What the Academy failed to acknowledge until 20 years ago:
“Deborah, my wife for the past three decades and a half, has indisputable talent. An innate ability to become, on stage and on screen, a human being that is completely different from her, and make her performance of the character of her choice so believable that when we see her we forget she is an actress playing her part.
And what’s more surprising, she has this ability since her adolescence.
I can’t think of any other actress who has played such different variety of characters and has played them so convincingly as the shy ugly-duckling from Separate Tables, the mistreated and seductive wife of the captain from From Here to Eternity, the partner of the shepherd from The Sundowners, the nun in Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison, or the widow housewife from The Assam Garden, just to set some examples.” (Peter Viertel)
Interviewer: Didn’t the sudden rush of fame and offers that followed Gone With the Wind sweep you off your feet?
Vivien Leigh: “No. Why should it? After all I was 26 and I knew I did not want to be a film star. I had had sudden fame before when I was 19 and in ‘Mask of Virtue’ and if that didn’t affect me then, why should it at 26?”
“David Niven and I are like a circus together. The awful trouble is we break each other up laughing so hard. We shouldn’t be allowed to work together anymore because we have too much fun.
We’ve done all kinds of vaudeville bits and awful private jokes. Nobody else can understand them and I couldn’t explain them to them. But it leaves us in tears. It’s a rather schoolgirl form of humour that just happens to tickle us. I’ve known David since I was 17 years old and I don’t think that he has changed not an iota.” (Deborah Kerr)
Acting “isn’t work. It’s fun. The whole thing is fun. I hear actors say, ‘I have to go to work tomorrow’. Nonsense. Work is eight hours in a coal mine or a government office. Getting up in the morning and putting on a funny mustache, and dressing up and showing off in front of the grown-ups, that’s play, and for which we’re beautifully overpaid. I’ve always felt that way. After all, how many people in the world are doing things that they like to do?”
David Niven (1.03.1910 - 29.07.1983)
"Je suis d’une nature très timide et j’ai besoin qu’on me dise que je suis très bien. J’ai besoin qu’on me le répète beaucoup pour le croire, de temps en temps."
"I am a very shy person and I need to be told I’m good. I need to be told many times to believe it, sometimes."
Michèle Morgan (b. 29.02.1920)