I talked to her in her dressing room, told her the meaning of the scene, the points of emphasis, the pauses. I talked softly, not wishing to fan the smoldering fires that lurked beneath that somber silence. She remembered every word I said - and she never blew a line.
It is true that directors often fall in love with their leading ladies - at least while making a film together. They come to know each other so intimately - more so than some married couples - and their relationship is so close emotionally, so charged creatively, it can easily drift into a Pygmalion and Galatea affinity; or, as true in some cases, it can slip into a hypnotic Svengali and Trilby association. I fell in love with Stanwyck, and had I not been more in love with Lucille Reyburn I would have asked Barbara to marry me after she called it quits with Frank Fay.
- Frank Capra (The Name Above the Title)