“I guess I became an actress because I didn’t want to be myself.” — Jean Arthur “Modern life is so complex that I think we need all the intellectual tools at our command to understand it. I am particularly interested in the mental and spiritual phases of life. In this modern world, the two […]
“Players sometimes complain of the poor parts that are given to them. That’s nonsense. Players draw toward themselves exactly the parts that represent the kind of thing that they have become in pictures. Poor parts gravitate to poor players.” — Dorothy Arzner, maverick movie director, in 1931.
“I’m not impressed by anyone who is known as a ‘great person,’ in films or out of them. I might find a stocking salesman more interesting.” — Lilyan Tashman Source: Edward Churchill (1930) Photo: Eugene Robert Richee (1931) “I’d feel perfectly well dressed if I’d put on somebody else’s clothes in the dark in […]
“Do what you please. Have a good time. Don’t be burdened with conventions and public opinions and all the meaningless gestures that clutter up life.” — Evelyn Brent “I started to work when I was fourteen in the old World Studios in New York, I was put in stock doing all kinds of things […]
“Trying to be fascinating is an asinine position to be in.” — Katharine Hepburn Photo: Christopher Strong (1933) “I’m a personality as well as an actress. Show me an actress who isn’t a personality, and you’ll show me a woman who isn’t a star.” – Katharine Hepburn “I like doing things as well […]
“I learned my lesson about billing a good many years ago. That was with a picture called Night Nurse in 1931. When the picture opened at the Strand Theater in New York, the sign said ‘Barbara Stanwyck and Ben Lyon in Night Nurse.’ “Second day: ‘Barbara Stanwyck and Ben Lyon in Night Nurse‘ with Clark Gable.’ […]