William Faulkner (1897–1962) novelist
"Hollywood is a place where a man can get stabbed in the back while climbing a ladder."
"It's not Hollywood's fault. The writer is not accustomed to money. It goes to his head and destroys him."
Raymond Chandler (1888 – 1959) detective story writer.
"Wonderful what Hollywood will do to a nobody. It will make a radiant glamor queen out of a drab little wench who ought to be ironing a truck driver's shirts, a he-man hero with shining eyes and a brilliant smile reeking of sexual charm out of some overgrown kid who was meant to go to work with a lunch-box."
"They don't want you until you have made a name, and by the time you have made a name, you have developed some kind of talent they can't use. All they will do is spoil it, if you let them."
“Hollywood is wonderful. Anyone who doesn't like it is either crazy or sober.”
on Colleen Moore
"I was the spark that lit up flaming youth. Colleen Moore was the torch. What little things we are to have caused all that trouble."
"Joan Crawford is doubtless the best example of the flapper, the girl you see at smart nightclubs, gowned to the apex of sophistication, toying iced glasses with a remote, faintly bitter expression, dancing deliciously, laughing a great deal, with wide, hurtful eyes. Young things with a talent for living."
Ernest Hemingway (1899 - 1961) novelist
on Marlene Dietrich
"If she had nothing but her voice, she could break your heart with it. But she also has that beautiful body and the timeless loveliness of her face."
"Just a small town with notions."
"The only '-ism' Hollywood believes in is plagiarism."
"Hollywood money isn't money. It's congealed snow, melts in your hand, and there you are."
"There were times, when I drove along the Sunset Strip and looked at those buildings or when I watched the fashionable film colony arriving at some première ... that I fully expected God in his wrath to obliterate the whole shebang."
"A dreary industrial town controlled by hoodlums of enormous wealth, the ethical sense of a pack of jackals, and taste so degraded that it befouled everything it touched."
"The movie business is a gigantic rat fuck."
Tennessee Williams (1911 - 1983) Playwright
“Yes, movies! Look at them — All of those glamorous people — having adventures — hogging it all, gobbling the whole thing up! You know what happens? People go to the movies instead of moving! Hollywood characters are supposed to have all the adventures for everybody in America, while everybody in America sits in a dark room and watches them have them! Yes, until there's a war. That's when adventure becomes available to the masses! Everyone's dish, not only Gable's! Then the people in the dark room come out of the dark room to have some adventures themselves — Goody, goody! — It's our turn now, to go to the south Sea Island — to make a safari — to be exotic, far-off! — But I'm not patient. I don't want to wait till then. I'm tired of the movies and I am about to move!”
"Why pick on [Elia] Kazan just because he made a mistake sixteen years ago and joined the Communist Party when he didn't know what it was all about? If you keep it up, there won't be anybody out here but those who know how to make B-pictures."
on Lana Turner
"I think that it is one of the funniest but most embarrassing things that ever happened to me, that I should be expected to produce a suitable vehicle for this actress. I feel like an obstetrician required to successfully deliver a mastodon from a beaver."
Hunter S. Thompson (1937 - 2005) journalist and author
"The TV business is uglier than most things. It is normally perceived as some kind of cruel and shallow money trench through the heart of the journalism industry, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free and good men die like dogs, for no good reason."
Ray Bradbury (1920 - 2012) science fiction writer
"After 9/11, Hollywood promised they were going to make more family films, less violence, and things of that sort, well it's never happened. Films have gotten more violent. The Bond films are unwatchable now; I was around 45 years ago when the Bond films began. They were nice quiet little films, every 5 minutes a little bit of action perhaps. But now there's an explosion every 5 minutes and they set off 10 billion gallons of gasoline, and there are more macho selves being made today, in which people settle things with guns, and with machine guns. So things have not improved. They've gotten worse."
"People say to me, "What is Hollywood's responsibility?". The responsibility of Hollywood is to prove that we are human. Not with happy endings, but with moments we take away and remember."