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Born: 1920-11-19
Profession: Actress
Nation: American
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I always tried to play my hunches.

Tags: Tried

I am not the kind of woman who excuses her mistakes while reminding us of what used to be.

Tags: Her, Mistakes, Woman

I dated dozens of young men, had fun with all, made commitments to none.

Tags: Fun, Men, Young

I do not recall spending long hours in front of a mirror loving my reflection.

Tags: Loving, Mirror, Reflection

I existed in a world that never is - the prison of the mind.

Tags: Existed, Mind, Prison

I followed the same diet for 20 years, eliminating starches, living on salads, lean meat, and small portions.

Tags: Diet, Living, Small

I had been offered a Hollywood contract before my 18th birthday. It gave me the spark I needed.

Tags: Birthday, Gave, Hollywood

I had no romantic interest in Gable. I considered him an older man.

Tags: Him, Older, Romantic

I hole up now and then and do nothing for days but read.

Tags: Days, Hole, Read

I learned quickly at Columbia that the only eye that mattered was the one on the camera.

Tags: Camera, Eye, Learned

I loved to eat. For all of Hollywood's rewards, I was hungry for most of those 20 years.

Tags: Eat, Hungry, Loved

I needed to be accepted, not humored. I intended to act.

Tags: Accepted, Act, Needed

I remember the 1940s as a time when we were united in a way known only to that generation. We belonged to a common cause-the war.

Tags: Remember, Time, War

I simply did not want my face to be my talent.

Tags: Face, Simply, Talent

I used to annoy my father by telling him how much I felt luck was with me.

Tags: Father, Him, Used

I used up every cent I earned as an actress.

Tags: Actress, Earned, Used

I was going to live on my salary or go down swinging.

Tags: Salary, Swinging

I was not cut out to be a rebel.

Tags: Cut, Rebel

I was plunged into what was known as the debutante social whirl. This was one of the ways fathers justified their own hard work and sacrifices.

Tags: Hard, Social, Work

I'm not sure I can explain the nature of Jack Kennedy's charm, but he took life just as it came.

Tags: Life, Nature, Sure

In later years, I craved foods that were almost always fattening.

Tags: Almost, Foods, Later

In my early days in Hollywood I tried to be economical. I designed my own clothes, much to my mother's distress.

Tags: Days, Early, Mother

It is difficult to write about any form of mental disease, especially your own, without sounding as if you were examining a bug under glass.

Tags: Difficult, Mental, Write
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It was the fashion of the time, still is, to feel that all actors are neurotic, or they would not be actors.

Tags: Fashion, Neurotic, Time

Life is a little like a message in a bottle, to be carried by the winds and the tides.

Tags: Life, Message, Winds

Men are wonderful. I adore them. They always give you the benefit of the doubt.

Tags: Doubt, Give, Men

My departure from Hollywood was described as a walk-out. No one understood that I was cracking up.

Tags: Departure, Hollywood, Understood

My mother would not talk to me for weeks, would not stay under my roof for as long as I was married to Oleg.

Tags: Married, Mother, Talk

The Hollywood structure was monopolistic, run by four or five big studios.

Tags: Big, Four, Run

The Howard Hughes I knew began to change after his plane crash in 1941.

Tags: After, Change, Knew

The main cause of my difficulties stemmed from the tragedy of my daughter's unsound birth and my inability to face my feelings.

Tags: Cause, Face, Feelings

The word actress has always seemed less a job description to me than a title.

Tags: Job, Less, Word

Those who become mentally ill often have a history of chronic pain.

Tags: Become, History, Pain

Throughout my career, I was to be cast as a frontier girl, an aristocrat, an Arabian, a Eurasian, a Polynesian, and a Chinese.

Tags: Career, Frontier, Girl

Trying to make order out of my life was like trying to pick up a jellyfish.

Tags: Life, Order, Trying

Unlike the stage, I never found it helpful to be good in a bad movie.

Tags: Bad, Found, Good

We cannot calculate the numbers of people who left, fled or were fished out of Europe just ahead of the Holocaust.

Tags: Cannot, Left

What a different world it was when I first sailed for Europe in 1930, with my mother, sister, and brother to spend six months abroad.

Tags: Brother, Mother, Sister

When I met Jack Kennedy, he was a serious young man with a dream. He was not a womanizer, not as I understood the term.

Tags: Dream, Serious, Young

When my mood was high, I seemed normal, even buoyant. I felt smarter. I had secrets. I could see God in a light bulb.

Tags: God, High, Light

I had known Cole Porter in Hollywood and New York, spent many a warm hour at his home, and met the talented and original people who were drawn to him.

Tags: Him, Home, Known

In the months leading up to World War II, there was a tendency among many Americans to talk absently about the trouble in Europe. Nothing that happened an ocean away seemed very threatening.

Tags: Away, Talk, War

Jealousy is, I think, the worst of all faults because it makes a victim of both parties.

Tags: Both, Jealousy, Makes

I have a role now that I think becomes me. I am a grandmother.

Tags: Becomes, Role

I admire anyone who rids himself of an addiction.

Tags: Addiction, Anyone, Himself

Some women feel the best cure for a broken heart is a new beau.

Tags: Best, Moving On, Women

I was fine when it came to cheering up others, not so fine with myself.

Tags: Cheering, Fine, Others

Wealth, beauty, and fame are transient. When those are gone, little is left except the need to be useful.

Tags: Beauty, Left, Wealth

When you have spent an important part of your life playing Let's Pretend, it's often easy to see symbolism where none exists.

Tags: Easy, Life, Often

I approached everything, my job, my family, my romances, with intensity.

Tags: Family, Intensity, Job

About my career I was serious and earnest, sometimes impatient.

Tags: Career, Serious, Sometimes

Children don't understand about people loving each other and then suddenly not.

Tags: Children, Loving, Understand

Eccentric behavior is not routinely noticed around a movie set.

Tags: Behavior, Movie, Noticed

I ask myself: Would I have been any worse off if I had stayed home or lived on a farm instead of shock treatments and medication?

Tags: Ask, Home, Off

I knew I could not cope with the future unless I was able to rediscover the past.

Tags: Able, Future, Past

I was fortunate enough to work under directors who were, most of them, brilliant, emotional men.

Tags: Emotional, Men, Work

There were days that I worked all the time, without a layoff, or a rest, finishing one picture and reporting for another sometimes on the same day.

Tags: Another, Sometimes, Time

Rehearsals and screening rooms are often unreliable because they can't provide the chemistry between an audience and what appears on the stage or screen.

Tags: Between, Chemistry, Often

As an actress, I was trained to show emotion I did not feel, or no emotion at all.

Tags: Actress, Emotion, Show

Cars, furs, and gems were not my weaknesses.

Tags: Cars, Gems, Weaknesses

Chaplin was notoriously strict with his sons and rarely gave them spending money.

Tags: Gave, Money, Spending

Day after day, I spent long afternoons in the talent pool, being told how to walk, how to talk, how to sit.

Tags: After, Talent, Talk

Everyone should see Hollywood once, I think, through the eyes of a teenage girl who has just passed a screen test.

Tags: Everyone, Eyes, Girl

Fonda and Gary Cooper had the best sense of timing of all the actors I knew.

Tags: Best, Knew, Sense

For years it never occurred to me to question the judgment of those in charge at the studio.

Tags: Judgment, Question, Studio

Hollywood can be hard on women, but it did not cause my problems.

Tags: Hard, Problems, Women

Houses are one of my passions. I probably should have been an interior decorator.

Tags: Houses, Interior, Passions
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