“The only reason they come to see me is that I know life is great - and they know I know it.”
Marlene Dietrich in Paris, acompanied by her husband, Rudolf Sieber (1933, photo by Imagno/Getty Images)
On true love:
“It’s a flower: Trillium erectum [aka the American True-Love]. Also called birthroot and bethflower. Medicinal use: astringent.
It is strong enough to survive sub-zero temperatures and its blossoms smell like rotting meat.”
-Dietrich, quoted in Marlene Dietrich’s ABC
Katharine Hepburn on the MGM lot during the filming of Without Love (1945)
Calvin Klein: Your style, did it come from you? Or was it someone else that influenced you?
KH: No, no one influenced me. I think that I must have been very self-conscious about my appearance, that I wanted to present something that looked as though it had just come out of the woods or something, and everyone thought, ‘I’ve never seen anything like that before.’
I liked to look as if I didn’t give a damn. I think you should pretend you don’t care … but it’s the most outrageous pretense. I said to Garbo once, ‘I bet it takes us longer to look as if we hadn’t made any effort than it does someone else to come in beautifully dressed.’
CK: Were you influenced by any of the men you knew at that time?
KH: No! I never dressed up for any man. If I thought he cared how I looked, I would have thought he was a fool. I really would have.
The men dressed for me, you know. Nobody ever made a pass at me unless I fully expected them to and welcomed the notion.
CK: Good for you.
KH: I’m rather a forbidding character.
-excerpted from Washington Post Magazine interview (March 9th, 1986)
“All the gallant lyrics of all the songs I have ever written rise up and mock me while I lie in the dark and listen. It has little to do with the person involved, little to do with anyone but myself.
To me, passionate love has been like a tight shoe rubbing blisters on my Achilles’ heel. I resent it and love it and wallow and recover and it’s all part of ‘life’s rich pattern’ and I wish to God I could handle it, but I never have and I know I never will.”
-Noël Coward, excerpted from The Noël Coward Diaries (photo via)