down from no. 33 a year ago. The issue also includes the previously reported list of America’s 25 richest families, a roster that includes the Browns of Louisville, Brown-Forman’s founding family. They ranked no. 20 with $12.3 billion, unchanged from a year ago.

Chris Pratt
Pratt

Despite dropping in Forbes’ ranking, Lawrence has rocketed to the top of the pay scale in Hollywood: She got a whopping $20 million for the upcoming “Passengers,” setting a new bar for future projects. The movie, with “Jurassic Park” star Chris Pratt and a scheduled Dec. 21 release, is about a spacecraft transporting thousands of people to a distant colony planet, when a malfunction in its sleep chambers causes two passengers to wake up 60 years early. (We can safely guess who plays those two passengers.)

Lawrence, 25, starred in three movies released during the year Forbes counted big paychecks: “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2“; “Joy,” and “X-Men: Apocalypse.” Plus, she got cast in one of the hottest properties of the year: “Bad Blood,” a biopic about disgraced Silicon Valley start-up executive Elizabeth Holmes.

Other films in the works include “It’s What I Do,” and an untitled Darren Aronofsky project, now filming.

A $5 billion list

Overall, Forbes said, the world’s 100 highest-paid celebrities pulled in $5.1 billion pretax during the magazine’s June 2015 to June 2016 scoring period. Figures are based on numbers from Nielsen, Pollstar, Box Office Mojo, Songkick and IMDB, as well as interviews with industry insiders and many of the stars themselves.

Stars are just like us! They eat KFC and Taco Bell, according to professional booty Kardashian

Realty TV star and newly cast MILF Kim Kardashian orders extra-crispy chicken wings with a biscuit at KFC, while “just lets loose and gets both a soft and hard beef taco” at Taco Bell, according to Australia’s News.

“Fast food is def one of my guilty pleasures,” Kardashian wrote on her website, pointing out she’s on the Atkins diet but still has cravings. “I go very rarely, but OMG I love it so much when I decide to indulge.”

And yet! Kardashian, 35, and all of 5’3″ tall, has lost 7 lbs. in the last two weeks, and she’s not stopping there, says E Online. She’s aiming to lose even more in order to get down to at least 120 lbs.

She was fit enough to appear in singer Fergie‘s new barely-safe-for-work “M.I.L.F 4” video, an appearance that sparked a controversy over her too-tiny-to-believe waist. “It’s called ‘styling,'” Kardashian harrumphed on Instagram, “not Photoshop.”

Related: Gorge on all the latest Kardashian news., and more of Us magazine’s stars are just like us.