A cowboy actor needs two changes of expression - hat on and hat off.
I once asked Barbara Stanwyck the secret of acting. She said, "Just be truthful - and if you can fake that you`ve got it made".
Carole Lombard was a wonderful girl. Swore like a man. Other women try, but she really did.
The two films I did with Billy Wilder, Double Indemnity (1944) and the The Apartment (1960), are the only two parts I did in my entire career that required any acting.
(on working with director Preston Sturges) At the end of this shoot, he said, "It`s been a pleasure working with you" and I said, "I wish I could say the same about you." I don`t like to be that way, but he was terrible, very cruel.
(on Barbara Stanwyck) I was lucky enough to make four pictures with Barbara. In the first I turned her in, in the second I killed her, in the third I left her for another woman and in the fourth I pushed her over a waterfall. The one thing all these pictures had in common was that I fell in love with Barbara Stanwyck -- and I did, too.
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