1938 ~ Portrait with a French Accent, cont'd
He likes to tango. He travels by air only when he has to. His
conversational English is surprisingly glib.
He plays golf badly and thinks Garbo's fame will live long after she
leaves the screen. He sings a horrible basso-profundo but only
in the shower.
His suits are of only two colors -- blue and gray. He does not
like ice cream, and his one-word rule for happiness in marriage is "Compromise."
He has never had a nickname. His wife is Pat Paterson, English
He does not like baseball or football. His eyes are brown.
He plays checkers and chess and never wears an undershirt.
He seldom catches cold. His wife objects to his singing around
the house. He hates to wear tails and opera hats.
He likes to stay up
late nights... he abhors neckties and top hats -- that explains
him in part; you won't really know him until you read this delightful
His two best friends
are Maurice Chevalier and Philip Heriat, the French novelist. He
shaves with a safety razor. He is not gregarious by nature.
His favorite book is a French novel called "Two Men," a study
of friendship. He does not like ham and eggs.
He is a good driver and employs no chauffeur. He never wears
spats. He likes to spend money. He thinks there is something
strange about people who like caged birds in their homes. He
is a collector of fine books and numbers about three thousand in his
is very punctilious, has never owned a Rolls-Royce, and is not superstitious.
BOYER deplores the loss of the late Irving Thalberg and thinks his successor,
whoever he may be, will be far below him in courage, imagination
speaks with moderate gestures and his voice has a throaty quality.
He decries the numerous magazine digests and all shortcuts
Studying dialog comes easily to him. He says he has
"an indecent memory in French."
He has been happiest in Paris.
Eventually he would like to be a producer. He thinks
Hollywood has a vicious influence on marriage.
He is highly volatile. He likes dogs and cats, and
only wears socks of plain colors. He would like to
do the life of Molière on screen.
He does not like personal appearances, hamburgers, hot dogs, or
long underwear. He prefers American cigarettes and
smokes them incessantly. He thinks money important
He doesn't like publicity about himself. He is not
very thrifty and is a bad businessman. Though he dreams
of someday leading a quiet, simple life, he knows that he could
never stand it.
He believes a man should accumulate only enough money to provide
him comfort and security. He likes nightclubs, never
collects souvenirs, and often likes to be alone.
He hates posing for still pictures and is always self-conscious.