Rest in Peace Joan Fontaine | 22 October, 1917 - 15 December, 2013

Every actor is supposed to have one book inside him; every woman has a thousand disappointments, joys, sorrows, heartaches she carries around within her secret self. Being both an actor and a woman, I cannot feel that my life has been a bed of roses. It has had many vicissitudes, many frustrations, many rewards.

One gag Don Ameche played on Colbert kept Leisen laughing. He sent a very old extra over to her dressing room. When she opened the door, Ameche had him say, “Miss Colbert, I’ve adored you ever since I was a little boy.” “Claudette chased Ameche all over the lot.” Leisen laughed.


Someone suggested that because I have lived through some terrible experiences, I must have “overcome fear.” I haven’t. But I can say confidently that I have overcome my fear of fear… which is an entirely different matter. The nearest that I have to conquering fear is to learn not to give in to it, to know that it can’t overcome me. Intelligent people know fear, know it for what it is. Only a stupid person would boast of never feeling it. Fear is a great energizer if you learn how to direct it. But you have to learn to force yourself to try to be courageous. Then your very fright will stimulate you to greater perception, strength, energy.
- Barbara Stanwyck

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.

“I can’t afford to hate anyone, I don’t have that kind of time.”

Akira Kurosawa (via theminimalgirl)

“I don’t like the idea of “understanding” a film. I don’t believe that rational understanding is an essential element in the reception of any work of art. Either a film has something to say to you or it hasn’t. If you are moved by it, you don’t need it explained to you. If not, no explanation can make you moved by it.”

Federico Fellini  (via waltzings)

“It is dreadful when something weighs on your mind, not to have a soul to unburden yourself to. You know what I mean. I tell my piano the things I used to tell you.”

Frederic Chopin (via travisjsmusic)

“I believe, you see, in the dream. I think we only live through our dreams and our imagination. That’s the only reality we really ever know.”

Diana Vreeland (via pandevasudha)

Greer should be filmed in Technicolor to do her justice. Black and white gives no hint of the burnished copper tones of her mass of fine and fluffy hair, or the whiteness of her skin which portrays a natural red head or the oval depths of her eyes which she insists are the press agent green.

Grattis på födelsedagen Greta Garbo | 18 September, 1905 - 15 April, 1990

For the denizens of the first half of the twentieth century, when such images still counted, Garbo was the moviegoing experience—theory and practice alike. Some quirk of Nature and Art created a face, a personality, and an erotic presence unprecedented in history. In a way, she could hardly be held accountable for the person she became. Garbo was an anomaly, not a mystery. She was something to be experienced rather than adored, but people did both. And as that experience and adoration continue, so does the restless resistance of her spirit.

Happy Birthday Claudette Colbert | 13 September, 1903 - 30 July, 1996

Taken in the proper context, not to care about what other people think of one can be a great psychological strength. If you live only for the opinions of others, you’ll never leave your imprint. Some people like me. Some people don’t. You can never get everyone to like you, and why knock oneself out trying? All that matters is to try to do one’s best, and operate along common-sense lines.

"Working with Claudette was one of my most delightful experiences. Now there was a consummate professional! She gave 150 percent to every scene she did, yet there was always a beautiful restraint and control. I always felt Claudette, underneath her gaiety and charm and warmth, was an extremely tough woman. She knew how to roll with the punches and she was sensitive to the moods of the people around her and reacted accordingly, always positively! ”- Joseph Cotten

As for fitness, this lithe 78-year-old still climbs trees. Last spring while preparing for the Presidential visit, Claudette spotted a branch that needed pruning. When her gardener couldn’t see it, “I climbed the tree to show him. You do all you can to keep in shape. Of course, one changes with age. You have to learn to keep the charm you’ve had but not try to be younger than you are.”

"Claudette was really a Renaissance woman - a modern woman ahead of her times."

Fifty years ago, she was lured from Broadway to cross the bridge and try her charms on the thriving sound stages in Queens, N.Y. Claudette Colbert made ten films there with the likes of Gary Cooper, Maurice Chevalier and Edward G. Robinson, while continuing to do plays. But the Astoria movie studio eventually faded away, and Colbert left the Big Apple for Hollywood glory. Last week the French-born actress was back in Queens for a day at the revamped Kaufman Astoria studio, where a renovated building with the largest sound stage outside Hollywood was named in her honor. “I feel sensational and really a little sentimental,” said Colbert, who looked both. Indeed, it was hard to say which of her selves was lovelier as she delightedly encountered a cardboard cutout from her film Cleopatra, which she made at 31.