"The great villains of our time lack an inner life — that ability to see beyond the bottom line. They are always on watch, always hunting for the next opportunity to exploit, the next prophecy to vulgarize, the next virgin to despoil. Endowed only with mere ambition where more evolved humans are gifted with imagination and empathy, they adapt the visionary ideas of others, of great humanist thinkers like Orwell, Huxley, Burgess, Dick and Clarke to name but a few, in service of the mundane. Thus the warnings of history are perverted into systems of repression, systems of degradation, systems of profit, systems of control, and thus human potential is muddied, bloodied and — ultimately — commodified into irrelevance."
James Byron Dean; Feb. 8th, 1931 - Sept. 30th, 1955
James Dean was more than a phenomenon or even a legend. He was far more than a cinematic genius who could act his balls off. He was simply the greatest screen experience of all time. The fact that he was cut off in his prime is unfortunate but irrelevant. The three films he left us with stand as their own monument. He remains indestructible. He accomplished only three roles, but he ruined the careers of a hundred other aspiring actors who tried to follow him. - Sammy Davis Jr.
When I was in acting school in New York, years ago, there was a saying that if Marlon Brando changed the way people acted, then James Dean changed the way people lived. He was the greatest actor who ever lived. He was simply a genius. - Martin Sheen
He was a human rocket who burned so fiercely and brightly that he blinded people. Life wasn’t big enough to contain him. If there is a hereafter, James Dean will appreciate the infinity of eternity. - Pegot Waring
Happy Birthday Madeline Kahn!
(September 29, 1942 -
December 3, 1999)
She was really a great gift to us all. … I saw art [in her], not just funny. But I saw a person who was gifted with art. I don’t think there’s anything that Madeline Kahn couldn’t do. Nobody could approach the magnificence and wonder of Madeline Kahn.
(Source: gloriaswanson, via speakless)