Mystery of Marion’s Costume Designs

Marion Boyce’s costumes aka Essie has the coolest gig in TV land.

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“Soft and sleek – and looking – looking…Sloe-eyed – moving through the woods on a carpet of wet brown leaves (or anyway a carpet – the best – and long – and deep)…No sound – only a rhythmic beat…Honey dripping from her temples…Eyes unblinking – glinting green – challenging…Her texture bread-dough soft – and smooth and tawny – rising alive…He has penned in a lioness…No claws for those she loves – babies – mate – and even friends – a few…The best – the best (what the hell – they must be – they’re mine)…You are subdued by her lavish enthusiasm – lulled by the repetition of your own extraordinary virtues…You are king among mice – secure – remarkable – you have no equal…You belong to the kingdom of her children – she will protect you…But if you do not belong: look out…No zulac from the bazaar has a sharper knife – can use it without pause – direct – piercing…Love or Hate…Yes or No…Good or Bad…Victorian clarity…Soft – sun-serene surface – surface – surface – and under it – Woman.” — Katharine Hepburn

”I think Betty’s enduring appeal flows not just from her skills, but from her inner strength of character. From the moment when I first spotted that lean and lanky seventeen-year-old in the theatre in New York, I’ve been looking, as millions around the world have, at a remarkable woman. After so many years, I can’t explain our friendship, nor would I try - for a tough broad, she blushes easily. Let me just say that I celebrate our time together, I have the joy of her friendship and we all have the joy of her talent - We’re all still looking, Betty.”— Gregory Peck

“Charlie and Ann Lederer gave a party for the Shah of Iran. When the incumbent of the Peacock Throne complimented Lauren Bacall by saying, ‘You were born to dance, Miss Bacall,’ she replied with gusto, ‘You bet your ass, Shah.”— David Niven

“Lauren Bacall has cinema personality to burn. She has a javelin-like vitality, a born dancer’s eloquence of movement, a fierce female shrewdness, and a special sweet-sourness. With these faculties, plus a stone-crushing self-confidence and a trombone voice, she manages to get across the toughest girl Hollywood has dreamed of in a long, long while.” — James Agee

“I think that sometimes she doesn’t realize how much I love her and respect her and respect what she is, as a woman and as an actress and what she’s contributed to her profession and her world. And I think that she needs to know that.” — Stephen Bogart

“I think the qualities that my mother gave me include intelligence, humor, sensitivity, the ability to scrutinize people. I feel she gave me her sense of power and her sense of strength as she deals with the world around her. And her contribution to women and to women’s issues in addition to being to a loving mother. She has also, just as a woman, been a great example for me.” — Leslie Bogart

Betty Joan Perske aka Lauren Bacall / September 16, 1924 – August 12, 2014


Peter Falk | September 16, 1927 - June 23, 2011

"It was 1955. I was 28 and I had decided to become an actor. I told my father and he said, "You gonna paint your face and make an ass of yourself for the rest of your life?" I said, "That’s right." He shook my hand and said good luck."

"Peter has a great range from comedy to drama. He could break your heart or make you laugh." — William Friedkin 

"Peter realizes that if he does a bad scene I’m not going to say anything. I don’t have to say anything. He already knows it. And I know he already knows it. So he has the option of saying, "Can I do it again?" Peter will never tell you what he wants out of life. He’ll tell you about external things, but he’ll never get down to the nitty-gritty." — John Cassavetes

"Peter had this remarkable spirit. When the studios all passed on A Woman Under the Influence, he helped raise the money to make the film. Just incredible loyalty. He was that sort of guy. When you consider that he lost an eye to cancer when he was three years old, it gives you some idea of his spirit. He had to go and take up something really hard such as acting. As an actor, he was attentive. He listened. He didn’t just pretend to listen like many actors do. It’s actually hard to listen on set, what with all the necessary distractions: the lights, the crew, the attention. He had a truly great talent for that. That’s one of the reasons I took to him.” — Gena Rowlands

Ava Gardner loved to shop for china and owned several sets over the years.

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Quentin Tarantino movies + dance scenes

Clark Gable and Myrna Loy in Wife vs. Secretary (1936)

Debbie Reynolds. Photographed by Phil Stern. (1950s)
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i am the most stressed out laziest person ever i don’t even know how i do it


Maria Callas singing “Der Hölle Rache”, The Queen of the Night’s aria from Mozart’s “Magic Flute”

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“I’m not going to lose sleep over that.”

- Sally Wainwright on ‘unfair’ male representation in ‘Scott and Bailey’. [X] (via wilfulwilf)

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