Gloria Swanson going over the script for The Hummingbird, 1924
Vivien Leigh in Waterloo Bridge (1940)
Blanche DuBois, A Streetcar Named Desire
Blanche DuBois: I don’t want realism. I want magic! Yes, yes, magic. I try to give that to people. I do misrepresent things. I don’t tell truths. I tell what ought to be truth.
"There had been romantic couples before, but Loy and Powell were something new and original. They actually made marital comedy palatable. I remember Bill Powell when he started out as a melodramatic actor. Then, by some alchemy, he suddenly became comic. But Myrna gave the wit to the whole thing. They hit that wonderful note because he always did a wee bit too much and she underdid it, creating grace, a charm, a chemistry."
The brilliant production and costume designs of Mildred Pierce (1945)
Linda Darnell in New York before going to entertain servicemen stationed in Bermuda, c. 1943
Hedy Lamarr by Laszlo Willinger, 1940
Young Norma Jeane at the beach