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"You know, Carole, for a long time now whenever a girl or a woman has come to me weeping or bitter because some love affair has ended[,] I’ve always thought of you. And wished the girl or woman in question might have a little of the swell, healthy philosophy which marks you in these matters. So often you’ve said to me,’When I feel a love affair is drawing to close I end it—and remain friends with the guy!’ And when I’ve questioned you as to how you’ve been able to tell when a love affair was about to end you’ve given me one of your square looks, laughed, and said: “We women with our sensitive antennae always can tell about such things, you know we can. It’s just that we’re romantic and that we hope against hope and—hang on!’[…] [Y]ou manage to be healthily mindful of some of the things the man gave you, of the pleasure you had with him to have spent so much time with him, and of other things too, depending upon the man…"
-Adele Whitley Fletcher, in a letter addressed to Carole Lombard and Clark Gable, 1936. 

Actress Carole Lombard (1908-1942)

"…I must say, for a charming, intelligent girl, you certainly surrounded yourself with a remarkable collection of dopes."-Dana Andrews, as Detective McPherson, to Gene Tierney, in Otto Preminger’s film, Laura, 1944

Actress Gene Tierney (1920-1991)

"[Harlow was] a blonde bombshell whose bleached hair, voluptuous body, and bawdy humor inspired a fervent cult following that remains to this day. […] [Yet] Harlow had to be someone she wasn’t, because she never knew who she was…”
-Biographer David Stenn, on Jean Harlow, in Bombshell: The Life and Death of Jean Harlow, 2000. 

Actress Jean Harlow (1911-1937), c. 1932-3. 

“Do not be so bloody vulnerable. To hell with God damned “L’Amour.” It always causes far more trouble than it is worth. Don’t run after it. Don’t court it. Keep it waiting off stage until you’re good and ready for it and even then treat it with the suspicious disdain that it deserves […] I am sick to death of you waiting about in empty houses and apartments with your ears strained for the telephone to ring. Snap out of it, girl! [Living] does not consist of staring in at other people’s windows and waiting for crumbs to be thrown to you. You’ve carried on this hole in corner, overcharged, romantic, unrealistic nonsense long enough…”
-Noël Coward, in a letter to Marlene Dietrich, c. 1956.

Actress Marlene Dietrich (1901-1992), in Morocco, 1930. 

“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)