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Tuesday, 29 June 2010

In Quotes: Jayne Mansfield, Lana Turner and Katharine Hepburn - three legends, one fateful date with destiny.

IN QUOTES: Jayne Mansfield, Lana Turner and Katharine Hepburn - three legends, one fateful date with destiny.

Coincidentally, these three Hollywood legends all died on this day - June 29. Each actress is remembered in their own way ...


In 1967, Jayne Mansfield (born 1933) died in an automobile accident at the age of 34. With the physique of a Playboy Playmate, Jayne's most famous movie was The Girl Can't Help It. As she admitted the public didn't care about her intellect or acting ability, "They're more interested in 40-21-35."

"Dramatic art in her opinion is knowing how to fill a sweater."
Bette Davis

"When it comes to men, I heard she never turns anything down except the bedcovers."
Mae West

On her big screen rival Mamie Van Doren - "Mamie … what’s her last name? It begins with V.D. … I don’t see her as a rival, no. Of course, she’s blonde. So many are. But, if you know what I mean, she does seem rather small for her size."

In 1995, Lana Turner (born in 1921) died at the age of 74 of complications from throat cancer. Her most famous role was playing femme fatale Cora Smith in The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946).

"I planned on having one husband and seven children, but it turned out the other way around."

"I find men terribly exciting, and any girl who says she doesn`t is an anemic old maid, a streetwalker, or a saint."

"A gentleman is simply a patient wolf."

"She's not Madame X; she's brand X; she's not an actress, she's a commodity"
Pauline Kael

"She’s a nice girl, but it’s like sitting in a room with a beautiful vase."
Judy Garland

"She is not even an actress ... only a trollop."     
Gloria Swanson

"In the past, studios would actively encourage film set romances, particularly if the actress was as limited as Lana Turner, who could only convincingly portray lust when she was actually in the trailer with her leading man between takes."
Siobhan Synnot in The Scotsman (2004)

In 2003, Katharine Hepburn (born 1907) died of natural causes in Connecticut at the age of 96. Acclaimed as one of the greatest screen actreeses of all time, Katharine was nominated 12 times for an Oscar winning a record four times: Morning Glory (1933), Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967), The Lion in Winter (1968) and On Golden Pond (1981).
She also won an Emmy Award in 1976 (Love Among the Ruins).

"Sometimes I wonder if men and women really suit each other. Perhaps they should live next door and just visit now and then."

"Plain women know more about men than beautiful ones do."

"Acting is a nice childish profession - pretending you`re someone else and at the same time selling yourself."

"Life`s what`s important. Walking, houses, family. Birth and pain and joy. Acting`s just waiting for a custard pie. That`s all."

"Acting is the most minor of gifts and not a very high-class way to earn a living. After all, Shirley Temple could do it at the age of four."

"I`m a personality as well as an actress. Show me an actress who isn`t a personality, and you`ll show me a woman who isn`t a star."  

"If you survive long enough, you`re revered - rather like an old building."

Quotes about Katharine ... 

"The girl has great verve and control, always stimulating, always great fun."
Cary Grant

"Kate was a powerful force of nature."
Jane Fonda

"She will always be the greatest woman star. She was a woman of all generations and all seasons."
Karen Kramer

"With her confidence and slight swagger, the real essence of the Hepburn style is not the clothing, but the woman herself."
Carrie Donovan

"Katharine Hepburn isn’t really stand-offish. She ignores everyone equally."
Lucille Ball

"I admire Katharine Hepburn’s cheekbones more than her films."
Bette Davis

"She is snippy you know, which is a shame. She was never on my side."
Ginger Rogers

"The woman’s a purseful of mannerisms and gaudy affectations. Have you caught her trying to act all frilly-feminine? It’s piteous. I think she won awards for being such an independent role model, not for her acting prowess … she doesn’t act, she emotes."
Estelle Winwood

The Lake [1933] - "Go to the Martin Beck Theatre and watch Katharine Hepburn run the gamut of emotions from A to B."
Dorothy Parker in Life magazine

Some of the above quotations taken from ...
  To Bitch or Not To Bitch!?
published by Blue Eyed Books

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