"My agent had told me that he was going to make me the Janet Gaynor of England—I was going to play all the sweet roles. Whereupon, at the tender age of thirteen, I set upon the path of playing nothing but hookers."
Happy 96th Birthday Rita Hayworth!!!
(October 17th, 1918 - May 14th, 1987)
"I’ve had my share of surprises, but never anything like this, because if you had told me I could meet anybody I desired—and I don’t mean just those living, but Babe Ruth or Bill Tilden or Bobby Jones, or even the Ball of Fire, who happened to be one sensational stripper—the lady presently gazing out at me would still have topped my list. In spite of the old towel she had wrapped around her head, in spite of old baggy work jeans, even in spite of having no makeup on and a dripping scrub brush in her hand, she had these wide-set eyes like no one I had ever seen, which was probably why she was the most glamorous actress in the entire motion-picture business. It wasn’t just that her eyes were so wide set, or the way they were flecked with changing colors, greens and golds, but there was a sadness there, like in a tale of the fairy princess, so that all you wanted to do was rescue her."
-James Hill, Rita’s fifth husband
"I am really rather like a beautiful Jersey cow, I have the same pathetic droop to the corners of my eyes."
Happy Birthday Linda Darnell (October 16th 1923 – April 10th 1965)“I adored her. I think everbody she worked with, everybody she knew, adored her”- AC Lyles
"There is a dreadful story that I hate actors. Imagine anyone hating James Stewart."
James Stewart and Alfred Hitchcock
Early into filming, they became lovers, and as Hyler and other remembered, “they were together most evenings after shooting.” At the same time, Audrey relocated from her first residence, an apartment hotel at 3435 Wilshire Boulevard (near Paramount Studios), to a two-room furnished rental at 10368 Wilshire (closer to Holden’s residence), where their rendezvous were conducted. In those days of the “morals clause” in Hollywood contracts - a paragraph that could destroy a career if public decency was offended by an actor’s private life - Audrey and Bill had to be extraordinarily discreet. In this case, the matter was compounded by the fact that he was married and a father. Of Mel, Audrey was uncertain; in any case, no promises had been exchanged, and he was away at work. Playful, romantic and attentive, Bill was, for the time being, irresistible.
(…) Holden’s life was ordinarily complaisant - until Audrey. In late October , he brought her home for dinner (a curiously repeated pattern in the marriage), and Brenda at once picked up the scent of a real threat. Later, she demanded that he end the liaison, but the lovers simply continued the affair at her apartment and sometimes, more injudiciously, in their studio dressing rooms. “Audrey embodied everything that he admired in a woman”, according to Holden’s biographer, Bob Thomas. “She was young - eleven years younger than himself. Audrey considered him the handsomest man she had ever known, and she was entranced by his manly charm and gentle humor”..
(…) She was completely won over when he promised to divorce Brenda and marry her. In a delirium of happiness that made their onscreen love scenes eminently credible, Audrey at once raised the issue of children: she wanted two, three, four and more - she would abandon her career to have a family. For a few weeks, until their last scenes together, Holden temporized, and then broke the news of his sterility. On the spot, Audrey ended the affair. “I really fell in love with Audrey Hepburn,” Holden said later, “but she wouldn’t marry me. So I set out around the world with the idea of screwing a woman in every country I visited.” Years later, Audrey’s reaction to his tale of international intrigue consisted of two words only: “Oh, Bill!”
"Interviewer: I am always in love with your smile- what is the secret of your smile?"
Ms. Fontaine: (Chuckles and responds) I don’t know what you mean but, I read a book once that said the girl tried to imitate Joan Fontaine’s crooked smile…”
-Joan Fontaine in a 1991 Interview
Walter’s complete indifference to worry bothered me a little when we first began working together. I remember how just before one very emotionally tense scene, Walter strolled me nonchalantly away from the set and related a hilarious tale about a bear in a barber shop. I couldn’t help laughing and the tension was broken. Although to be even momentarily distracted from important “drahmah” seemed to me then supreme lese majesty. Having then only recently arrived in America, those were my days of more dignified mien. A relationship Walter promptly exploded between the two of us by addressing me as “The Duchess,” as he still does, alternating occasionally with, “Hey, Red!”
Happy 110th Birthday Greer Garson | 29 september, 1904 - 6 april, 1996
Why did I become an actress? I think because I am fascinated by the variety and scope of human experience. I am not content to live just one existence. I have always had a strong imagination and in my roles I feel that I live other lives. And the hazards and disappointments of an acting career and the solemn dissuasions of all my friends and advisers were a challenge. It has not been easy, but I believe that the best kind of success is not won easily and that a few hard knocks on the way are good for the soul. When I look back on some of my bitterest disappointments I realize that, in the long run, they were really strokes of good fortune. Things eventually turned out far better than if I had achieved what seemed so desperately important at the moment. So I believe that as one door closes, another will open.
"She was honest. Honest. There was nothing phony about her. If she was having a breakdown, she made sure you had a breakdown, too, right along with her. If she was happy, there was no way you were not going to feel her happiness. The camera cannot lie. It can telegraph completely fabricated emotions, but it cannot lie when the honesty is already there. With Judy, you never saw a dishonest moment. Everything she did was so real that you don’t believe you’re watching an actress; you knew that you were seeing something that went beyond acting, greater than acting. It was reality. And she could take one song and give you a two-hour M-G-M movie between the first and last bars. And I’ve never seen anyone else do that. And then, of course, there was that incredible instrument; I’ve never heard a voice like that, either. In the world of popular music, she was what Joan Sutherland is to opera; she was what Joe DiMaggio was to baseball." — Rex Reed, John Fricke, “Judy Garland: A Portrait in Art & Anecdote.”