O perfect Love, all human thought transcending,
lowly we kneel in prayer before thy throne,
that theirs may be the love that knows no ending,
whom thou forevermore dost join in one.
Happy Birthday Norma Shearer | 10 August, 1902 - 12 June, 1983
Graciousness and fierceness. Warmth and ambition. Level-headedness and emotional turbulence. These juxtapositions were the essense of Shearer’s personality, and they’d always been at the heart of her appeal. What the talkies did was make explicit what had been quietly apparent in her silent days. Shearer had a fire inside that could not be concealed, that she did not want to conceal. From the beginning, she built for herself a complex screen image that placed her in an ideal position, when the time came, to be the actress who broke down the barriers.
Happy 97th Birthday Olivia Mary de Havilland | 1 July, 1916
In his autobiography, My First Hundred Years in Hollywood, Jack L. Warner recalled when he first saw Olivia in 1934: “I saw a girl with big, soft brown eyes, like those in a Keane portrait, and a fresh young beauty that would soon stir a lot of tired old muscles around the film town. She had a voice that was music to my ears. Like a cello, low and vibrant…” Warner would learn in time that the docile, quiet manner was the mere exterior of a young lady of inner strength and unbending determination. Later he described her as having “a brain like a computer concealed behind those fawnlike brown eyes.”