You get tough in this business, until you get big enough to hire people to get tough for you. Then you can sit back and be a lady.
Grace Kelly, 1955. Photo by Howell Conant
"If I can but feel that you are with me on this, the most important and trying task of my life, I pledge with all my heart I shall try to make Scarlett O’hara live as you described her in your brilliant book." -Vivien Leigh’s telegram to Margaret Mitchell, January 1939.
Rita Hayworth photographed for Blood and Sand (1941)
"What I liked about Ava was that we had so much in common it was like we were two young people from the same hometown. We both were products of middle-class, small American towns where everybody knew everybody, and it was on that basis that we struck up an immediate friendship. Ava was also outspoken, and there was something refreshing about that because sometimes she’d be outspoken when other people would be afraid to. That to me shows a strength of character and the kind of grass-roots, middle-American honesty she has. Sometimes I’ve thought that except for that out-of-the-world beauty—that sensational bone structure, those eyes, and that figure—she was typical of dozens of girls I knew in high school and college. But that beauty shaped and changed her, and she became an object of pursuit, adulation, and attention such as few girls ever know."
Waterloo Bridge ad in Silver Screen magazine, 1940