“Gone with the Wind is going to be the biggest flop in history. I’m just glad it’ll be Clark Gable who’s falling on his face and not Gary Cooper.”
-Gary Cooper (1939)
Gary Cooper in Legion of the Condemned (1928, dir. William A. Wellman)
“People ask me how come you’ve been around so long. Well, it’s through playing the part of Mr. Average Joe American.”
Lupe “The Spitfire” Velez in a better mood.
Article originally published in the Los Angeles Times on July 25th, 1940:
“Lupe Velez, tempestuous Mexican actress, outlined in Hollywood the reception she had planned for a gypsy fortune teller who allegedly bilked her of $2500 last December. Nancy Miller, alias Mary Baker, 23, was arrested in Indiana and will be extradited.
“I’m so happy they got her,” Miss Velez said. “I’m really going to fix her up. Number one—I punch her in the nose. Number two—I kick her in the teeth. Number three—I pull her hair.”
(Velez punched many noses & fired off not a few pistols in her day, most famously when she shot at a railroad car carrying her boyfriend Gary Cooper from a crowded train platform.)