Victory Gardener – Ray Milland raised Buff Orpingtons
Movie Stars – 1943
By Jessie Henderson
Fun on The Farm
Photoplay Magazine 1943
Ray Milland raises Buff Orpingtons in solitary confinement (the hens, not Milland.) He sells the eggs and fryers to Hedy Lamar ‘for cash’ and puts the cash in a piggy bank for the baby’s War Bonds. Comes so much as a yip from a hen in her solitary, sanitary sound-proofed nest unit, and Milland gallops out to collect the egg from “Alice” or “Rita” or “Bette” and has frequently been soundly pecked for his trouble.
Ray Milland (3 January 1907 – 10 March 1986) was a Welsh actor and director. His screen career ran from 1929 to 1985, and he is best remembered for his Academy Award–winning portrayal of an alcoholic writer in The Lost Weekend (1945), a sophisticated leading man opposite a corrupt John Wayne in Reap the Wild Wind (1942), the murder-plotting husband in Dial M for Murder (1954), and as Oliver Barrett III in Love Story (1970). Milland had a strikingly similar voice and speaking style to fellow actor, John Houseman.