1971-1973 #1. John Huston. Celeste Shane. Ireland. St. Clerans. Bill Gardner. Writer Jack Smith Sees Huston and Hefner at Trendy Backgammon Club. Move To Westwood. Update 10/7/2022

1972 Paige appears in the ’72 edition of “Gowland’s Guide to Glamour Photography.”

The photo appears to be taken from the same photo session as the one used in the 69/70 Ridgid Tool Co. calendar.

It’s her only appearance in any of the Gowland instructional books that I have seen, which is nearly all of them.

1971 (approx.)

It was around this time that Paige moved into a garage apartment in Westwood (below) after feeling “antsy.” This was told to me by her friend Henry. Paige felt isolated in Trancas Beach area off Broad Beach Rd. area of Malibu.

This is the home where she would end her life in 1974.

Paige’s carriage house where she would live for a few years and end her life in 1974. Taken in September of 2022. Construction workers were inside the apartment gutting the interior with its’ original “built-ins” of 1941.
This was taken from Zillow several years ago.

1972/73 cont...

According to the Daily Mail report, Paige complains to neighbor Melanie about her relationship with famed film director John Huston:

“She (Paige) said she had an affair with John Huston, and that he had done things to her, abused her.  I remember one incident in which John hid her shoes to make her think she had gone crazy. It was a small thing, but she was really bothered by it.”

“I know she dated Huston for a while and had just gotten back from a trip to Ireland with him.”

Daily Mail 2014

John Huston owned and lived in an Irish estate named St. Clerans, located in Galway, Ireland, from 1953 to 1973.  His daughter, the actress and director Anjelica Huston, spent many years there as a child, which she discusses in detail in her memoirs.

Because Melanie said Paige had “just returned from Ireland,” after a visit to Huston, Paige would necessarily have been one of Huston’s last guests; the St. Clerans estate was sold sometime in 1973.

This is the same time frame of John Huston’s marriage to Celeste Shane Green, 1972-1975. It was Huston’s 5th marriage and CiCi’s 2nd.

San Francisco Examiner Aug. 25, 1972. In a Society column by Albert Morch

Celeste, known as Cici, spent time living (visiting really) St. Clerans during her marriage to Huston.

Celeste was (and is) involved with horses and boarded at least one at Sepulveda Stables in the early 60s. I talked with a woman who was 12 years old during these years and knew both Paige and Celeste at Sepulveda Stables.

It’s another factor which places Celeste in the same world as Paige.

Cici visited Huston’s St. Clerans Ireland estate as a newlywed, it was August/September of 1972. She brought along her son Collin and his caregiver Maricella, who also acted as Cici’s “maid.” Wally Green also visited his son at the estate.

 Cici grew up in a wealthy Beverly Hills family with three brothers.  Her father owned a successful car leasing company and rented out his yacht to celebrities like Frank Sinatra. (See chapter: The Shanes of Beverly Hills)

Cici’s first husband is screenwriter Wally Green.  They have a son named Collin.

John Huston later said “Cici was as out of place at St. Clerans as anyone could possibly be.” 

Cici said “I wasn’t prepared for the eleven servants, the mistresses, Betty O’Kelly, Gladys.”

Celeste took an instant dislike to John Huston’s assistants, Betty O’Kelly and Gladys Hill.   Gladys co-wrote scripts with Huston.

Cici felt the women, and several employees of the large staff, were taking advantage of Huston by overcharging him and using his money for their own personal shopping. Huston was frequently absent due to directing films all over the globe plus he was not that interested in managing his money.

This created a lot of tension at St. Clerans.

 Cici wanted most of the staff fired but Huston refused.

About St. Clerans’ horse caretaker Cici said “I caught him with quadruple charges for horseshoeing. I know about horses. He couldn’t screw me around.”

Cici was especially outraged by the visit of her husband’s young mistress, Zoe Sallis, who of course brought along her out-of-wedlock son by John Huston: Danny Huston.  Cici resented the monthly allowance (and breakfast in bed) afforded to Zoe.

Horsemanship was one thing Celeste, Huston and Paige all had in common.

Celeste and Paige both boarded horses at Sepulveda Stables. Celeste messaged me that she is the one who told Paige about Sepulveda Stables.

I happen to have known that Paige boarded her a horse there since grade school when she was known as Diana Cotterell. She gave 2 school photos to the owners of the Stables which were published on a website about Sepulveda Stables. That would mean Cici knew Paige as Diana in grade school and I don’t see it. Diana lived closeby Sepulveda Stables and several of her classmates, like Joan Edwards, boarded a horse at that location. Cici was involved with high class elite level horse shows.

I have read several John Huston biographies.

John Huston and Paige were both painters in addition to being horse lovers, these factors may have played a role in their “connection”.

Huston was a womanizer and had several marriages, flings, short and long-term affairs with numerous women over the decades and apparently of all ages.

I read that he wasn’t one to indulge in “one-night-stands.”

Also, from what I’ve read, Huston had a meanstreak in his personality that he would sometimes unleash on the ones most likely to be hurt by it.

Example: the story Melanie tells of Huston hiding Paige’s shoes. “It really bothered her,” even though “it was a little thing.”

Huston could also display great generosity.

Information and quotes from Lawrence Grobel’s book: “The Hustons” published by Scribner’s.

I also found information from Huston biography Courage and Art by Jeffrey Meyers.

Check these books out for a more detailed look at one of our most legendary Hollywood figures.

Given what Melanie said in the Daily Mail and the sale of St. Clerans, Paige’s visit likely was in 72-73. If so, she may have witnessed or even been involved in the drama between Cici, Betty, Gladys, and Zoe Sallis. According to biographer Jeffrey Meyers, Huston enjoyed women fighting over him.

I had an email exchange with Celeste Shane Huston and she confirmed that she and Huston knew Paige and “were only trying to help her”. She denies that Huston and Paige had affair. She wrote that 2 prominent lawyers purchased Paige’s ticket to Ireland.

Guess who else

was a visitor to St. Clerans in the early 1970s? Bill Gardner. The same Bill Gardner from the Pasadena Art Museum chapter. He knew both John and Celeste Huston as did Paige.

1970 Pasadena Art Museum.

Bill Gardner, Paige Young’s date to the Warhol opening at the Pasadena Art Museum. This photo was From Gardner’s Instagram account. He has not posted since 2014. The hashtags he wrote are below.

The following paragraph is what Bill wrote about himself for online publicity including his author page on Amazon.

William Louis Gardner

William Louis Gardner started his career getting a diploma from the Pasadena Play House in the fifties. The US Air sent him to Pasadena, California to learn film and television production. During his education at the Playhouse he was sent to do on-the-job-training at ABC, CBS and NBC. He spent time on the on the sets of Colgate Comedy Hour studying, observing and watching the process of television variety type shows. Bill became acquainted with the Martin & Lewis show, Jimmy Durante Show, Danny Thomas Show, Lucille Ball, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland and Milton Berle Shows. After William left Hollywood he joined his squadron and wrote and produced films for the US Air Force. When he was discharged from the Air Force he returned to Hollywood and went to work for Mickey Rooney as his assistant and manager for ten years. After he joined Jonathan Winters as his manager. In 1965 William moved to Ireland and joined director, John Huston, as his assistant. He worked on John’s films in England and Morocco. John sent Bill to East Africa to do pre-production for a film Bill had written called “The Games End”. The film has yet to be made. William, left the industry in 1972 and came back to California and moved to Montecito and became a real estate broker. He formed a Real Estate office in Santa Barbara and retired thirty five years later to write a novel “Confession of a Hollywood Agent” and numerous screenplays. His novel “The End of the Game” struggles with Africanization, intrigue and murder to save the elephant. Present, Bill keeps on writing.

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Famous LA writer sees Huston and Hefner with others including an “unidentified sex object,” at a backgammon tournament, sometime in 1972. The observation by Smith happened around the time Cici and Huston were married.

Both Hefner and Huston were avid backgammon players. I have never seen a photo of the two men together or Huston at the Holmby Hills mansion.

Allegedly the cast and crew of Chinatown spent relaxation time at the mansion; that cast, of course, includes Huston and Roman Polanski.

This would have been the time that Paige had been hanging out with Hefner at the mansion “scene” such as it was, at least on an occasional if not regular basis. Paige was witnessed at the Playboy mansion near the end of her life as recounted by neighbor Melanie Myers, who herself was invited to the Mansion.

These were the very last years of Paige’s life.

More about John Huston ahead.

Paige appears in some Electrochemical Company photographs, credited to Peter Gowland, probably taken 72/73. NSFW

There is an association between Electrochemical Company and the Ridgid Tool Company, Gowland’s long time clients.

From a series of photos for Electrochemicals clients.

Paige was one model of a few featured in this series which looks like it was a gift for special clients. Ann Cushing and Brook Mills, two Gowland favorites, are the others. Plus one I don’t recognize.

The models all go uncredited including Paige, her “Playmate” status is not indicated.

From the same series. Gowland favorite Ann Cushing on the left.
Paige left, Ann right. Early 70s.