Quotes from Classic Hollywood Actresses That You Didn't Know You Needed Today

  1. "Do you laugh in the right places? Then, you'll get along, in fair weather or foul. Humor is nothing less than a sense of the fitness of things. Something that's out of proportion, like an inflated ego, should strike you funny, particularly if it's your own inflated ego." - Carole Lombard
  2. "Egotism — usually just a case of mistaken nonentity." - Barbara Stanwyck
  3. On prejudice: "It is such a waste. It makes you logy and half-alive. It gives you nothing. It takes away." - Dorothy Dandridge
  4. When asked about what it was like to work with Tyrone Power: "I do not know Tyrone Power. I fucked him a lot, but I do not know him." - Frances Farmer
  5. On her bisexuality: "Going down on a woman gives me a stiff neck, going down on a man gives me lockjaw and conventional sex gives me claustrophobia." - Tallulah Bankhead
  6. "When a man gives his opinion, he's a man. When a woman gives her opinion, she's a bitch." - Bette Davis
  7. "The greatest gift is not being afraid to question." - Ruby Dee
  8. When asked to comment on the death of Marilyn Monroe: "A sex symbol is a heavy load to carry when one is tired, hurt and bewildered." - Clara Bow
  9. On her marriages to Sinatra, Mickey Rooney, & Artie Shaw: "Maybe, in the final analysis, they saw me as something I wasn't and I tried to turn them into something they could never be. I loved them all but maybe I never understood any of them. I don't think they understood me." - Ava Gardner
  10. "The first time you buy a house you see how pretty the paint is and buy it. The second time you look to see if the basement has termites. It's the same with men." - Lupe Velez
  11. "Every man I knew went to bed with Gilda... and woke up with me." - Rita Hayworth
  12. On her lifelong battle with mental illness: "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?" - Gene Tierney
  13. "When I die, my epitaph should read: She Paid the Bills. That's the story of my private life." - Gloria Swanson
  14. "My recipe for life is not being afraid of myself, afraid of what I think or of my opinions." - Eartha Kitt
  15. "I've never known exactly what a feminist is, except that I've been called one every time I express a sentiment that differentiates me from a doormat or a prostitute." - Mae West
  16. "Compromise and tolerance are magic words. It took me 40 years to become philosophical." - Hedy Lamarr
  17. "Bigger than life is not difficult for me. I am bigger than life." - Rita Moreno