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Hedda Hopper in court

Hedda Hopper in court

Feb. 21, 1955: Hedda Hopper testifies in Superior Court as a witness in a case of a woman accused of forging Hopper’s name.

An article in the next morning’s Los Angeles Times explained:

Hedda Hopper, actress and Times columnist, yesterday appeared in one of the shortest roles of her career.

She played the real-life part of a witness in a forgery hearing for Miss Nancy Jane Cleveland, 22. … The woman was accused of attempting to cash a $500 check bearing the columnist’s purported signature.

Miss Hopper was on the witness stand in Municipal Judge Roger A. Pfaff’s court only long enough to deny that the signature on the check was hers, or that she had authorized it…

Miss Cleveland was held for Superior Court arraignment March 8. She is being held in lieu of $1,000 bail.

Following an acting career, Hopper turned to writing. Hedda Hopper’s Hollywood gossip column began in the Feb. 14, 1938, Los Angeles Times.

This photo was published in the Feb. 22, 1955, Los Angeles Times.

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  1. October 8, 2013, 7:49 am

    Okay Soctt and LAT- I'll bite. What was the outcome of State of CA v. Nancy Jane Cleveland and what was the sentence imposed? What eventually happened in the life of Miss Nancy Jane Cleveland?

    By: Steven Moshlak
  2. October 8, 2013, 8:11 pm

    There is no further information on Miss Nancy Jane Cleveland.

    By: Scott Harrison
  3. October 8, 2013, 8:04 am

    Was the woman found guilty? How did she get her hands on a
    personal check from Miss Hopper? This tidbit offers no reporting
    only celebrity gazing.


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