“Death comes soon enough so why kill yourself crying about it?” — Gilbert Roland
With Billie Dove.
“One story that spread like wildfire was that Joe [Schenk] had engaged thugs who had not only beaten up Gilbert Roland but castrated him as well. When the story reached Gilbert, he went down to the Hollywood Athletic Club on a day when the pool was filled with men – all of them naked, as was the Club’s custom. Gilbert came out, stood around a while, and dived in.” – Colleen Moore
Hollywood studio executive Joe Schenk had heard that Roland had hooked up with his wife Norma Talmadge, during their separation, and tried to ruin Gilbert’s film career in 1928 by having him blacklisted. He almost succeeded, too.
Quote source: Brian Kellow, author of The Bennetts: An Acting Family