Bogart, Humphrey: Actor–Generous (Jean Tierney, Joan Bennett)

Humphrey Bogart was not only the ultimate professional–he also could be generous with actors, particularly those who were blacklisted, down on their luck or having personal problems.

During the filming of Edward Dmytryk’s The Left Hand of God (1955), he noticed that his co-star Gene Tierney having a hard time remembering her lines and behaving oddly; he coached her, feeding Tierney her lines. Familiar with mental illness because of his sister’s bouts of depression, Bogart encouraged Tierney to seek treatment.

He also stood behind Joan Bennett and insisted on casting her as his co-star in Michael Curtiz’s We’re No Angels (1955), when a scandal made her persona non grata with studio head Jack Warner.