“There was something very special about walking onto the set and seeing Doris Day. It was just electrifying. Just looking at her.” - Phillip Brown
"But it didn’t matter how much Bow dismissed clothes, or makeup, or other girls. She had the one thing that a girl really needs to succeed: a stunning face.
The stars are ageless » Myrna Loy
"You wouldn´t believe it now, but I know what it means to be shy. I was scared as a mouse growing up. Although busy and doing many things, I had difficulty talking to people for years. I´ve worked to overcome it. There isn´t anybody I won´t take now - within the bounds of propriety, shall we say."
"She was my ideal. She was always the perfect lady. She walked well, she spoke well, she always knew how to carry herself. She always said the right thing at the right time. I looked at her as the epitome of what I wanted to be like when I became a full-grown lady. I found her one of the most gracious, most hospitable, most endearing women I will ever know in my life." Mary Seaton Henderson
SHE HAD A CHILD LIKE GENTLENESS THAT SURPRISED HER FRIENDS:
“It was a sweet side of that few people saw. If I was sick or tired, a warm, almost mothering side of Ruby [Barbara Stanwyck] came out. It wasn’t what Ruby showed most people.”
-MAE CLARKE A FRIEND OF STANWYCK’S DURING HER EARLY DAYS IN NEW YORK.
“‘I can’t get over what she did to you on the telephone’, I said. ‘She always seem so shy and helpless’.
'She really has got her claws into you, hasn't she?'
I had to smile. ‘She never had much choice.’
'She had a choice,' Dorothy said emphatically. Rita gets what she wants. I remember the first time I watched her work. It was on Gilda. During rehearsals, she spoke so low it was hard to hear her.’
'She always speaks softly.'
'Not on the first take. She was clear and letter-perfect. But then the director decided he wanted something different. Well, she was never that clear or letter-perfect again. So after ten more takes, the director told her to try it again the way she did it the first time. She did, and they printed it, and that was the way it was in the finished picture.’
It made me shake my head in admiration. ‘Hard to believe.’
'I know,' Dorothy said. 'I've stood in for her, and I've worked on sets with her. The voice may be soft, but there’s steel unerneath.’”
- James Hill, Rita Hayworth: A memoir
OLIVIA & IDA: THEIR FRIENDSHIP
In 1988 Ida’s health began to deteriorate and she was hospitalized. Worried that Ida could go at any minute, Anderson searched for someone from Ida’s past to come see Ida before she died. Ironically, the person she contacted was Olivia de Havilland, with whom Ida had a less-than-loving relationship when they shot Devotion. De Havilland was in Hollywood for the Academy Awards, which she was planning to attend with Robert Osborne that evening.
“Instead we went to the hospital and Olivia took charge,” Osborne recalled. “Ida had been drugged to keep her calm. She was given the last rites. Olivia noticed there was something wrong with Ida’s mouth because it had sores on it. Olivia called a dentist and had him come in. This all happened over a two-day time period. Ida’s system had been poisoned by her rotting mouth. Olivia made sure she got the medical attention she needed, and in a couple of month Ida was released. That was when their relationship started, and they remained friends ultil Ida died.”
-From “The Women of Warner Brothers:The Lives and Careers of 15 Leading Ladies”