WHO WAS BORN IN NOVEMBER? ALL OF THE TALENTED PEOPLE BELOW. AND I WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO TALK WITH EACH ONE OF THEM.
DOROTHY COLLINS (Born on 11/18/1926)
“My trademark on ‘Your Hit Parade’ was a high-neck blouse. So, naturally, the rumor got around that I had scars on my neck. I even got a letter from one man asking if it were true that I had a battleship tattooed on my chest. I wrote back, saying ‘No, it isn’t a battleship--it’s a canoe.’” Click here for the complete interview.
SALLY FIELD (Born on 11/6/1946)
“My mother, who has always been the primary person in my life, used to carry me on her hip as she recited speeches from Chekhov and Shakespeare in her classes at Paramount. I remember thinking she was doing something lovely and loving. Even at home we’d go off into fantasy-land together. I’d do little pantomimes and she’d laugh and applaud. It was a communication of love, and that’s what acting has always been for me.” Click here for the complete interview.
LEATRICE JOY GILBERT, DAUGHTER OF JOHN GILBERT (Born on 11/7/1893)
”The day of September 8, 1926 was to be the day of a double wedding at Marion Davies's house in Beverly Hills. King Vidor was to marry Eleanor Boardman and my father was to marry Greta Garbo. Garbo did not show up, and my father was very upset and L. B. Mayer said to him, 'Why do you have to marry her? Why not just sleep with her and forget about her?' With that, my father slugged him and dragged him into the bathroom and began hitting his head against the tiles, sending his glasses flying. Eddie Mannix, Mayer's trusted friend and bodyguard, finally pulled Father off of him. Like a cobra, Mayer sat there and hissed, 'Gilbert, your career is finished. I'll destroy you if it costs me a million dollars.'" Click here for the complete interview.
GOLDIE HAWN (Born on 11/21/1945)
“’Shampoo’ was brilliantly done, and I was proud to be a part of it. But, ironically, I was the only serious one in the whole film. I was completely straight, and everyone else was insane. I’m glad that I’m coming back in a comedy like ‘Foul Play,' which is right off the wall.”
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BURT LANCASTER (Born on 11/2/1913)
“When Bertolucci came and asked me if I’d do ‘1900,’ I said there was no way he could afford me, no way he could meet my usual salary. So I worked for nothing. There are times, however, when I do a film like ‘Cassandra Crossing’ simply because I need the money. I kid you not. It’s a matter of lifestyle. I have only one dress suit to my name, and a few jackets and pants, but it still costs me $300,000 a year just to live. I must continue to work.” Click here for the complete interview.
TERRENCE McNALLY (Born on 11/3/1939)
“I tried to give up smoking once. In fact, I did give it up-–for almost a year. But my whole life became not smoking. I wrote next to nothing and I lost all my friends.” Click here for the complete interview.
MIKE NICHOLS (Born on 11/6/1931)
"In 1972 I turned down a chance to direct 'The Exorcist' because I didn’t like it. What the hell was it about? And why spend four months doing that to a little girl? Afterwards I asked Elaine May to help me not feel guilty for turning it down and thereby losing out on millions of dollars. ‘Darling,’ she said, ‘don’t worry. If you had directed it, it would never have made that much money.’" Click here for the complete interview.
MARTIN SCORSESE (Born on 11/17/1942)
“I got married in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in 1965, and I left the church not long after that. There were problems about mortal sin, certain sexual things. But what really did it was sitting in a church in Los Angeles and hearing a priest calling the Vietnam war a holy war." Click here for the complete interview.
LUCHINO VISCONTI (Born on 11/2/1906)
“I was born a Catholic, I was baptized a Catholic. I cannot change what I am. I cannot easily become a Protestant. My ideas may be unorthodox, but I am still a Catholic.” Click here for the complete interview.
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