Doug McClelland’s 1987 book, STAR SPEAK,HOLLYWOOD ON EVERYTHING, contains some great quotes .
Here are some samples.
“The most important thing in acting is honesty. Once you’ve learned to fake that, you’re in!”
“Acting is not an important job in the scheme of things. Plumbing is.”
“I got into an elevator at MGM and there,in one of her famous men’s hats, was Garbo. I said hello, and when there was no reply, I said,’Oh,sorry. I thought you were a fellow I knew.’ “
“I’m never going to write my autobiography as long as I live.”
“Betty GRABLE? She’d murder you. I remember once I got her angry on the set. She stormed over and said,’You know why I’m doing this picture ? I thought they said Dan Duryea!’ “
“Garbo doesn’t like me.I don’t blame her. I pulled an awful corny gag when we were introduced . I said,’Pardon me,I didn’t catch the name.’ “
“When Fernando (Lamas) proposed to me, he said,’Let me take you away from all this.’ And I said,’Away from all what? I’m a movie star!’ “
“When I came to America 25 years ago to direct Rebecca,David O. Selznick sent me a memorandum.I’ve just finished reading it. I think I may make it into a motion picture . I plan to call it ‘The Longest Story Ever Told’ “
“I don’t want to make a nickel on this picture (The Best Years Of Our Lives). All I want is for everybody in the country to see it.”
“Well, we’ve won the war and there’s peace now everywhere. Except here in Hollywood where the fighting for good scripts,good billing and good dressing rooms never ends.”
“A star is when someone says,’Let’s leave the dishes in the sink and go see Joan Crawford.”
“Of course there must be subtleties in film making. Just make sure you make them obvious.”
( or was that Mr.Goldwyn?)