Garbo was shy, insecure. She felt that, as a person, she actually had nothing special or unusual for others to make a fuss over.
I went to [producer-director] Thomas H. Ince and said, 'I would like some retakes.' Retakes are costly, and when he pointed that out, I said, 'Yes, I know that, Tom, but I still want the retakes.' Now, Tom liked to gamble. I did, too. So I said, 'I'll tell what I'll do, Tom. Heads or tails. If you win, okay, then I pay for the retakes. If I win, you pay.' He said, 'Fine,' and he tossed. I felt that Tom would take chances, but I didn't think he would cheat, and he didn't. He never did. It was my week's salary for or against the retakes. And I won.
Actress Blanche Sweet about film pioneer Thomas H. Ince during the making of "Anna Christie" (1923)
I like people to be entertained, but I don't want it to be empty. I like to give some nourishment.
Acting is like peeling an onion. You have to peel away each layer to reveal another.
My three favorite directors are John Ford, John Ford and John Ford.
[In the 1930s] the influence of films upon manners and morals can hardly be overestimated. Clark Gable wore no undershirt in 'It Happened One Night'  and put a crimp in the undershirt industry. Hat manufacturers were irritated if a leading man wore no hat. Lobbyists were constantly at work in Hollywood attempting to get stars, male and female, to smoke; sometimes to get men to smoke cigars instead of cigarettes. I was offered a handsome gift if I could induce Ginger Rogers to smoke a cigar in a scene.
Is the moving picture to be the play of the future?
The New York Times, August 20, 1911