Female Stars

The Our Gang Kids

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"Even the big stars had to chase around and audition; it seemed like a rat race to me, with no security." - Billy Thomas (Buckwheat)

 “Even the big stars had to chase around and audition; it seemed like a rat race to me, with no security.” — Billy Thomas, who played Buckwheat. Here he is posing with a photo of Clark Gable.   Stage Fright (1923)   “I went on vaudeville tours that kept me working and traveling day and night. I […]

Female Stars

Diahann Carroll

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Diahann Carroll

“When I was a child, I was made to feel that black was not beautiful. I suppose I felt that by the time I was four years old. The old formula for success was how close you could come to the white singer and the white actor, for the big night  clubs and the important […]

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Jane Russell – photos and quotes

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Jane Russell

“Publicity can be terrible. But only if you don’t have any.” — Jane Russell   “They held up The Outlaw for five years. And Howard Hughes had me doing publicity for it every day, five days a week for five years.” — Jane Russell   “I don’t think the people who saw the picture were offended. It was […]

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Mamie Van Doren

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Mamie Van Doren

“I may bite my lower lip and I may wiggle my hips a bit, but I’m not a carbon copy of anyone. And as far as Monroe is concerned, I don’t think there’s any need to defend my reputation. She has nothing that I don’t have.” — Mamie Van Doren in 1953.   “I was […]

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Gypsy Rose Lee – photos and quotes

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Gypsy Rose Lee

“Strip teasers are not born, they are made by hard practice. Proper timing is what makes the act. You have to make each move on a carefully planned schedule. There are fast strippers and slow strippers. I belong to the slow stripping school. I think slow tempo suits my personality.” — Gypsy Rose Lee Source: […]

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Simone Simon – photos and quotes

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“What I’m trying to get at is that I was a creature of the publicity department. The press agents decided I was temperamental, before I came to America. They went overboard with stories about me and my tantrums.” — Simone Simon Source: Fred Othman (1941)   “It’s the language. I get so mixed up, sometimes, […]