Charles Laughton, who starred with me in The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933) was my mentor, as was Noel Coward, who really started me off in my career. I came to America in 1934 and had always been involved in the theatre, so I didn't think films were quite up my alley. One of my most memorable experiences was when I made The Last of the Mohicans (1936) with Randolph Scott. In the scene where we are crossing the river, I had high rubber boots on and there were snakes in the water. I was frightened and I didn't have a stunt woman. This was before the Guild had a contract. We did most of it ourselves. Back then I worked all hours of the day and night. Actors today, gosh, they have a good life, just look at what SAG has accomplished for us.