"Hollywood, I believe, is full of unhappy people. Many of its notables are successful and rich, but I don’t think that many of them are satisfied. The sort of attention that falls upon a movie personnage is irksome, and, in most of its aspect, insulting. There may be men and women out there who enjoy being pawed and applauded by millions of idiots, but if so I am not acquainted with them. I recall a conversation with the late Valentino. He was precisely as happy as a small boy being kissed by two hundred fat aunts."
H.L. Mencken on Hollywood actors and Rudolph Valentino (extract from Louise Brooks by Barry Paris)
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