“Everything good comes to Hollywood, but nothing originates here. It’s a melting pot for talent developed in other parts of the world.” – Kay Francis
Source: Dorothy Woolridge (1934)
“I seldom wear low heels and never slouch when I’m standing. If I am tall I’m going to be tall. Personally, I consider myself lucky not to be taller than I am, since my father was 6 feet 4 inches, and I’m still a good bit shy of the mark.” — Kay Francis, who stood 5’7.”
Photo: Otto Dyar (1930)
“Unfortunately, under present conditions outside the films, a lady Indian on the warpath is never quite certain of bringing home a scalp.” — Kay Francis (on vamping)
Source: Jessie Henderson (1930)
Photo: Let’s Go Native (1930)
Movie still from Raffles (1930). With Ronald Colman.
“I’m not afraid. Of course, everybody knows that a good many players begin to go downhill in prestige after they have been before the public for five years. That has happened to a number of very good friends of mine, whom I won’t mention.” — Kay Francis
“I not only do not enjoy seeing myself on the screen, but I don’t even see myself any more when I look in the mirror at home. Even the pleasures of a woman’s vanity, the fun of ‘prinking’ are mine no longer. It has all become mechanical, impersonal, and boring. I look in the mirror, and I know there’s a face there. And it’s probably mine. I know that I must go through the motions of pulling it together, and I do, but I have no personal pleasure or interest in the process.” — Kay Francis
“I don’t want to be a bad woman in too many pictures in succession. Too much glamour, too much sin, repeated often, become monotonously dull. I’m speaking now about the screen, of course.” — Kay Francis
Famous lips of 1935: Bette Davis, Ann Dvorak, Winifred Shaw, Glenda Farrell, Dolores Del Rio, Verree Teasdale, Marion Davies, Jean Muir, Josephine Hutchinson, Olivia de Havilland, Anita Louise, Patricia Ellis, Ruby Keeler, Joan Blondell, Margaret Lindsey and Kay Francis.
“I cant’ wait to be forgotten.” — Kay Francis
“The public is not entitled to the details of my private life. I have as much right to keep my home and social life private as I had in the days before the name Kay Francis meant anything to anyone outside of my own particular circle of friends.” — Kay Francis
Source: Kay Francis by Lynn Kear and John Rossman.