Photoplay 1938 ~ Portrait with a French Accent, cont'd
He is familiar with every book in his library - which makes him practically unique among Hollywood's celebrities.
He is a good sailor.
He enjoys staying up late at night.
He plays the violin atrociously.

His name is pronounced boy-yay.  He doesn't give many parties and never wears glasses.
He enjoys taking long walks alone.
He has never known hardship.
He is very fond of champagne.
He believes in matrimonial vacations, and has grave doubts concerning the future of the world.

Greta Garbo's Napoleon believes that life in the seventeenth century in France was the richest.  He never spoke English until he came to America. He thinks modern inventions have added nothing to the sum total of human happiness.   He plays a fairly good game of tennis and wears a felt hat for years before discarding it.

Boyer gets along easily with directors.  He loathes coloratura sopranos and refuses to go to fortune tellers.
He buys many neckties and seldom wears any.  He enjoys reading Sinclair Lewis.   He was born in Figeac, France, a small town.   He is not athletically inclined.  He speaks German and uses very little make-up for his work.  He is especially addicted to biographical novels.  He particularly enjoys the company of Anatole Litvak, the director (husband of Miriam Hopkins), and Charles Farrell.  He never wears high-top shoes.

He is often moody and depressed.  He likes colored shirts and it amuses him to go with his wife when she shops for clothes.

He likes oysters, dislikes clams, and considers himself a realist.  His favorite singer was the late Chaliapin. The house he was born in was a large affair with a shop on the ground floor where his father sold agricultural implements.

He likes modernistic furniture and his attitude toward life is permeated with anything that can be expressed with a shrug.   "Why worry about anything and why look ahead.  Anything is liable to happen in a world that is changing so rapidly. It is impossible to predict the things of tomorrow."

He thinks the Champs Elysées the most beautiful street in the world.  His parentage for many generations is French.
He considers Caravan his worst picture.
He regrets his neglect of what he terms a mild sort of writing talent which was evidenced in some articles published in Paris.   He likes his wife to wear very subtle perfumes.  
He believes strongly that color on the screen will eventually destroy the very romance and make-believeness that are its greatest attractions.

He was always popular with girls, and has never owned a beach house.  
His outstanding performance on the stage was in Bernstein's "Melo."         continue

 

 

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