Louella Parsons founded The Hollywood Women’s Press Club in 1928. The club was originally a luncheon club for women magazine and newspaper journalists, but in 1941 admitted publicists and subsequently screen writers and others. The club admitted men from the late 1970s.
The Hollywood Women’s Press Club awarded The Golden Apple Award to entertainers for behavior, not performance. The award was presented from 1941 until 2001, when the Hollywood Women’s Press Club became inactive. The awards ceremony included Golden Apples to recognize actors for being easy to work with, as well as the Sour Apple Award for being rude or difficult. Winners of the former include Bob Hope (1941) and Mae West (1969). Frank Sinatra (1946, 1951 and 1974), Elvis Presley (1966), and Joan Rivers (1983) won the Sour Apple Award.
From 1941 to 1966, the Golden Apple winners were called “The Most Cooperative Actor/Actress”, while the Sour Apple winners were called “The Least Cooperative Actor/Actress”. Starting in 1967, Golden Apple was changed to “The Male/Female Star of the Year” and the Sour Apple winner was called “The Sour Apple Winner”. From 1974 on there were additional – though sporadic – presentations of Golden Apples for “New Star”, “New Discovery”, “Daytime Star” and “Hollywood Legend”.
The Louella Parsons Award was introduced in 1970. This “Lifetime Achievement” award was named for columnist Louella Parsons, founder of the Hollywood Women’s Press Club. Recipients include Danny Thomas (1970) and Kirk Douglas, and Aaron Spelling (1998). (Adapted from Wikipedia)
In 1961 Barbara Stanwyck won the award for the Most Cooperative Actress and in 1983 she shared the Female Star of the Year Award with Ann-Margret.
On October 26, 1954 the Women’s Press Club awards were held at Steve Crane’s Luau restaurant. The Luau, opened in 1953 on Rodeo Dr. in Beverly Hills. It was owned by Lana Turner’s husband, Steven Crane and it was a popular celebrity hangout throughout the 50’s, 60’s and 70s. They had big Tiki Gods, Polynesian Chairs, drinks on fire and a moat around the joint with a bridge leading to the entrance.
That year the Golden Apples went to Martin & Lewis and Debbie Reynolds. A Sour Apple went to Edmond Purdom. Among the celebrities attending were Robert Taylor, Barbara Stanwyck, George Nader and Robert Stack. Although Mr. Taylor and Ms. Stanwyck were divorced, they remained friends, or as Ms. Stanwyck put it, had become friends again.