“Stephen Boyd Explains His Concept of Beauty” – 1962 Interview

“Stephen Boyd Explains His Concept of Beauty”

Chicago Tribune, Dec 17, 1962 by Arlene Dahl


I asked Stephen Boyd one question: “What is your concept of beauty?”

The answer he gave me, as we sipped coffee together in the Hollywood Brown Derby, amounted to an entire interview–and a fascinating one at that!

“I don’t like beauty,” was his startling reply, “in itself,” he qualified.

The never-to-be-forgotten ‘Messala’ in ‘Ben Hur’ and Doris Day’s current co-star in M-G-M’s ‘Jumbo’ explained.

“I prefer women who are attractive to women who are merely beautiful. Beauty is not enough.

“I believe that women with imperfect features can be attractive, and even beautiful. The difference is in the confident, positive feeling that comes from within.”

Stephen spoke in a deep, resonant voice that one doesn’t soon forget. I noticed, too, his dark, unruly hair and penetrating Irish blue eyes, as he went on to define this ‘feeling.’

“It’s not something you put on, like make-up. but if wearing make-up gives a women a feeling of beauty, she will be attractive.

“We all need something to give us confidence. When you go into something new–applying for a job, for instance – to cope with the situation better don’t you wear something that has always made you feel comfortable?

“Everything that you have experienced, if you use it to you benefit, makes you more attractive. This applies especially to women, who have a deeper sense of experience.

“Both women and men, from the time they are formed into life until they are informed out of life, can be attractive. The whole thing of living in this positive approach. With it you can make yourself and your life as attractive as you want them to be!”

Stephen agreed that both inner and outer attractiveness take work. Testimony to the latter is his marvelous physique.

“The movies I do keep me fit,” he said, “I got more exercise playing a trapeze artist in ‘Jumbo’ than I’d gotten all my life. I spent two months learning to do trapeze work and tightrope walking.

“As a result, I have never felt better.”

An I’m certain that Stephen has never looked better!


Jimmy Durante, Martha Raye and Stephen Boyd during the filming of “Billy Roses’s Jumbo” in early 1962

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“I got more exercise playing a trapeze artist in ‘Jumbo’ than I’d gotten all my life. I spent two months learning to do trapeze work and tightrope walking.”

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“Will Success Spoil Stephen Boyd?”- Interview with Stephen Boyd by Joe Hyams, 1962

This is the second interview by Joe Hyams of Stephen Boyd. Apparently Joe Hyams found Stephen to be “a bore” in this interview,  which only happened two years after the first one (see https://stephenboydblog.wordpress.com/2017/01/08/good-at-research-stephen-boyd-serious-in-romantic-ventures-by-joe-hyams-interview-from-1960/). In my opinion,  however, Boyd hasn’t changed, as Joe Hyams seems to think. By this point in his career, Stephen has more to lose, and so obviously he’s taking things very seriously. Or maybe Stephen didn’t feel like turning up the Irish charm for this conversation or giving any tabloid fodder to Hyams! Anyway, in this interview Stephen talks about his financial security, and praises the acting ability (and figure) of his most recent co-star Doris Day. Stephen had also just completed filming “Imperial Venus” in Italy with Gina Lollobrigida and was just about to start the filming of “The Fall of the Roman Empire” in Spain.

Star Tribune, October 30, 1962