Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions June 26, 2015 by Robert J. Avrech 12 Comments “You know what you can do with this.”—Myrna Loy to MGM when they sent her a letter reprimanding her for speaking out on behalf of German Jews. Her call against Jew-hatred resulted in a loss of revenue for the studio when Hitler banned Loy’s movies in Germany. “Why is it that the screen Chinese is nearly always the villain? And so crude a villain. Murderous, treacherous, a snake in the grass. We are not like that. How should we be, with a civilisation that is so many times older than that of the west?“—Anna May Wong, 1933 “I must have gone through $10 million during my career. Part of the loot went for gambling, part for horses, and part for women. The rest I spent foolishly.”—George Raft “In my era, we had individuality. We did as we pleased. We stayed up late. We dressed the way we wanted. I’d whiz down Sunset Boulevard in my open Kissel (flaming red, of course) with seven red chow dogs to match my hair. Today they’re sensible and end up with better health—but we had more fun.”—Clara Bow in 1951 interview “Men like me because I don’t wear a brassiere. Women like me because I don’t look like a girl who would steal a husband. At least not for long.”—Jean Harlow “I didn’t show up at the ceremony to collect any of my first three Oscars. Once I went fishing, another time there was a war on, and on another occasion, I remember, I was suddenly taken drunk.”—John Ford “I had become a new kind of sex symbol – the woman men wanted to go to bed with, but not until you married her. Sexy but pure. One thing I was careful about in those films was to avoid vulgarity, which I truly despise. I liked those scripts about the man-woman game as long as they were done with style and wit and imagination. In my vocabulary, vulgarity begins when imagination succumbs to the explicit.”—Doris Day Lee Remick in Anatomy of a Murder (1959, photo by Gjon Mili for LIFE)On her studio’s attempts to promote her as “America’s Answer to Brigitte Bardot”:“Anyone who’d want to build me up as a sex siren would have to be crazy. Why is it most actresses must be bizarre, vulgar or temperamental to make good copy? Everyone in Hollywood tells me I have to develop an interview personality if I want to keep the press happy. They want me to be something I’m not…I’m an actress and a woman and I hope, a lady. But I found being a lady is a hardship here. It’s not encouraged. What I should be is a glib person, quick on repartee, and full of colorful quotes I gleamed from the ‘Reader’s Digest’ just before the interview!’”‘All I need are one or two good quotes, either controversial or funny, and I’ve got a column,’ I said.“”’No,’ said Miss Remick firmly. ‘I can’t think of one!’ Then she brightened, ’I have it,’ she said, ‘you can compare me with Greta Garbo. I have big feet too.’—excerpted from Joe Hyman’s 1959 New York Herald Tribune profile, “Lee Remick Boasts Garbo Feet” “Actors and actresses who say they never go to see their own pictures are talking through their hats. You don’t have to be a Freud to know that the most fascinating person in the world , actors or anybody, is yourself.”—Paulette Goddard Costume designer Edith Head, when reporters asked for some juicy anecdotes about Grace Kelly:“Grace doesn’t allow anecdotes to happen to her.” “Every young actress thinks she’s a tragedian – the more tragic roles, the more you cry, the more you suffer, the better an actress you are. But, when I got a little older, a little more mature, I wanted to get out of my image of “the victimized kid.” I began to say, “Wait a minute. There’s a thing called comedy that takes an even rougher intelligence and more technique and knowledge of the craft.”—Sylvia Sidney “She was amoral. If she saw a stagehand with tight pants and a muscular build, she’d invite him into her dressing room.”—anonymous MGM executive“I find men terribly exciting, and any girl who says she doesn’t is an anemic old maid, a streetwalker, or a saint.”—Lana Turner “To be a star is to own the world and all the people in it. After a taste of stardom, everything else is poverty.”—Hedy Lamarr “I have a gift for enraging people, but if I ever bore you, it’ll be with a knife.”—Louise Brooks “I rather like my reputation, actually, that of a spoiled genius from the Welsh gutter, a drunk, a womanizer; it’s rather an attractive image.”—Richard Burton “When you’re thirty you’re old enough to know better, but still young enough to go ahead and do it.”—Brigitte Bardot “Of the Swedes who made it big in Hollywood, Garbo was the star of the silent movies era; my mother, Ingrid Bergman, was the star of the sound era. That’s how the press classified them.When Mother first came to Hollywood, she immediately and politely sent Garbo some flowers and a note – she thought they could share some Swedish evenings: meatballs, aquavit, candles and relaxed conversation in their native tongue. Garbo sent a telegram accepting the invitation, but not until three months later, just as Mother was about to leave town. Mother told the director George Cukor, who was a friend of Garbo’s, about it and Cukor laughed. ‘Of course. Greta wouldn’t have sent the telegram unless she was certain you were leaving!’—Isabella Rossellini Grace Kelly confesses: “I’ll tell you one of the reasons I’m ready to leave [the movie business]. When I first came to Hollywood five years ago, my makeup call was at eight in the morning. On this movie it has been put back to seven-thirty. Every day I see Joan Crawford, who’s been in makeup since five, and Loretta Young, who’s been there since four in the morning. I’ll be goddamned if I’m going to stay in a business where I have to get up earlier and earlier and it takes longer and longer for me to get in front of a camera.” How Lauren Bacall perfected “The Look”“I used to tremble from nerves so badly that the only way I could hold my head steady was to lower my chin practically to my chest and look up at Bogie. That was the beginning of The Look. It became my trademark.” “If you can make a girl laugh, you can make her do anything.”—Marilyn Monroe Livia and Lielle wish all our friends and relatives a lovely and inspirational Shabbat.