When Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. first entered the motion picture business, he was signed by Paramount for $50 a week. However, the comparison to his famous father was a huge hurdle that dogged him.
“Before my first option, they asked me, would I sooner have my salary cut in half – or be fired? I said, ‘Of course, cut.’ They cut – then fired me.” – Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.
Source: Sheilah Graham (1938)
“I never tried to emulate my father. Anyone trying to do that would be a second-rate carbon copy. I was determined to be my own man, although having the Fairbanks name did make it easier to get into an office to see someone.” — Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
Photographer: George Hurrell
Marlene Dietrich and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. in 1937.