Carice van Houten on Vine, part II.
“I’ll never forget the day Marilyn and I were walking around New York City, just having a stroll on a nice day. She loved New York because no one bothered her there like they did in Hollywood, she could put on her plain-jane clothes and no one would notice her. She loved that. So as we we’re walking down Broadway, she turns to me and says ‘Do you want to see me become her?’ I didn’t know what she meant but I just said ‘Yes’- and then I saw it. I don’t know how to explain what she did because it was so very subtle, but she turned something on within herself that was almost like magic. And suddenly cars were slowing and people were turning their heads and stopping to stare. They were recognizing that this was Marilyn Monroe as if she pulled off a mask or something, even though a second ago nobody noticed her. I had never seen anything like it before.” - Amy Greene, wife of Marilyn’s personal photographer Milton Greene
James Dean photographed jumping between train cars on the set of East of Eden in 1954.
Larry Swindel says, “Kazan told me he was first attracted by Dean’s wonderful use of a very athletic body and that body-acting is a natural faculty that can’t be taught.” Isabel Draesemer, Dean’s first agent, had noticed the same thing: “To me,” she says, “his sex appeal lay in his mouth and below - the use of his body.”