An Insider’s View of Hollywood

February 27, 2006

“This is the age of insincerity. The movies had the misfortune to come along in the twentieth century and, because they appeal to the masses, there can be no sincerity in them. Hollywood is tied hand and foot to the demands for artificiality of the masses all over the world.” — Lionel Barrymore, legendary stage and Hollywood actor, 1878-1954.

(Barrymore may be best known for his role as Mr. Potter in “It’s a Wonderful Life”. He is also actress Drew Barrymore’s great uncle. Here he is dressed in his role as terminally ill bookkeeper Otto Kringelein in the magnificent “Grand Hotel”, co-starring Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford and brother John Barrymore. It is available at the Multnomah County Library and Amazon.)

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