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“I didn’t give a damn about [being a sex symbol]…it was better to be there and be sexy than ugly […] I am shocking, impertinent[,] and insolent [and] that’s how it is.”Brigitte Bardot, in a brief interview with Ella Alexander of Vogue UK, 2010. 

Actress Brigitte Bardot (b. 1934)

"She was talented, funny, vulnerable, helpless in awful pain, with no hope, and some worth and not a liar, not vicious, not catty, and with a history of orphanism that was killing to hear. She was like all Charlie Chaplin’s heroines in one […] She was a little stray cat when I knew her…"
Elia Kazan (1909-2003), discussing his affair with Marilyn Monroe in a letter, 1955. 

Actress Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962)
Actress Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993), with photographer Richard Avedon (1923-2004), on the set of Stanley Donen’s Funny Face, 1957. 

"…I suppose most of us are lonely in this big world, but we must fall tremendously in love to find it out."

Orson Welles, in a letter to Rita Hayworth, c. 1943. 

Actors Rita Hayworth (1918-1987) and Orson Welles (1915-1985). 

"I don’t live my life through the prism of the past…I don’t look back on my life […] I am a melancholy soul. [Yet] I’m not sure contentment is obtainable and I find the banality of modern life terrifying…”

Actress and model Jean Shrimpton (b. 1942), photographed by David Bailey, date unknown. 
Actress Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962)
Actress Brigitte Bardot (b. 1934)
Actors Romy Schneider (1938-1982) and Alain Delon (b. 1935)

"…Studio makeup artists attempted to alter Bacall, putting her in terror as they moved in to pluck her eyebrows, shave her hairline, and straighten her teeth. She thwarted their efforts: “Howard [Hawks] had chosen me for my thick eyebrows and crooked teeth, and that’s the way they would stay.” She insisted on doing her own hair, in the style that would become her trademark: “The wave … on the right side—starting to curve at the corner of my eyebrow and ending, sloping downward, at my cheekbone.” Lauren, “Betty,” Bacall, in an interview with Matt Tyrnauer of Vanity Fair, 2011. 

Actress Lauren Bacall (1924-2014), c. 1954. 
To read the full Vanity Fair interview, click here. 

“[It was] always in the wee small hours when it seemed to Bogie and me that the world was ours - that we were the world…”

Actors Lauren Bacall (1924-2014) and Humphrey Bogart (1899-1957). 

“Her searches after knowledge were arbitrary and without context. It was as if she were shining a small flashlight of curiosity into the dark room of the world…” 
Gloria Steinem, Marilyn (1988)
Actress Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993)
The Hepburn sisters, c. 1939
Actress Brigitte Bardot (b. 1934)