Just because I have made a point of never losing my accent it doesn’t mean I’m an eel-and-pie yob.
[On kissing Marilyn Monroe] It’s like kissing Hitler.
It’s a scientific fact that if you stay in California you lose one point of your IQ every year.
Acting is standing up naked and turning around very slowly.
An actor is never so great as when he reminds you of an animal, falling like a cat, lying like a dog, moving like a fox.
On Coward: Taut, facially, as an appalled monolith; gracious, socially, as a royal bastard; tart, vocally, as a hollowed lemon.
You can pick out actors by the glazed look that comes into their eyes when the conversation wanders away from themselves.
Acting is a child’s prerogative. Children are born to act. Usually, people grow up and out of it. Actors always seem to me to be people who never quite did grow out of it.
It’s easy to direct while acting; there’s one less person to argue with.
I don’t want to read about some of these actresses who are around today. They sound like my niece in Scarsdale. I love my niece in Scarsdale, but I won’t buy tickets to see her act.