isobel lennart

“Gene’s interested in everything.  In every phase of picture making, of people, the arts, of politics, of - of everything.  And - and this quality can be irritating in a friend, as you probably know - he’s good at everything.  He’s even good at being lazy, sarcastic, and bad-tempered.  It’s those last which keep him out of the ranks of men you just admire and - to me - lifts him to being the sort of guy you can get mad at, and love.” - Isobel Lennart, 1946

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“So, I’d like to thank my co-producer Ray Stark for waiting till I grew up; and Jule Styne and Bob Merril for giving me such a great score to sing, and Isobel Lennart for writing such a terrific character and all the Hollywood people who made our show into a movie. Herb Ross and my dear Harry Stradling, who I haven’t let go since. And my dear friend and director William Wyler. Wow, it’s like, somebody once said to me, asked me if I was happy, and I said "Are you kidding? I’d be miserable if I was happy!” I’d like to thank all the members of the Academy for making me really miserable, thank you.“ [x]