Marilyn on her co-stars Jane Russell (from ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.’) Betty Grable and Lauren Bacall (from ‘How To Marry A Millionaire.’)
” I had worked with a lot of women those first movies– Jane Russell, Betty Grable, Lauren Bacall. They were all wonderful, and I was in such awe of them. They were giants. Everybody expected such fireworks.
Jane and I had an immediate rapport.. I sure learned a lot from her. I also learned through her the importance of having friendly people around, the best artisans in the business.. Howard Hughes saw to that.
Betty was adorable. So funny and so witty, she kept all of us in stitches. Bacall showed a professionalism I found remarkable. She was always prepared, knew her lines and her character, but she wasn’t so rigid that she couldn’t improvise when something unexpected came up.”
Excerpt from “Mimosa: Memories of Marilyn & the Making of The Misfits.”
Book by Ralph Roberts