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Lili Damita – Photos and Quotes

Lili Damita

“I pull a curtain, a black curtain on everything that happened more than 24 hours ago. I think it’s the only sensible way to live today.”Lili Damita

 

Lili Damita

Lili Damita – recently she painted the Lily with an ‘i.’ Her real name is Liliane Carre. She was born in Paris, July 10, 1906, at 11 o’clock in the morning.” — Sidney Skolsky  in 1932

 

Lili Damita Ferret 1922

“Whenever a man wants to buy her something she asks for a toy dog or doll. Her apartment is cluttered with them.” — Sidney Skolsky in 1932

Photo: Posing with Kiki, the ferret in 1922.

 

Lili Damita

“Is fond of dancing offtime. The best dancer she ever met is George Gershwin – because he dances offtime.” — Sidney Skolsky in 1932

 

 

Lili Damita (Bizarre Los Angeles)

“Men of nobility have been in love with her. Once Prince George of Englad was on a battleship near San Francisco and got off to visit her in Hollywood. County Ferdinand of Germany was disowned by his family because of his affection for her.” — Sidney Skolsky in 1932

Photo: Madame D’ Oro

 

Lili Damita with Feathers Short-Sleeve Unisex T-Shirt

 

"How do you think I speak? I can make it thicker if I like. When people think I should be Frenchier, I say zis and zat for dem. Anything you like - O.K." -- Lili Damita. Source: Malcolm H. Oettinger (1930) Bizarre Los Angeles.

“How do you think I speak? I can make it thicker if I like. When people think I should be Frenchier, I say zis and zat for dem. Anything you like – O.K.”Lili Damita

Source: Malcolm H. Oettinger (1930)

 

Lili Damita (Bizarre Los Angeles)

“She got the name of Damita from the King of Spain. He first called her that. In Spanish, Damita means ‘the little lady.’ “ – Sidney Skolsky in 1932

Photo: Kenneth Alexander

 

Lili Damita

“I never remember anything that happened further back than last night.”Lili Damita

Photographer: George Hoyningen-Huene

 

"...a goodtime Charlene who swung both ways." -- Kenneth Anger on Lili Damita. Bizarre Los Angeles.

“…a goodtime Charlene who swung both ways.” — Kenneth Anger

Photo: The Red Lantern (1925)

 

Lili Damita (Bizarre Los Angeles)

 

Lili Damita

“At ze casino in Deauville I go to play baccarat. I am wis a party – Marquis Falaise de la Coudray was zere and others – and a veree nice American man, Harold Henderson, he was zere, too. Mr. Henderson he knows me. He say to Peggy ‘How beautiful she is.’ No, not Peggy, me! Peggy she turn so mad she jump up and down and make the so big scandal. She say ‘Bah! You think she so pretty you stay look at her,’ and she walk out of ze Casino. Me? I shrug ze shoulder. What is it to me? Zis womans can make nossing for me!”Lili Damita, discussing her feud with actress Peggy Joyce Hopkins

Source: Irene Kuhn (1928)

 

Lili Damita (Bizarre Los Angeles)

“An here I am in zees Hollywood, a — w’at you say? — a lady bachelor. Whoopee!” — Lili Damita 

Source (and written accent): Helen Louise Walker (1929)

 

Photography Prints

 

VAMP Collection: Lili Damita – Goddess – Old Hollywood Glamour – 1920s Diva – Art Deco Coffee / Tea Mug

lili-damita-in-sons-o-guns-vintage-29

“Eat heartily and be beautiful. Dieting is the bunk. I hear nothing but talk about eighteen day diets wherever I go. But not for me. To live well and happily, one must eat well. Good eating does far more to make women beautiful than fasting.”Lili Damita in 1929.

Photo: 1929.

 

Lili Damita Ruth Harriet Louise

“She can speak French, German, English, Spanish and Portuguese.” — Sidney Skolsky in 1932

Photo: Ruth Harriet Louise

 

Lili Damita (Bizarre Los Angeles)

Photo: Ruth Harriet Louise

 

 

"I was engage to Prince Luis but eet iss definitely broken off. Royalty, they ees too self centered, and so am I. I do not teenk marriage would work out so good." - Lili Damita (Bizarre Los Angeles)

“I was engage to Prince Luis but eet iss definitely broken off. Royalty, they ees too self centered, and so am I. I do not teenk marriage would work out so good.”Lili Damita

Source: 1933

 

 

 

Lili Damita in pajamas

“She knew, however, that she was the greatest – bar none, no holds barred. I record it as a fact of any possibly interest to future historians.  I do not know where she learned the arts of amour, or whether she was born gifted, but I had the feeling that she performed as if she personally was convinced that she carried with her all the legend, glory and reputation of the French.”Errol Flynn

 

Lili Damita

“Her mother is now living in Paris. She writes to her weekly. Her father, killed in the late war, was an engineer. Her grandfather was with De Lesseps during the early construction of the Panama Canal.” — Sidney Skolsky in 1932

Photographer: George Hurrell

 

Lili Damita

“Changes her perfume daily. Insists that if she uses perfume repeatedly, she can’t smell it.” — Sidney Skolsky in 1932

Photographer: George Hurrell

 

Lili Damita by George Hurrell (Bizarre Los Angeles)

Photographer: George Hurrell

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