A short article from June 1940 in which actress Ann Sheridan describes her ideal man:
Right here I’d like to mention that I don’t go around describing, unsolicited, my masculine ideal to everyone I meet. What I mean is, I was asked by Movie Mirror to do this…so in describing the sort of man I would choose if I were to marry I’m contriving a sort of composite of several men I know and like and admire…
He’d dance like Cesar Romero. The Romero dancing is in a class by itself.
He’d have Joel McCrea’s physique–tall, square-shouldered, rangy and not an ounce of spare fat on him! I hate bay windows, even small ones.
He’d have Clark Gable’s eyes, gray-blue and the kind that look at your straight. He’d have Gable’s nose and simples and his strong square chin.
He’d have Tyrone Power’s teeth, strong and white.
And Bob Taylor’s mouth, the most sensitive man’s mouth I’ve ever seen.
He’d have the charm of manner such as Gary Cooper possesses.
And he’d have the courtliness and poise that mark Franchot Tone.
He’d have Jimmy Cagney’s gentleness and his high morning spirits.
My composite would have Charles Boyer’s voice, slightly mysterious, caressing, the most persuasive voice I’ve ever heard.
And William Powell’s hands, the unmistakable hands of a gentleman.
And George Brent’s sense of humor. I’d rather marry a double-dyed villain than a man without a sense of humor. He’d have George Brent’s sophistication–that savoir-faire which is an indescribable combination of tolerance, wisdom, mental and social balance; and George Brent’s quick intellect, George Brent’s dependability, George Brent’s quiet air of authority which tells you if you were married to him he’d be the boss–but you’d like it!
Important to note here is that Ann was in the midst of a love affair with George Brent at the time of this article (can you tell?). Apparently she didn’t like George being the boss in marriage, however—they were married in 1942 and the union lasted only one year.
That is quite a man she built though!