Eavesdropping: Loretta Young talks about her Movie Years
In Behind the Door: the Real Life of Loretta Young, I delved into a select few of Loretta Young’s ninety-eight films. Yet, in our 1990 interviews Loretta and I discussed ninety-one of them, leaving much material behind. She discussed the actors, the directors, the producers, the clothes. What she learned about acting, her innumerable “crushes” on her leading men, her reputation as being difficult. More
This book is composed of Loretta Young’s 1990 conversations (with Edward Funk) about her movie years. They’re now captured in a brand new book.
When the camera rolled, he (jimmy Cagney) was in character; there was no getting around it. And I think for a woman to have a man, who is violent that way, but she’s the only one he’s sensitive with and sweet and soft with, it’s doubly important to her then. Even playing a character in a picture, you felt a part of that.
Acting, I think, is a wonderful bit of therapy for anyone because you can do, really, anything that you might be tempted to, and you really aren’t doing it, because you’re only acting. Because there’s a lot of attraction, I find, in evil. Usually, it’s so covered up with beauty that you don’t see the evil.
Because I am a movie star, and I don’t know what it means, “acting like a movie star”. Because I’m not acting like a movie star….I am a movie star.
If you and I were talking here, and suddenly, a fan walked in, I would certainly not go on talking with you as relaxed and easy as I am now. I would be “Loretta Young” to that fan. And I would try to be what that fan thought he was going to get from me, see. If that’s phony, that’s phony. I don’t think it is because it’s “Loretta Young” and I AM LORETTA YOUNG.
Nothing turns me off quicker than somebody who’s not infatuated or thinks I’m divine.
If you are a star, you don’t have to act like a star. You are a star. You know that by how much money you get; you know that by where your name appears….
You can only make love for three minutes as long as the camera is rolling, and passionate love if you want, and the minute the camera is over, no responsibility whatsoever. You call that just a job? Well, it’s not quite “just a job,” is it?
I know I want things my way. I know in the studio, everyone used to say and they still do, that I’m not the easiest person in the world to work with…producers and writers...... I know I’m not…..
I was given the #1 dressing room at the studio for MAN’S CASTLE which I expected anyway, and I didn’t know at that time that at the back of the closet of that dressing room there was a door that led right into his private office.
I think Alan (Ladd) was very conscious of his looks. He would not look beyond a certain point in the camera because he didn’t think he looked good. What difference does it make what a man looks like so long as he looks like a man? With a woman, it’s very important.
These are women’s tricks. It’s a model’s walk. It allows you to swing your body without swinging your hips because the whole body goes with it.
I know it’s showing off. Otherwise it would not please me most when the camera is going because everybody is going to look at me big, blown-up.
You’d be surprised how important a movie star feels at times. Reigning kings and queens don’t mean very much unless they come into your life in the way this did. But just to meet a king or queen, I don’t know, I’d never go out of my way to do it.
Now, I loved love scenes, all the touching and petting because I liked men. I liked them then, and I still like them.
I was having lunch in the commissary with a whole table of extras who were playing nuns, and a writer, whom I’ve never liked, walked by and said, “Is this where you get none?” The extras thought he was hilarious, but I found him disgusting.
(Speaking to director Jules Dassin): I can’t continue. I don’t think you’re any happier with me than I am with you. One of us is going to go, and I think, unfortunately for you, at this point, I’m a bigger star than you’re a director
Jeff Chandler, “I’ve been thinking I’m falling in love with you.”
It isn’t easy for a beautiful woman to be a faithful wife. If she’s happily married, yes. Very easy for her to be. But if she’s unhappily married and she’s attractive, it’s very difficult. Very.
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