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date: 25 February 2020


  1. How different, how very different from the home life of our own dear Queen!
    comment overheard at a performance of Cleopatra by Sarah Bernhardt
    Anonymous: Irvin S. Cobb A Laugh a Day (1924) (probably apocryphal)
  2. For an actress to be a success, she must have the face of a Venus, the brains of a Minerva, the grace of Terpsichore, the memory of a Macaulay, the figure of Juno, and the hide of a rhinoceros.
    Ethel Barrymore 1879–1959 American actress: George Jean Nathan The Theatre in the Fifties (1953)
  3. The basic essential of a great actor is that he loves himself in acting.
    Charlie Chaplin 1889–1977 English film actor and director: My Autobiography (1964) ch. 16
  4. Don't put your daughter on the stage, Mrs Worthington,
    Noël Coward 1899–1973 English dramatist, actor, and composer: ‘Mrs Worthington’ (1935 song)
  5. An actor is a kind of a guy who if you ain't talking about him ain't listening.
    George Glass 1910–84 American film producer: Bob Thomas Brando (1973); often quoted by Marlon Brando, 1956 onwards
  6. Actors are cattle.
    Alfred Hitchcock 1899–1980 British-born film director: in Saturday Evening Post 22 May 1943
  7. She ran the whole gamut of the emotions from A to B.
    of Katharine Hepburn at a Broadway first night, 1933
    Dorothy Parker 1893–1967 American critic and humorist: attributed