August 11, 2013

Who said...?

A series of quotes:
I never enjoyed working in a film.

In Europe, it doesn't matter if you're a man or a woman - we make love with anyone we find attractive.

A country without bordellos is like a house without bathrooms.

The weak are more likely to make the strong weak than the strong are likely to make the weak strong.

If there is a supreme being, he's crazy.
Answer: here.


Big Mike said...

The Supreme Being isn't crazy; he just enjoys having a standing joke with Al Gore.

Indigo Red said...

Without looking, that would definitely be Marlene Dietrich.

Mamie said...

I never enjoyed working in a film.

And no wonder -- she had pins stuck in her head:

With cosmetic surgery in its genesis stage, few stars would have dared have a full facelift. So Marlene Dietrich invented her own rudimentary technique to hold back the years.

During the filming of the 1944 film Kismet when Dietrich was 43, she had her make up artists twist tiny strands of her hair around hairpins which were then pulled fiercely tight and fixed further back onto her head - sometimes with such determination they would draw blood.

A 1940s version of the so-called Croydon facelift, if you like.

Dietrich was also one of the first to use surgical tape to pull back the skin on her face, hiding the tape in her hairline or under a wig (and also used it when wearing strapless gowns to create a bra).

Later, when she was in her fifties, Dietrich went even further with her ingenious anti-ageing methods.

The star would run a fine gold chain under her chin and behind her ears that would be concealed by her hair. The chain pulled back sagging skin and held it in place, making her look decades younger.

The Supreme Being is crazy?

Anonymous said...

She was quite the libertine. I hear the song Lili Marlene when I think of her. It must've taken courage to turn her back on her country during the war. I'm sure it was rough for her mother there, with Dietrich siding with the US. Interesting woman.

traditionalguy said...

If there was a war on women, Marlene made sure she won it.

Mamie said...

Forgot to give the link to that article on Dietrich's facelift techniques; it's here.

Ann Althouse said...

"It must've taken courage to turn her back on her country during the war."

In the documentary "Marlene," which I rewatched yesterday, she scoffs at the idea that it took courage. It was nothing. An obvious thing to do and not difficult.

Ann Althouse said...

Compare "Wonderful Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl," which has a section in it with LR disrespecting Marlene Dietrich for doing what was only in her self interest.

cf said...

I liked this one, too, it is so true:

"Once a woman has forgiven a man, she must not reheat his sins for breakfast."

Anonymous said...

It may not have been difficult for her, and in her own self interest. I would've been haunted daily with the knowledge that my mother and family were there and were in added danger because of my loyalties to the Allied Forces.

I'm not blaming her for her decision though. He life as an actress was already established in the US by then, I think. I'll have to watch the documentary, "Marlene" and rewatch the Leni Riefenstahl documentary, two fascinating women.