February 2, 2010
“I’ll never forget. Before we worked together in “Mask of Fu Manchu”, during the summer we had a terrible drought. Boris was making “Frankenstein”. I lived above him in Coldwater Canyon. One evening, I was driving home when I nearly drove my car into a ditch! There in a beautiful garden was the Monster itself, tenderly watering the roses. Boris was such a dedicated gardener that he was afraid he’d lose the roses to the heat, so had rushed home without taking off his makeup to catch them at sundown – the best time for watering… It was quite a sight.”
— Charles Starrett
This anecdote from the website, Peeping Tom. Please forgive any errors in my translation.