cheap and rather tawdry by comparison.
It wasn't really me to put on airs, to be excitable and fluttery, to be
late when I'd been brought up to respect punctuality.
I hate crowds. I never go to big parties, I don't even like double dates.
I really could say "I tank I go home" myself -- and mean
it. In fact, I often do. But most girls experiment with themselves for
a time, try different airs and graces and poses, as they try on
all right if
the airs and graces don't stick and become a part of you.
She taught me not to borrow from other people. She taught me not to
borrow their mannerisms, their eccentricities, their fads, any more
than I would borrow their clothes, their cars, their jewels and keep
them for myself.
is always on time on the set - to the minute. She would make anyone
else seem pretty silly if he were not at least equally prompt.
She taught me consideration for others. Like many girls, I thought that
actresses were sort of special, were exempt from conventional creeds
Garbo taught me how young and ignorant that point of view really is.
By her unfailing promptness, by her courtesy to the men working on the
sets, by being always letter-perfect in her lines and by her generosity
to those working with her, she gave me a standard I know I shall never
She has no petty fears about footage and camera angles and whether or
not she is getting more, as star, than members of the supporting cast.
She does her work thoroughly and she expects others
to do the same.
"Whatever simplicity and honesty I put into my role in 'Ah, Wilderness'
is due to her. I don't think," said Cecilia, "that I would
have been up to it if I hadn't had the experience of working with
Garbo. "She taught me poise, too. She taught me how much more beautiful
and impressive it is to bear yourself quietly and
with dignity and without circus show-off tactics."