The man had real dynamite – no one else has his power. He could literally do Hamlet standing on his head – I saw him do it once for a bet and it was breathtaking.
Frank Sinatra in Anchors Aweigh, 1945
Oh Ethel, you’re just about the swellest friend a person ever had.
Gregory Peck and Ava Gardner in The Great Sinner (1949)
About Marilyn Monroe:
"She was alive in a way not granted the rest of us. She communicated such a charge of vitality as altered our imagination of life, which is the job and wonder of art. Hollywood, Broadway, the nightclubs all produce their quote of sex queens, but the public takes them or leaves them; the world is not as enslaved by them as it was by Marilyn Monroe, because none but she could suggest such a purity of sexual delight. The boldness with which she could parade herself and yet never be gross, her sexual flamboyance and bravado which yet breathed an air of mystery and even reticence, her voice which carried such ripe overtones of erotic excitement and yet was the voice of a shy child- these anomalies were intergral to her gift. And they described a young woman trapped in a never-never land of unawareness. Even while she symbolised an extreme of sexual knowingness, she took each new circumstance of life like a newborn babe. And this is what made her luminous. The glow was not rubbed off by the ugliness of life because finally in some vital depth, she had been untouched by it." - Diana Trilling
Howell’s own comments on this casual session say it all. “You trusted Grace’s beauty; you knew it was not built from clothes and makeup. In New York, Grace would come over to my studio dressed in a sweater, a skirt, and loafers. In Jamaica, she was no different: her hair pulled back, dressed in a simple boy’s shirt. This was Grace, natural, unpretentious.” - Howell Conant
Rita Hayworth being beautiful, adorable and undeniably perfect on the set of Down to Earth (1947)