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Betty Compson – photos and quotes

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Betty Compson (1897-1974) began as a low income stock player for comedy producer Al Christie in the mid-1910s. She eventually left Christie to work in cheaply made movie chapter serials. As a young ingénue, Compson was very pretty and ambitious. When not working, she networked by appearing at all of the right places in downtown Los Angeles. At a […]

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Merle Oberon – photos & quotes

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Merle Oberon

“I want everything. I suppose that’s asking too much but I’m determined to get them.” – Merle Oberon Source: Jeannette Meehan (1935)   “I’ve been lucky all the time for I never had to play crowd parts. Just hanging around a studio on chance must in the end prove dreadfully dispiriting, I should imagine. I […]

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Myrna Loy – Queen of Hollywood

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Myrna Loy

“My dancing school work was getting me exactly nowhere. The twenty-five a month was getting us into debt…. “I heard, then, that Fanchon and Marco were putting on one of their revues at the Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre. I applied for the job and got it. I was one of thirty girls doing the dance numbers. […]

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Claudette Colbert – Photos and Quotes

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Claudette Colbert Cleopatra

“Cleopatra was loads of fun. But the costumes, while they were very beautiful, were heavy and some of them difficult to move about in. I am rather glad to be mousey for a while.” – Claudette Colbert Source: Elizabeth Borton (1934) Photo: Cleopatra (1934)   “I have an ordinary face. I guess it lends itself […]

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Bette Davis – photos and quotes

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Bette Davis

“Hollywood adores bunk and hooey. It’s expected of us. After all, the secret of success lies in finding out what people want and then giving it to them.” – Bette Davis Source: Laura Ellsworth Fitch (1935) Photographer: Elmer Fryer   “Baby Jane”…a childhood photo.   Hell’s House (1932). With Pat O’Brien.   “In my view, […]

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Carole Lombard – Photos and Quotes

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Carole Lombard

“Actually, it’s pitiful that people take so little advantage of their chance for making themselves whatever they wish to be. There isn’t a man, woman or child who hasn’t the ability for being something really important, in one way or another. But being important doesn’t call for ice water running through your veins or for […]