UNDERRATED ACTRESSES: 1/? → JEAN ARTHURGladys Georgianna Greene (October 17, 1900 - June 19, 1991)Nominated for best actress in 1943 for The More the Merrier, Jean Arthur was one of the most overlooked actresses in the business. She changed her name to Jean Arthur, inspired by two great heroes, King Arthur and Jeanne d’Arc (Joan of Arc). Jean had a high pitch voice that was hidden for seven years after her film debut until her first talkie in 1929. Her voice almost kept her from being casted in bigger roles, but her acting was irresistible. She was so irresistible that she was one of the leading contenders for the role of Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With the Wind. She did a screen test in 1938 for the film, but was soon turned down and was followed by a test from Joan Bennett and then Vivien Leigh. This allowed Jean to accept another film offer starring Jimmy Stewart called Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Arthur was known as being reclusive because she suffered from stage fright, and she refused to do interviews… “Quite frankly, I’d rather have my throat slit.”. Often stated as The Actress Nobody Knew, Jean Arthur was not only a screwball legend, she was a brilliant actress with unmistakable talent. Her most famous roles are in Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), and You Can’t Take it With You (1938). Jean Arthur, in my opinion, deserved more recognition than what she received…“I guess I became an actress because I didn’t want to be myself.” - Jean Arthur
"All I wanted was just what everybody else wants, you know, to be loved."
Missy very quickly puts you at your ease. She makes you feel comfortable. It’s too much for her to put on an act, so she’s simply herself - real - and real means self-reliant. She’s more concerned with seeing to it that everybody else is happy than in worrying about her own happiness. I’ve seen her many a time bend over backwards to help someone else, and let herself sort of slide. She’ll read in the paper that somebody is going through something and she’ll try to help them without even letting them know she’s doing it. She’s a shy, sensitive person, and a lot of times she has to pick herself up by the bootstraps and make herself do things. And she makes her own decisions and works out her own problems.
- Harriet Coray (personal maid and friend)
When I’m doing a role, a good role, I’m being someone other than me. See, I’m a true Irishman, and I glide with the leprechauns. They say the Irish are brash, but there’s also a quietness. Sometimes I can sit a whole evening and say nothing - but I absorb everything. I happen to like being alone a lot. I’m called a little nuts. I call it concentration. So I have a shell I creep into. So? I marvel at people who have theories about acting. I just go and do the work. Frank Capra taught me that if you can think, you can make the audience know it. You can make them know what you are going to do. On the stage, it’s mannerisms. On the screen, your range is shown in your eyes.
- Barbara Stanwyck
Happy Birthday Robert Mitchum!! | August 6, 1917 - July 1, 1997"You know what the average Robert Mitchum fan is? He’s full of warts and dandruff and he’s probably got a hernia too, but he sees me up there on the screen and he thinks if that bum can make it, I can be president."
Happy Birthday Lucille Desiree Ball | August 6, 1911 - April 26, 1989
“She is one of the few individuals in history to be on a solely first name basis with the world: Marilyn, Elvis, Lucy. She was a national treasure. She remains a world icon, recognizable from Tallahassee to Timbuktu from Paduach to Peru. No other performer in any medium of either sex has inspired the devotion and generated the international love and appreciation that she has. Said one admirer: “Lucy…is a common denominator for nations, continents, and hemispheres, doing in entertainment what others have not accomplished in professional diplomacy.” - Women Pioneers in Television
"The sun never sets on Lucille Ball. All over this worried world tonight, nations of untold millions are watching reruns they also watched the first time around. Joy requires no translation. God wanted the world to laugh, and he invented you. Many were called, but you were chosen. All of the funny hats, the baggy pants, the mustaches and the wigs, and the pratfalls and and the blacked out teeth - they didn’t fool us one minute. We saw through all the disguises, and what we found inside is more than what we deserve." - Sammy Davis, Jr.
"She’s given the world so much darn enjoyment, Lucille Ball is the best loved star in show business." - Ed Sullivan
"One of the greatest gifts to mankind is laughter, and one of the greatest gifts to laughter is Lucille Ball. God has her now, but thanks to television, we’ll have her forever." - Bob Hope
"The only difference between me and my fellow actors is that I’ve spent more time in jail."
Happy birthday, Robert Mitchum.
“She was a regular girl whom everybody liked and respected. And she was never out of work. The thing was, she knew she was beautiful—and in the ‘40s she was hauntingly beautiful—but she wasn’t afraid to go against her beauty and do funny, crazy things that would draw attention.” [x]
Ida Lupino (February 4, 1918 - August 3, 1995)
“I love being called mother. For when I am working I regard my production company, motion picture or television, as a very special kind of family: the producer, the writers, actors and the crew-we talk and feel and work things out together. We do everything together. We are indeed one big family-the happier the better.”