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Born: 1925-02-02
Profession: Actress
Nation: American
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I think the most interesting New Yorkers are the people who were not born here.

Tags: Born, Here

I'm a good acting partner for me... when I don't have anyone else, I do really well!

Tags: Acting, Else, Good

I'm a hotel baby, absolutely: it's hard to think of a hotel I haven't stayed in.

Tags: Baby, Hard, Hotel

I'm funny when I want to be. And I'm even funny when I don't want to be.

Tags: Funny

Making clever speeches takes a lot of work and a lot of time.

Tags: Making, Time, Work

My idea of serenity - that wonderful word that everybody's trying to get into their life - is call-waiting.

Tags: Life, Trying, Wonderful

My movie career - if such a thing even exists - is laughable.

Tags: Career, Exists, Movie

New Yorkers stop me on the street all the time to say, 'You're terrific! You're the nuts!'

Tags: Stop, Street, Time

Talent is seductive.

Tags: Seductive, Talent

Talent is very dangerous. It alienates people.

Tags: Dangerous, Talent

The people in New York - their humor is on a level that goes, uh, very deep, you know?

Tags: Deep, Goes, Humor

There will always be ladies who lunch. Always. And apparently they live a long time.

Tags: Ladies, Lunch, Time

There's certainly nothing lasting and definite about the theater.

Tags: Definite, Lasting, Theater

There's something that really frightens me - and that's fear.

Tags: Fear, Frightens

This age thing is all up to you. It's like happiness is up to you. You just have to understand what it is before you get it.

Tags: Age, Happiness, Understand

When I want to do something badly enough, I do it, but there is a practical side of me that thinks I should be paid fairly.

Tags: Enough, Side, Thinks

When I'm playing comedy, it is such a crap shoot of what will work and what won't.

Tags: Comedy, Playing, Work

Why haven't I made more movies? Nobody asked me.

Tags: Movies, Nobody, Why

You can't be funny unless you're tragic, and you can't be tragic unless you're funny.

Tags: Funny, Tragic, Unless

You cannot tell an audience a lie. They know it before you do; before it's out of your mouth, they know it's a lie.

Tags: Cannot, Lie, Tell

You have to be very, very good looking to get ahead in motion pictures.

Tags: Good, Looking, Pictures

You never know what is happening to yourself when it is happening.

Tags: Happening, Yourself

I always say, 'If you can't give a reason for the banana peel being in the alley, then don't have the comic slide over it.' Do you understand what I mean? First explain how the banana peel got there quickly. And then there's a reason for all the comedy.

Tags: Give, Mean, Understand

I can't explain chemistry. I really can't. I haven't got a clue what it's all about. It just happens. It's like falling in love. You can't explain why you fall in love or explain why it's this particular person.

Tags: Fall, Love, Why

I could have made a lot of money doing 'Golden Girls,' and I would have been good. But the image of it! And for me to work with Betty White every day would be like taking cyanide.

Tags: Good, Money, Work

I have not had any of that surgical stuff. I am too curious to find out exactly how I progress every day of my life naturally. That is what fascinates me.

Tags: Life, Progress, Stuff
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I love holidays in New York. I love 'em. I want to celebrate something all the time, and New York has holidays for every day of the week, practically. I like holidays in New York City.

Tags: Love, Time, Week

I tell the truth, and it has gotten me into a lot of trouble. My dad used to say to me, 'If you tell the truth all day long, you will end up in jail.'

Tags: Dad, End, Truth

If I see a great performance on television, onstage, in the movies, I go to work the next day with a renewed energy and less fear. These great artists take me out of my life and make me want to go there.

Tags: Great, Life, Work

Let me tell you about those convents. All that crap about extending the pinkie finger while sipping tea is a myth. Convent schools are breeding grounds for great broads and occasionally one-of-the-boys. Convent schools teach you to play against everything, which is what I'm still doing.

Tags: Against, Great, Tell

The closer a part is to you, the harder it is to play. Anything else is just imitation. If I'm playing a Russian countess, I get the hat, the accent, the outrageousness. Easy. Playing a murderess? Perfect.

Tags: Easy, Else, Perfect

These performers that go on about their technique and craft - oh, puleeze! How boring! I don't know what 'technique' means. But I do know what experience is.

Tags: Boring, Experience, Means

What I want to understand is what I am talking about on the stage. What I don't want to understand is what the government is talking about when the government tells me about taxes.

Tags: Government, Talking, Understand

All of the writing on '30 Rock' is a joy to go into. It's pretty hot stuff.

Tags: Pretty, Rock, Writing

All you have to do is say, 'I'm going home,' and you're the most popular girl at the party.

Tags: Girl, Home, Party

As a diabetic, I'm a walking picnic. I have to eat measured amounts of food at certain times.

Tags: Eat, Food, Times

Audiences are not strangers to me. They're the best friends I've got in my life.

Tags: Best, Friends, Life

Betty White is probably a very nice woman.

Tags: Nice, White, Woman

Certain type of actresses get younger instead of older. I always say, 'Only ingenues age.'

Tags: Age, Older, Younger

Diabetes is a lousy, lousy disease.

Tags: Diabetes, Disease, Lousy

Fear is the base of what everybody does wrong in their lives.

Tags: Fear, Lives, Wrong

For me, going to London is like coming home. In fact, I've often entertained the idea of ending my days there.

Tags: Fact, Home, Often

I am not influenced by other human beings. But I am inspired.

Tags: Human, Influenced, Inspired

I care about money, very much. I want it. I don't ever want to be without it. My mother once said about me, 'Elaine has to have money.'

Tags: Care, Money, Mother

I compare Stephen Sondheim with humor, because humor is unanalyzable. You can't analyze humor. You just have to get through it.

Tags: Analyze, Compare, Humor

I do believe in the infallibility of the Pope, because I think we have to believe in something.

Tags: Pope

I don't have a great talent for explaining myself in acting because I can't explain it.

Tags: Acting, Great, Talent

I don't have to go to a doctor and have my face changed. It terrifies me that women do that.

Tags: Doctor, Face, Women

I don't think there's any thrill in the world like doing work you're good at.

Tags: Good, Thrill, Work

I don't want to see a movie twice. I don't want to do anything twice.

Tags: Movie, Twice

I don't wear a wig. I'd feel terrible onstage with a wig. I hate to be so 'Actors Studio'-ish, but I like to feel it's me out there.

Tags: Hate, Terrible, Wear

I find it easier to abstain than do a little bit of anything. I'm not a 'little bit' kind of dame. I want it all, whatever I do.

Tags: Abstain, Bit, Whatever

I have no intention of retiring. Even my blood sugar is better when I'm working.

Tags: Blood, Intention, Working

I like being talked about. I think some people really don't... because they're secure enough and they don't need that.

Tags: Enough, Secure, Talked

I love Birmingham, Michigan. It's lovely - you know, it's very similar to the Hamptons.

Tags: Love, Lovely, Michigan

I love reviews. Anybody who tells you they don't read reviews is a liar.

Tags: Liar, Love, Read

I never found anyone who could look after me as well as I could look after myself.

Tags: After, Anyone, Found

I think it's the wrong way around to say, 'When you get older move to the country.' I think when you get older you move to New York.

Tags: Country, Older, Wrong
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