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"For an actress to be a success she must have the face of Venus, the brains of Minerva, the grace of Terpsichore, the memory of Macaulay, the figure of Juno, and the hide of a rhinoceros."
Ethel Barrymore
"Acting is the expression of a neurotic impulse. It's a bum's life. Quitting acting, that's the sign of maturity."
Marlon Brando
"The most important thing in acting is honesty. If you can fake that, you've got it made."
George Burns
"When I played drunks I had to remain sober because I didn't know how to play them when I was drunk."
Richard Burton
"You spend all your life trying to do something they put people in asylums for."
Jane Fonda
"When you finally learn how to do it, you're too old for the good parts."
Ruth Gordon
"I'm now at the age where I've got to prove that I'm just as good as I never was."
Rex Harrison
"Acting is the most minor of gifts and not a very high-class way of earning a living. After all, Shirley Temple could do it at the age of four."
Katherine Hepburn
"The important thing in acting is to be able to laugh and cry. If I have to cry, I think of my sex life. If I have to laugh, I think of my sex life."
Glenda Jackson
"I learned more about acting in about three months selling vacuum cleaners door to door than ever before or since on the stage."
Robert Morley
"No matter how well you perform there's always somebody of intelligent opinion who thinks it's lousy."
Sir Laurence Olivier
"Go to the Martin Beck Theater and watch Katherine Hepburn run the gamut of emotions from A to B."
Dorothy Parker
"The art of acting consists in keeping people from coughing."
Sir Ralph Richardson
"My mother (Ingrid Bergman) taught me everything I needed to know about film acting. Stare and let the music do it for you."
Isabella Rossellini
"I love acting. It is so much more real than life."
Oscar Wilde
"An actor entering through the door, you've got nothing. But if he enters through the window, you've got a situation."
Billy Wilder

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