Happy 110th Birthday Greer Garson | 29 september, 1904 - 6 april, 1996

Why did I become an actress? I think because I am fascinated by the variety and scope of human experience. I am not content to live just one existence. I have always had a strong imagination and in my roles I feel that I live other lives. And the hazards and disappointments of an acting career and the solemn dissuasions of all my friends and advisers were a challenge. It has not been easy, but I believe that the best kind of success is not won easily and that a few hard knocks on the way are good for the soul. When I look back on some of my bitterest disappointments I realize that, in the long run, they were really strokes of good fortune. Things eventually turned out far better than if I had achieved what seemed so desperately important at the moment. So I believe that as one door closes, another will open.

“There have been two roses named for me, one, the Mrs. Miniver, and the other, Greer Garson. Now as you’d expect, the Mrs. Miniver behaves properly and blooms beautifully, in true size and color, season after season. The Greer Garson, bloomed all over the place with terrific splendor. Next season, it sprawled around, put out a few off blooms, and relaxed. I sometimes wonder if the rose growers really made a true estimate of the both of us.”

"If they meant, by ‘lady,’ the sort of feminine creature who refrains from smacking people on their kissers, I wouldn’t have an objection in the world. But the Greer Garson Lady is something just too-too, with a halo of nobility. She’s all wrapped up in cellophane. Her petticoats rustle when she moves and her little finger curves off from her teacup. A stuffy piece of bric-a-brac—out of this world. I’d like to take her by the scruff of her neck and drop her neatly into the Pacific Ocean!” - Greer Garson, 1942

“Words were the only net to catch a mood, the only sure weapon against oblivion.”

Jan Struther, Mrs. Miniver

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.