Some Hollywood hotties – past and present – reading books.

1) Marlon Brando.

2) Benedict Cumberbatch reading Love’s Labour’s Lost.

3) Tony Perkins reading Look Homeward Angel.

4) Charlie Hunnam reading… anything.

5) Joseph Gordan-Levitt reading Kenneth Anger’s Hollywood Babylon.

6) Paul Newman reading The Garrick Year, by Margaret Drabble.

7) Gregory Peck, not surprisingly, posed with To Kill a Mockingbird.

8) Farley Granger reading The Edge of Doom, by Leo Grady. (Farley starred in the 1950 film.)

9) River Phoenix reading War and Peace.

10) James Dean reading poetry by James Whitcomb Riley.

Old Hollywood Trivia

Barbara Stanwyck : Her stage name was inspired by a theatrical poster that read “Jane Stanwyck in ‘Barbara Frietchie.

- Started smoking when she was nine.

Jayne Mansfield : Was a classically trained pianist and violinist.

- Spoke five languages.

Shirley Temple : Her mother, Gertrude Temple, did her hair in pin curls for each movie. Every hairstyle had exactly 56 curls.

- At age six she became the first recipient of the juvenile Academy Award. To this day she is the youngest person ever to receive an Academy Award.

Marilyn Monroe : Because the bathing suit she wore in the movie Love Nest (1951) was so risque (for the time period) and caused such a commotion on the set, director Joseph M. Newman had to make it a closed set when she was filming.

- She was suggested as a possible wife for Prince Rainier of Monaco. But he picked actress, Grace Kelly, to be his wife.

Jean Harlow : Is known as the "original blonde bombshell”, pre-dating Marilyn Monroe as a blonde sex symbol.

- One of the last photos taken of Jean showed her carrying a copy of 'Gone with the Wind’. She was determined to read it, but as her illness progressed, couldn’t get past more than the first few pages.

James Dean : He said on numerous occasions that he did not expect to live past the age of 30.

- Elia Kazan, in his 1988 autobiography “A Life”, says that during the production of East of Eden (1955), he had to have Dean move into a bungalow near his on the Warner Bros. lot to keep an eye on him, so wild was his nightlife.

Greta Garbo : She liked to take walks on cemetaries.

- Left John Gilbert standing at the altar in 1927 when she got cold feet about marrying him.

Introverts are not smarter than extroverts. According to IQ scores, the two types are equally intelligent. And on many kinds of tasks, particularly those performed under time or social pressure or involving multitasking, extroverts do better. Extroverts are better than introverts at handling information overload. Introverts’ reflectiveness uses up a lot of cognitive capacity, according to Joseph Newman.

On any given task, he says, “if we have 100 percent cognitive capacity, an introvert may have only 75 percent on task and 25 percent off task, whereas an extrovert may have 90 percent on task.” This is because most tasks are goal-directed. Extroverts appear to allocate most of their cognitive capacity to the goal at hand, while introverts use up capacity by monitoring how the task is going.

But introverts seem to think more carefully than extroverts, as the psychologist Gerald Matthews describes in his work.

Extroverts are more likely to take a quick-and-dirty approach to problem-solving, trading accuracy for speed, making increasing numbers of mistakes as they go, and abandoning ship altogether when the problem seems too difficult or frustrating. Introverts think before they act, digest information thoroughly, stay on task longer, give up less easily, and work more accurately.

Introverts and extroverts also direct their attention differently: if you leave them to their own devices, the introverts tend to sit around wondering about things, imagining things, recalling events from their past, and making plans for the future. The extroverts are more likely to focus on what’s happening around them. It’s as if extroverts are seeing “what is” while their introverted peers are asking “what if.”

—  Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, 168.

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