Photos from our Family Collection
Many of these photos are from our family collection and published in our brother, Ronald J. Fields' first book, W.C. Fields By Himself: His Intended Autobiography, a wonderful compilation of our grandfather’s letters, works, writings, thoughts, as Ron describes a “portrait of W.C. as he perceived himself, as he actually lived—a true story.” Many of these photos are now in our W.C. Fields Collection at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Margaret Herrick Library.
Mack Sennett, center, recipient, Special Award, with presenter W.C. Fields on the left and Academy President Frank Capra on the right at the 1937 (10th) Academy Awards ceremony. B&W photographic print. ©AMPAS Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences www.oscars.org
W.C. Fields, Wiley Post, Will Rogers shortly before Post and Rogers fatal plane crash in 1935. Our grandfather and Will Rogers first met as young men in vaudeville in South Africa. Later they performed on Broadway together, and then migrated to Hollywood in the movies. Our grandfather was devastated by his friend's death. (We grew up with this photo in our home.)