"Wet she's a star, dry she ain't" had some truth to it, but she was a very likable presence who provided some spectacular highlights for the "That's Entertainment!" series of feature films. She had a good head on her shoulders, too, and wrote an enjoyable autobiography. As sidwich observed on the Gene Kelly thread, definitely a star to have over for dinner. I get a kick out of "Jupiter's Daughter." RIP.
............In terms of star power, she was matched on screen only by Victor Mature, with whom she had an affair when they were making “Million Dollar Mermaid,” and by MGM’s all-American boy, Van Johnson, who wooed or was wooed by her in “Thrill of a Romance” (1945), “Easy to Wed” (1946), “Easy to Love” (1953) and “Duchess of Idaho” (1950).
“Just relax,” she recalled Mr. Johnson telling her after the first few days on “Thrill of a Romance.” “It’s your naturalness that’s going to make you a star.”