1938 ~ Portrait with a French Accent, cont'd
has difficulty hiding his disdain for interviewers. His pet poet
is Baudelaire, the evil genius of French poetry.
He does not care much for horse racing and when he does go he rarely
places a bet. He dislikes movie openings. He partakes only
of fruit juices and coffee for breakfast.
His faith in mankind is practically nil. He has never had a press-clipping
He thinks the ideal home life in Hollywood is possible but difficult.
He dislikes perfume on men, and seldom drinks a cocktail before
He memorizes lines almost at a glance.
He has never worn a mustache off the screen. The only jewelry
he wears is a sapphire ring.
He is a good judge of stories, hates stiff collars, and has no physiological
weaknesses. He was nineteen when he first went on the professional
stage. He likes wine with dinner and Scotch and soda after. He
is strictly urban in his tastes, and the teachings of his first director,
Gremier, still influence his work.
He goes away from Hollywood at every opportunity. He is always
ready to deflate himself before anyone else has a chance to do so. He
was pampered and indulged as a youngster and made himself very unpopular
in the neighborhood.
He was twelve years old when he made love to his teacher, who advised
him to save his love-making for his stage career. He does
not like to wear uniforms.
His new home in Beverly Hills is old Mexican farmhouse style which he
has remodeled. He gets a great kick out of George Bernard
Shaw and does not like Swing music. At the Sorbonne he majored
in philosophy. His eyebrows arch into a triangle.
He is not
at ease on horseback. He would like to forget all the pictures
he made before Private Worlds, except the French picture,
He was a child prodigy. He would do nothing differently
if he had life to live over again.
He has a swimming pool and likes to go to the movies. He is five
feet, nine inches tall.
As a boy he liked to attend concerts, weddings, races, clinics,
and political meetings. His initial efforts in Hollywood
His meeting with Pat Paterson changed his lifelong determination
never to marry. He does not like visitors on the set
while he is working.
He is instinctively gracious and is a great admirer of Charles
Laughton. He is adept on skis and at the age of nine could
memorize an entire play.
He was advised not to go into pictures because in his original
tests he photographed badly.
He thinks Hollywood should display a little more courage in the
themes and subjects it films. He thinks sparkling Burgundy
His all-consuming passion is gambling at cards - chemin de fer,
poker, baccarat. He will gamble on the slightest provocation.
face, in repose, falters between a cynical smile and an analytic
questioning. He prefers traveling between pictures
and seeks places where he is not likely to be recognized.