In addition to faith in God, I have faith in the future. No matter how bad things look at the time we’re gong through them, we do get through the dark days, and somehow, with time, they don’t seem quite so bad.
- Barbara Stanwyck
"My father loved my mother madly and when she died, he went gypsy. I was raised by strangers, farmed out. There were no rules or regulations. Whoever would take me for five dollars a week, that’s where I was. So I really didn’t have any family."
She learned to live on the streets and to make the best of it. "We never played games, I never cared for games anyway. The only game I can remember playing is the game of fighting." She learned at a young age that her survival was based on self-preservation.
She was the leader of any gang she and her brother played with. Despite her quietness, the other children would turn to her when they were hurt or bullied. She never failed them.
"Women stare at me, count on their fingers, look at my wrinkles. If I wear a long dress, they say, ‘What’s she trying to hide?’ If I wear a short one, they say, ‘What’s she trying to prove?’ It’s one of those battles you can’t win."
"Living is like tearing through a museum. Not until later do you really start absorbing what you saw, thinking about it, looking it up in a book, and remembering - because you can’t take it all in at once."
Happy Birthday Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff aka Doris Day
April 3, 1924
"I like joy; I want to be joyous; I want to have fun on the set; I want to wear beautiful clothes and look pretty. I want to smile, and I want to make people laugh. And that’s all I want. I like it. I like being happy. I want to make others happy."
The stars are ageless » Cary Grant
"You know that I may never look at this without remembering the quiet patience of directors who were so kind to me, who were kind enough to put up with me more than once, some of them even three or four times. I trust they and all the other directors, writers and producers and my leading women have forgiven me for what I didn’t know. You know that I’ve never been a joiner or a member of any particular social set, but I’ve been privileged to be a part of Hollywood’s most glorious era."
1970 Honorary Oscar acceptance speech
The game of defining Robert Mitchum is widely played by many, including the man himself, but I have yet to find a sure winner at it. A director who knows Mitchum well told me, “This guy is one of the most fascinating characters we have in Hollywood, far more complex than Brando or Sinatra. He’s a strange, lonely man in almost constant conflict with himself. There’s Mitchum the primitive and Mitchum the sophisticate. I think he really wants the sophisticate to win out, but for some strange reason he feels comfortable only with the primitive and allows it to predominate.” The public knows mostly Mitchum the primitive. Once in 1953, for example, Mitchum, who has constant problems with telephones and often stops up their works with wads of chewing gum to prevent them from ringing, attempted to get a dial tone from the operator to make an outside call. When the dial tone was not forthcoming, Mitchum destroyed his dressing room. The Los Angeles Herald-Express reported: Robert definitely made a partial wreck out of the room. He said to have jerked two phones from the wall, to have broken a glass, on his neon-lighted dressing table and to have kicked a hole in a big ceramic pot holding plant.After that he proceeded to the set and is said to have told assembled fellow workers, “If they treat me like an animal, I’ll behave like an animal.”
—Bill Davidson "The Many Moods of Robert Mitchum" 1962