In this series we look at various heroes and advocates of the LGBTQIA family.
In this article we focus on a man who identifies as gay male.
Even though most people who worked in the industry was aware of their relationship, the public was not. Haines was arrested in 1933 after a ‘situation’ with a sailor in a YMCA.
Haines was sacked by his studio MGM, after a big fight with studio legend Louis.B.Mayer. He insisted on him finding a ‘wife’ and when he refused his contract was terminated.
He never worked as an actor again.
He stayed in Los Angeles and became an interior decorator to the stars. Haines had a lot of Hollywood friends from his early days that helped him cement a career as a interior designer to the stars.
His clients included Orry-Kerry, Carry Grant, Joan Crawford and Marion Davies. Haines and Shields remained together for over 50 years. Joan Crawford described them as ‘the happiest married couple in Hollywood.’