"Cary was magical. He was touched by the gods in the sense that he was different from everyone else. When he walked into a room, you had to look at him. Men liked him as well as women, and that’s incredibly rare. Men found him nonthreatening. If a woman said, ‘I’m in love with Cary Grant,’ most men couldn’t blame her."
"Most celebrities are concerned with how they look and how people react to them. Cary reacted to other people. His success never went to his head. There are people who would walk into a room and say, ‘Here I am.’ Cary walked in and said, ‘There you are.’"
-Abigail Van Buren
"I remember his laughter. We always laughed a lot when we were together… He was like a great warm fireplace. He warmed you and made you feel super. He was what one would hope a movie star would be like."
"Dad used the expression ‘good stuff’ to declare happiness or, as one of his friends put it, he said it when pleased with the nature of things. He said it a lot. He had a happy way of life. His life was ‘good stuff.’"
In the book, you tell a delightful tale of an afternoon spent kissing Clark Gable on an MGM soundstage.
That was my screen test! He was very much older than I was, and I could never figure out why he did it. I could never figure out how Mayer talked him into doing a screen test with me. I was 18, and that was awfully young for Clark Gable at the time. I wondered at the time why he was doing it, though he was as sweet as he could be about it. He didn’t learn the lines; he just kissed me five times. But he gave me the answer as he was leaving. It was one of those scenes where you’re all huddled over in a corner of one of these big empty sound-stages, and as he was walking toward that heavy door and they were about to open it, he said to Carole Lombard, who was on his arm—he had brought her to see him do the screen test—he said, “I told you I was going to kiss me a mermaid today.”
- Esther Williams interview by Brett Leveridge (x)