“I was the king who could do no wrong. I would be a star forever. I was a law unto myself, I thought. I started going downhill fast, and whiskey played an important part. I used it to escape my troubles.” — Neil Hamilton (1899-1984) Source: Dickson Terry (1958)
“Whenever fans stop Jean on our wanderings, she has her own patented way of handling them. They say, ‘Are you Jean Peters?’ and she frowns and asks in a puzzled voice, ‘Who is Jean Peters?’ It always works. They go off looking bewildered and we go on about our business.” – Arlen Hurwitz, a friend of […]
“Some day I shall write a book about the joys of being second lead. You have no idea what fun it is to work with a star who doesn’t like to have anyone get so much as a look-in in her picture. I have decorated some of the best cutting room floors in the business. […]
“Hollywood men. They are so shallow. You know? Shallow in their conversation and in their lives. It always is the ‘big me.’ After a few dates, they wear thin.” – Gia Scala Source: James Meade (1959)
“I used to look at the stars’ pictures and see how beautiful they were. Never did I dream that some day it would be my picture I would be looking at. Like you say, I was a real fan.” – Raquel Torres (1908-1987) Raquel was born in Hermisillo, Mexico, to a Mexican mother and a German […]
“I am quite sure that there is a dreadful mistake in the Book of Genesis. I feel positive that Adam and Eve were not put out of God’s park for eating the apple of knowledge, but for deliberately munching the persimmon of ignorance.” – silent film star Ethel Clayton in 1915.
Dorothea Wieck (pronounced Vheek) was born in Switzerland, but became a star of the German stage and screen. Her best known film was the world classic, Maedchen in Uniform (1931), a lesbian-themed drama. After its eventual release in the United States, American critics praised her performance while commenting on how much she resembled Norma Shearer. The […]
“I think I’m a little bit crazy. Not much, you understand, but just a little nutty in the head. The day before yesterday, I was talking to a producer about a part. He said, ‘No, Miss Key, you won’t do. This girl is supposed to be an unsophisticated, spiritual type, and you are too sensuous!’ […]
“I happen to be one of those people who isn’t lazy. But one of the things I’ve found helps when you’re busy, busy, busy – never admit to yourself that you’re tired. If you keep moaning and groaning about how much you have to do, you’re worn down before you start.” – Constance Moore (1920-2005).
Leslie Brooks (real name Lorraine Gettmann), was a Nebraskan, who got her start as a pin-up model, eventually being signed by MGM and then Warner Bros. Both studios primarily employed her as a model, occasionally giving her extra roles, while promoting her as having the best legs in Hollywood. Once she signed with Columbia, however, […]