I feel blessed that so many fans have expressed their pleasure at watching the Turner Classics showing of many of my films. Your praise, support, and love make life warm and cozy for me, and I can’t thank you enough.
One of the eerie aspects of watching a retrospective like that is you see many people who are no longer with us. I was struck by how much everyone smoked in those movies. It was a given in film of that era that people were continually lighting up. I recall many migraines during the filming of several movies that were brought on, I now know, by the clouds of cigarette smoke swirling around me. I pretended to smoke in a couple of them and that was a real ordeal. I couldn’t help but notice that most of the people who died were smokers.
That said, it was a really lovely experience watching my movies—a couple of which I had not seen. Regardless of what some critics may say, audiences have approved of them, and that is the sweetest revenge of all. My deepest appreciation to all of you.