They say you come to Vietnam and understand a lot in a few minutes. The rest has got to be lived. They say whatever it was you were looking for, you will find here. They say there is a ghost in every house, and if you can make peace with him, he will stay quiet.
The Quiet American (2002)
William Horatio Powell (July 29, 1892 - March 5, 1984)
My friends have stood by me marvelously in the ups and downs of my career. I don’t believe there is anything more worthwhile in life than friendship. Friendship is a far better thing than love, as it is commonly accepted.
I’ll always be grateful for the things Natalie taught me. I could talk to her about the nonsense and distortion about what it means to be a movie star. She said, ‘No matter how silly it may seem, fans do have this feeling about you that you have to respect; but never let it overwhelm you.’ So when we would go out in public, we would be mobbed, an aspect of the business I had little patience for, and Natalie would tell me to smile, keep moving and don’t ever stop. [Robert Redford on Natalie Wood]
[Jean] Arthur admitted that she had such little confidence in herself that though she watched the rushes, she never saw Mr. Deeds [Goes to Town] in its entirety until she watched it with Capra in 1972 at the USA Film Festival in Dallas, when, as he reported, “She cried and thought it a lovely picture.”
“Maybe I thought I wasn’t any good, but I certainly knew that it was a great picture,” she told [Joseph McBride]. “The crew felt the same way. We were all just walking on air. On Mr. Capra’s set you always thought, ‘Something wonderful is going to happen.’ When I was crying and working so hard at the end in the courtroom in Mr. Deeds, well, it’s funny, but I forgot about it being a picture. I mean completely. Now I look up at the screen and my face starts to do the same things. I feel the feeling all over again.”
Frank Capra: The Catastrophe of Success by Joseph McBride
He was catnip to women… the best example of what critic Richard Schickel called “perfect masculine grace,” the greatest film star of his era… He had the looks, talent, voice, finesse, sex appeal, and—the rarest of all attributes in a male film actor—masculine sensitivity.
G. Bruce Boyer
Frank James Cooper (May 7, 1901 - May 13, 1961)
Nan Collins, my manager, came from Gary, Indiana and suggested I adopt that name. She felt it was more exciting than Frank. I figured I’d give it a try. Good thing she didn’t come from Poughkeepsie. ~ Gary Cooper
[Photo taken in 1931]
Paul Varjak: You know what’s wrong with you, Miss Whoever-You-Are: You’re chicken. You’ve got no guts. You’re afraid to stick out your chin and say ‘Okay, life’s a fact.’ People do fall in love; people do belong to each because that’s the only chance anybody’s got for real happiness. You call yourself a free spirit, a wild thing and you’re terrified somebody’s going to stick you in a cage. Well, baby you’re already in that cage - you built it yourself and it’s not bounded in west by Tulip, Texas or the east by Somaliland; it’s wherever you go. Because no matter where you run, you just end up running into yourself.