She was the most beautiful, glorious creature then. Film posters cried, “There was never a woman like Gilda” — and they were right. There has never been anyone in the history of movies that had such a magical presence on film. She was delightful and sexy, and she moved with such grace and glamour. We had worked together when we were both coming up in the business, and then she had zoomed to the top.
I can remember when we were at Camp Pendleton [the Marine Corps base near San Diego], and every young Marine there had her picture pinned up in every locker and on every wall. I would see her in those very sexy pinup poses in slinky lingerie and think how different her image seemed from the very shy brunette I knew when we were making The Lady in Question.
“She just threw herself into things, and when you see the abandon with which she would dance, all you know is you want to watch her. And you’ll watch her in almost anything - you’d watch her wearing a paper bag. You’d rewind and watch it again, and rewind and watch it again.”