THEY WERE ALL OCTOBER BABIES
Check out the interview excerpts below to see what these movie personalities had to say to Guy Flatley or Diane Baroni. B
JEAN ARTHUR (Born on 10/17/1900)
"I was working most of the time, but my husband was very social. He went to everything. Once, we did go together to a party at Cary Grant’s house, when he was married to Barbara Hutton. The place was full of princes and things. It was a fabulous house, and Cary was fabulous. I guess Barbara was kind of fabulous, too. I tried to talk to her about her garden, because I had seen some beautiful things out there. But, you know, Barbara didn’t know a thing about her garden." Click here for the complete interview.
PETER BOYLE (Born on 10/18/35)
“I have a strong, full voice, capable of great sweetness, but I’m a very bashful singer. What I’d love to do is open in a nightclub that’s designed like a big bathroom, and my voice--a breathtaking blend of Waylon Jennings and Pavarotti, with just a touch of Mel Torme thrown in--would come out from behind a huge shower curtain, and the audience would say, ‘What a wonderful voice--who is that?’ But I’d never come out of the shower.” Click here for the complete interview.
CATHERINE DENEUVE (Born on 10/22/43)
“Aging is so difficult for a woman. Men, of course, have the same problem--you see them when they turn 50, divorcing and getting married again with a very young woman. To me, that’s very sad. But for an actress, aging is especially difficult, because we live so much in a world of image. I don’t struggle against it, but I cannot say that I like it. Women who say they like aging are liars." Click here for the complete interview.
CARRIE FISHER (Born on 10/21/56)
“The girl I play in ‘Star Wars’ is not an alcoholic, and she’s not a prostitute. She’s just a normal, sophisticated young woman. I don’t identify with the girl I played in ‘Shampoo.’ At least, I try not to. She was an angry girl, and her anger could never be resolved, because it was directed toward her parents. The way she attempted to work it out–the revenge way– was really awful. I just don’t know where my performance came from; it was as if I did the whole thing under water.” Click here for the complete interview.
RICHARD HARRIS (Born on 10/1/30)
"Two large glasses of fresh orange juice. Rye toast. Tea. Better have a couple of boiled eggs. And--now don't you get the idea I do this every morning--I'd love a Bloody Mary. Also, if there's any priority, could you please see to it that I get the Bloody Mary first? Because if I don't have a Bloody Mary immediately, I cannot live through the next 20 minutes." Click here for the complete interview.
CHARLTON HESTON (Born on 10/4/23)
“The stage is actors’ country. I’ve always felt the need to go back, to have my passport stamped. It would be a mistake to say there are no great films being made, but it is true that they do not offer roles like Macbeth or James Tyrone. Yet, when a stage production closes, it no longer exists the way a film does. If it were still possible to see Kean do ‘Richard III,’ probably nobody else would play the role, and if it were still possible to see Freddie March play James Tyrone in ‘Long Day’s Journey Into Night,’ maybe I wouldn’t be playing him now.” Click here for the complete interview.
LOUIS MALLE (Born on 10/30/32)
“I like to make films that force people to reconsider their ideas about childhood and about sex. I think I was especially successful in doing this with ‘Murmur of the Heart, which was a comedy about growing up, until the moment when the boy and his mother make love. That made people say, ‘My God, what am I seeing?’” Click here for the complete interview.
WALTER MATTHAU (Born on 10/1/20)
"I’ve heard about all the research Al Pacino and Robert De Niro do for their roles, and I think they’re both excellent actors. I have a hunch, though, that most of these guys are just trying to convince the critics that they’re serious, hard-working actors. But I don’t have to throw myself into a role that way, because I’ve lived everything-–I’ve been a waiter, a gambler, a pimp, a murderer. I’m from the ghetto, and the only time I do any research is when I play aristocracy." Click here for the complete interview.
SUSAN SARANDON (Born on 10/4/46)
"I went to a Catholic grade school and then to a public high school--which is where my mother says everything went wrong. It was a rather rude awakening to discover people could lead normal lives and still not be Catholic. And I was exposed to things I had never seen before--girls rolling on the floor, fighting and pulling one another's hair. Up until then, I'd spent my days praying for the strength to stand up to the communists when they came marching into the country to hang Catholic children. No doubt about it, I was on a spiritual trip." Click here for the complete interview.
GEORGE C. SCOTT (Born on 10/18/27)
“I’ve been interested in the subject of porno movies for some time. I find them an abhorrent form of exhibitionism, a cop-out in which the performers are the victims of unscrupulous people who will do anything to turn a dollar. I can empathize with the man I play in ‘Hardcore’ losing his daughter to the world of pornography; being the father of six, I can understand how he feels, though none of my children has gone that route…knock on wood.” Click here for the complete interview.