“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
“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 Sebastion [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)