“Tell them all they are wonderful. You never see them again.” – Renée Adorée, on how she manages her male fans.
“I am myself. That is all one can be. I am a gypsy dancing through the woods, or I am a coquette, or I am a Red Cross nurse. That is all. How can one say how one does this thing?…What shall I do? What can I say? I will not say the same ol’ stuff. I hate that. Why should any one wish to see me? I am there on the screen to be seen. Is that not better? It is ver’ silly, isn’t it?” — Renée Adorée, showing her dislike for interviews.
Source (and accent): Malcolm H. Oettinger
Photographer: Ruth Harriet Louise
The Flaming Forrest (1926). With Antonio Moreno. Directed by Reginald Barker.
“Isn’t that a scream? Just like the director that used to tell Renée Adorée [left] to speak more Frenchy. ‘My heavens, man,’ Renee told him one day, ‘I was born and raised in France. I am French.’ “ — actress Dorothy Sebastian [pictured right] commenting on movie making at the end of the silent era.
Both of them co-starred in On Ze Boulevard (1927), directed by Harry F. Millarde, which was released as a silent…so if the quote was in reference to that film, it would be bizarre unless M-G-M was considering adding spoken dialogue.
While much has been written about the on and off-screen romance between John Gilbert and Greta Garbo, the onscreen chemistry between Gilbert and Renée Adorée was also a popular combination at the box office after appearing together in The Big Parade in 1925.
“Give me no wishy-washy anemic heroine. Give me the hot, passionate kiss of an Adorée.” – John Gilbert once said of his co-star.
Later, a reporter asked Adorée, “Which of all your screen lovers–?”
“–Jack Gilbert,” she replied, cutting the interview (and interviewer) short.
The pictured comes from the 1928 film, The Cossacks.
Photo: Ruth Harriet Louise
“What can one say? One tells the same story over and over.” — Renée Adorée
“My home has been the world and it hasn’t pampered me very much. I know that you get what you give, and that the measure of that gift is its graciousness.” — Renée Adorée
“Everything I have ever done I have had to do – sink or swim – it seems to me.” — Renée Adorée
Source: Alice L. Tildesley (1928)
Photo: Ruth Harriet Louise (1929)
Three photos of Adorée taken by Ruth Harriet Louise.