Cecil Beaton, It Gives Me Great Pleasure
Advanced Geography, with Cecil Beaton
“Hollywood is a suburb of Los Angeles, or vice versa, depending on your point of view.”
Cecil Beaton, It Gives Me Great Pleasure
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Dial M for Lover?
“Mr. Hitchcock taught me everything about cinema. It was thanks to him that I understood that murder scenes should be shot like love scenes and love scenes like murder scenes.”
Grace Kelly, Town & Country
Playing It Safe In Hollywood
“After Deborah Kerr was hired to play a Catholic nun who develops an emotional relationship to Robert Mitchum, the part was changed to an Episcopalian nun. Explained a studio executive, ‘The Episcopalians aren’t so well organized.’”
Thomas Wiseman, The Seven Deadly Sins of Hollywood
“I am very upset because that celebrity bus that used to stop in front of our house is nowhere to be seen. I have told Walter if it does not come back, I’m going to leave him. Everybody complains about the bus but you have no idea what it’s like when it doesn’t come anymore.”
Carol Matthau, Among the Porcupines
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“[Jimmy] Stewart’s most distinctive quality is his voice. If you listen to him, it’s hard not to start imitating him … The stars with staying power all had distinctive voices that were essential to the continuing thread in their characterizations.”
David Freeman, via Jimmy Stewart, A Biography
The King and His Court
“You see, the film studio of today is really the palace of the sixteenth century. There one sees what Shakespeare saw: the absolute power of the tyrant, the courtiers, the flatterers, the jests, the cunningly ambitious intriguers.”
Christopher Isherwood, Prater Violet
Christopher Isherwood, in addition to writing novels, worked as a screenwriter for Louis B. Mayer at MGM. The copy of Prater Violet Isherwood signed to Dr. Oscar Janiger, the Los Angeles psychiatrist that famously administered LSD therapy to Isherwood and A-List Hollywood stars like Cary Grant, is available via the Nick Harvill Libraries store.
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“Fame is a commercial thing. Like money, it is necessary so that you can do what you want to do.”
Orson Welles, The Seven Deadly Sins of Hollywood
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“New York is governed by finances. You move to New York to have a career. You move to L.A. to live out a fantasy.”
Michael H. Miller, Observer
An excerpt from Veronica, The Autobiography of Veronica Lake:
If some of the stars spent as much time in bed as the gossip columnists would have you believe, they would have ended up in a wheelchair at thirty, exhausted but with a happy grin on their faces. There were some who lived up to their reputations. The only one I really knew was Errol Flynn. Errol did try to get me into his infamous bed but her never succeeded.
It was the only party I ever attended at Errol’s home. There was the usual evening swim with a few of the guests nude. Errol had stocked the house with an assortment of young and luscious starlets and they were available for any of his male guests who felt a sudden urge. It was all typical of Errol Flynn; his clippings were not exaggerated.
I declined the swim and sat nursing a drink at the poolside, enjoying the occasional screech of feigned delight from one of the girls in the pool as a fellow grabbed and gave chase. Frankly, I was bored with it and decided to go home.
Errol showed me to the door. He was handsome, that devil. He looked in my eyes and slipped his arm around my waist. His hand slipped down and clamped tightly on my rear end.
“I think we should go and make use of a special bedroom I have, Ronni,” he said.
“I have a special bedroom I’m going to make use of, Errol,” I replied. “It’s my own and I’m going to sleep in it.”
He took his hand away, kissed me on the cheek and smiled.
“As you wish, Miss Lake.”
“I don't know anything about it. I never went out. I never went out anywhere ever except to George Cukor's house.”
Katharine Hepburn, The New York Times, "Style, If the Hills Were Alive," Nov. 19, 2000
For more on George Cukor's art-filled, Billy Haines-decorated home, check out Architectural Digest's "Visit George Cukor's Mediterranean-Style Home in California." [Note: The AD article identifies Cukor's home as within the limits of Beverly Hills. That is incorrect. It is in Los Angles, several blocks east of the Trousdale Estates section of Beverly Hills.]
See also: Dinner at George Cukor's.
Image Credits: Angus McBean Portraits, The Dream Come True, Great Houses of Los Angeles, and The Hollywood Style.
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