Cecil B. DeMille Award
March 5, 1962 was a prescient Globes night for the HFPA. Not only did the org pick a future DeMille winner as one of its “Most Promising Newcomers,” it managed to tap some other promising young thesps who were on the way up, too. Here’s a look back at that event and some of the youthful performers who were on hand.
Coming off a breakout performance alongside Natalie Wood in Elia Kazan’s “Splendor in the Grass,” the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. in 1962 honored a then 24-year-old Warren Beatty with its “Most Promising Newcomer” award, along with the thesp nom he received that year.
It was a prescient pick.
Forty-five years later — having since become one of the more decorated Globe recipients, winning trophies for acting (“Heaven Can Wait”), directing (“Reds”) and producing (both “Bugsy” and “Heaven Can Wait” won picture awards) — Beatty this year is being feted with the HFPA’s Cecil B. DeMille Award.
But arriving at the Beverly Hills Hotel March 5, 1962, alongside “Grass” co-star Natalie Wood, who also received a Globe nom that year, Beatty wasn’t the only young thesp predicted to have a prolific future, just the most enduring.
That night, he shared the “newcomer” kudos — a Globe honor discontinued in 1975 — with Richard Beymer, Bobby Darin, Ann-Margret, Jane Fonda and Christine Kaufman.
Away from the fresh faces, it was also a big night for thesps on their way to legendary careers, with George C. Scott, Paul Newman, Audrey Hepburn and Beatty’s big sis, Shirley MacLaine, all nominated for Globes.
The 24-year-old Avoca, Iowa, native’s star was actually peaking. He was fresh off a breakout perf as Tony in “West Side Story,” which won three Globes that night. He had also just received a part in acclaimed war pic “The Longest Day.”
At 25, the Bronx-reared crooner had recently finished his first credited acting gig, in Robert Mulligan’s “Come September.” Two years later, he would receive Oscar and Globe noms for a supporting role in “Captain Newman, M.D.”
The 20-year-old Swede hit it big her first time out, landing the role of Bette Davis’ daughter in Frank Capra’s “Pocketful of Miracles,” winner of the comedy/musical Globe that evening. Her career produced four acting Globes.
Henry Fonda’s 24-year-old Lee Strasberg-trained daughter had two years earlier debuted to acclaim alongside Anthony Perkins in Joshua Logan’s “Tall Story.” Her subsequent career garnered three acting Globes.
Having just broken out in “Town Without Pity,” the nervous 17-year-old Austrian had this reply when a Globes presenter asked her if she had anything else to say: “I’ve said thank you.” She then walked off the stage.