I was born with an enormous need for affection, and a terrible need to give it.
I think, especially in those first few years of college, my body started changing a lot. I got hips. Your metabolism changes; you’re not exercising as much. I ran track for a couple of years in high school, and I was also dancing. I was always doing something. At Harvard, you don’t really join the team unless you’re a star.
A building has integrity just like a man. And just as seldom.
I agree with Walter Murch’s theory that digital will never have the emotional or visual power of regular film, because audiences respond to absences. Regular film has a split second of blank screen between each shot, which the audience’s brain has to automatically fill in. Digital doesn’t have that, so it doesn’t engage the audience in the same ways. In all modernist literature, the most present thing is what’s absent. Like the opening of The Sound and the Fury, where they’re looking between the fence. Or in Closer the most important parts, the relationships, are missing and have to be filled in by the audience. Absences are crucial.
The last thing I want is to raise a brat. We could definately go down the wrong road. I don’t want Lola to have everything she wants. I want her to appreciate things, and not to be presumptuous. I want her to have manners and social graces.
Every day that I stood here I knew that this was exactly where I was meant to be.
I see – she’s the original good time that was had by all.
If you see me as just the princess then you misunderstand who I am and what I have been through.
Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all the apathy of human beings.
My, I like Judy Holliday! She looks like a Monet model. And she’s so — so defenseless. I like defenseless people. They’re the best.
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Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning.
We were polite to each other – all the social amenities, ‘Good morning, Joan’ and ‘Good Morning, Bette’ crap – and thank God we weren’t playing roles where we had to like each other. But people forget that our big scenes were alone – just the camera was on me or her. No actresses on earth are as different as we are, all the way down the line. Yet what we do works. It’s so strange, this acting business. It comes from inside. She was always so damn proper. She sent thank you notes for thank you notes. I screamed when I found out she signed autographs: ‘Bless you, Joan Crawford.’
There is an amazing something in the American psyche which speaks about courage, and it says, ‘Yes I can,’ … Yes, we will overcome it all because we have the spirit to do so.
Suffering today is because people are hoarding, not giving, not sharing.
There was one thing where Bette was one up on me. She’d had a baby, a child of her own. I wanted one, and Bette was so lucky to have been able to have her own daughter.