It was the classic Hollywood dream come true. Two years after he began his career as an understudy in a short-lived TV series, Hollywood’s newest, shortest and wettest-nosed star was honored at a party with 500 guests in attendance. He only bit one of them.
The toothy cynosure was Won Ton Ton, a 3-year-old German Shepherd whose real name is Gus. He is the centerpiece in the forthcoming Won Ton Ton, The Dog Who Saved Hollywood, about a pooch who cracks up after winning the equivalent of an Academy award.
Decorating W.T.T.’s big evening were Alice Cooper and his girlfriend, Cheryl Goddard, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Rhonda Fleming, Joan Blondell, Rory Calhoun and Edgar Bergen. But the hit of the evening was 102-year-old Adolph Zukor, founder of Paramount studios, which sponsored the party. “If I would have known I was going to live for such a long time,” said Zukor, “I would have taken better care of myself.”
As for Won Ton Ton, he behaved pretty well. He slurped a four-foot cake shaped like a hydrant, socialized for 20 minutes (nipping actor Aldo Ray), and then trundled home in the company of his owner, Karl Miller. “As soon as he got in the car, he immediately dropped his head in his paws and went to sleep,” said Miller, “but next morning, he was raring to go. He misses work and all the attention. He’s just lying around the house now, waiting for his fan mail.”