When I graduated from Santa Monica High in 1927, I was voted the girl most likely to succeed. I didn`t realize it would take so long.
I`ve been very, very successful. It`s very satisfying to me.
I wanted to be on the stage, doing very important emotional roles.
I have enjoyed acting very much, because I know it`s not for real!
In the `60s, `70s and `80s, everybody was pretty tense on the set.
The great actresses and actors receive awards for great roles in great films.
I just finished my 11th book last week, so I`m ready to start the next one.
When I was little I thought, isn`t it nice that everybody celebrates on my birthday? Because it`s July 4th.
It was a struggle treating Claude Rains as my lover, but we were friendly. It was no great love affair.
I quit after my seven-year contract with Universal was up. I quit for 33 years.
James Whale had been an actor. He was the most meticulous, most knowledgeable director. He was able to tell you exactly what he wanted.
I have a private press. I`m a book artist. I publish books of other authors and artists. I do the illustrating. I set the type. I print it myself on my press. I do everything but bind it.
I`m amazed. When I was 40, I thought I`d never make 50. And at 50 I thought the frosting on the cake would be 60. At 60, I was still going strong and enjoying everything.
A woman`s heart is a deep ocean of secrets.
Claude Rains was what we call an actor`s actor. He was very involved with himself and his performance.
The John Ford pictures I made are highly regarded, but at the time they didn`t seem like that.
I love working.
I wanted to be a theater actress, but I thought it would be easier to get to New York and the theater if I had a name than if I just walked the streets as a little girl from California.
When I went back to New York with somewhat of a name, they didn`t want movie actresses.
I`ve tried to guide my creativity as best I could into interesting channels, channels that make a difference. I don`t know where I got it.
It never occurred to me that it would be a big hit internationally and forever.
I never had a great role in a great film.
I had been told by so many people that I was going to be nominated, that I should be nominated, that there wasn`t any question about my being nominated. I don`t think it was a surprise.
There`s no point in working if I`m not involved and interested.