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Fred Perry, the Original Safin

Posted by gauloises1 on May 13, 2009

Just a quick link (a couple of days late) to another article on Fred Perry, and this one is an eye-opener … All about Perry’s love affairs with the likes of Jean Harlow, and his Hollywood lifestyle.

It helped that Perry had matinee-idol looks. “He is 6ft tall, weighs around 12 stone; sculptors declare his physique perfect … women fall for him like ninepins,” Henderson quotes one star-struck commentator as having said at the height of Perry’s success. “When he goes to Hollywood, male film stars go and sulk in Nevada.”

Away from the tennis courts, women and the silver screen were Perry’s great loves. Once, while staying at a Boston hotel, Perry and an American tennis player tied bed sheets together to lower themselves down to the floor below to make a social call on two female players. “I shiver when I think of that climb,” Perry recalled.

Don’t you wish it was still like that?

He was offered a contract for two movies, turned professional, took US citizenship, taught Marlene Dietrich to play tennis, and delivered the occasional FU to the establishment:

When Perry turned professional, an official from the International Lawn Tennis Club of Great Britain wrote to inform him that he should never wear the club sweater again. “I made sure he wouldn’t have to worry about that,” Perry said. “I sent a sleeve to him as a present.”

Basically, he was awesome. I’m in love.

Thanks to lauren for the heads-up.

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  1. […] Fred Perry, the Original Safin When Perry turned professional, an official from the International Lawn Tennis Club of Great Britain wrote to inform him that he should never… […]

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