THEY WERE ALL NOVEMBER BABIES
Check out the interview excerpts below to see what these movie personalities had to say to Guy Flatley or Diane Baroni.
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.’ Finally, the American Tobacco Company asked me to wear an off-the-shoulder dress one week. I wore it, and don’t you know that people said, ‘What a great make-up job they’ve done, covering up her scars that way!’” Click here for the complete interview.
SALLY FIELD ( Born on 11/6/1946)
“I was stuck.There were plenty of offers to do ‘The Sally Field Show’ and lots of other junk, but I said no thanks. The truth was that nobody around me had any respect for me; to them, I was a joke. So I took the plunge and changed everything at once-–I got rid of my agent, my business manager, my house and my husband. For three years I dropped out and studied and did summer stock. When I’m ready, I told myself, it will happen--even if I’m 82." Click here for the complete interview.
LEATRICE JOY GILBERT (Born on 11/7/1893)
“Louis B. Mayer said to my father, ‘Why do you have to marry Garbo? Why not just sleep wih 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)
“I feel the essence of what God gave me will bleed through anything I do, and what he gave me is a feeling for comedy. Why should I try to extend myself when it’s not necessarily what the public wants me to do? This is a business, after all, and our job is to please the people, to get them to come and buy tickets.” Click here for the complete interview.
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 life style. 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’ve always been envious of playwrights who give interviews in which they make profound statements about their plays. But I just don’t think that way. Obviously, ‘Bad Habits’ is commenting on certain psychiatric practices, and I’d be curious to know how psychiatrists view the plays. What I really hope, though, is that I’ve created characters people will laugh with and be touched by. That’s how I approach plays-–through characters." Click here for the complete interview.
MIKE NICHOLS (Born on 11/6/1931)
"Once Elaine May and I were cast in highly dramatic roles in a terribly, terribly searching Playhouse 90 drama about group therapy. Elaine quit when the director asked her to assume a fetal position under a table, but I stayed and cried and got very good reviews. I’m actually a very good actor, but it’s difficult to find a part I’m exactly right for. Besides, one of the many pleasures of directing is that I don’t have to experience that baby feeling that comes with acting. You know…‘I don’t like my dressing room’ and ‘Who stole my mascara?’ I feel more adult as a director. It’s like being a father in real life." 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)
“Women’s liberation? Put them all in jail! What liberation do they want? They should be women…that’s enough, if they do it well. Bed, kitchen, mother. All of us have our place, our duty, our job. Their job is to get man to eat the apple, to compromise man.”
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