Consists of the ability to keep an audience from
coughing. Jean-Louis Barrault
Acting is honesty. If you can fake that, you've got
it made. George Burns
Acting is the expression of a neurotic impulse. It's a bum's life. Quitting
acting, that's the sign
Marlon Brando (b. 1924)
A poor traditionary fame. William Combe
A voluntary dream.
The art of speaking in a loud clear voice and the
avoidance of bumping into furniture.
Adapted from Alfred Lunt
To seem natural rather than to be natural.
Alan A. Milne
The lowest of art; if it is an art at all.
Acting isn't really a creative profession. It's an
interpretative one. Paul Newman
The ability to dream on cue.
The art of persuasion. The actor persuades himself,
first, and through himself, the audience.
Just one version of the unreal after another.
Just one big bag of tricks. Laurence Olivier
A masochistic form of exhibitionism. It is not quite the occupation
of an adult.
An art which consists of keeping the audience from coughing.
Acting is characterization, the process of two entities merging-the
actor and the role.
George C. Scott
That attempt to find universality, reality and truth in a world of pretending.
George C. Scott
To hold as `twere, the mirror up to nature.
One of the imitative arts.
A sad business where you crawl from hope to hope.
The moving picture of nature.
An actor is something less than a man, while an actress is something
more than a woman.
Richard Burton (1925-1984)
Dramatic art in her opinion is knowing how to fill a sweater.
Bette Davis (1908-1989)
on Jayne Mansfield
The first thing any comedian does on getting an unscheduled laugh is
to verify the state of his buttons; the second is to look around to see
if a cat has walked out on the stage.
W. C. Fields (1879-1946)
I may not be a great actress but I've become the greatest at screen
orgasms. Ten seconds of heavy breathing, roll your head from side to side,
simulate a slight asthma attack and die a little.
Candice Bergen (b. 1946)
The theatre is the best way of showing the gap between what is said
and what is seen to be done, and that is why, ragged and gaptoothed
as it is, it has still a far healthier potential than some poorer, abandoned
David Hare (b. 1947)
Every now and then, when you're on stage, you hear the best sound a
player can hear. It's a sound you can't get in movies or in television.
It is the sound of a wonderful, deep silence that means you've hit them
where they live.
Shelley Winters (b. 1922)
American film actress
Long experience has taught me that in England nobody goes to the theatre
unless he or she has bronchitis.
James Agate (1877-1947)
Drama is life with the dull bits cut out.
Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980)
Anglo-American film director
To save the Theatre, the Theatre must be destroyed, and actors and actresses
all die of the Plague … they make art impossible.
Eleanor Duse (1859-1924)
Runs the gamut of emotions from A to B.
Dorothy Parker 1893-1967
Attributed theater review, comment on a player
Generally speaking, the American theater is the aspirin of the middle
Wolcott Gibbs 1902-1958
FILM AND TELEVISION
The theater is like a faithful wife. The film is the great adventure
— the costly, exacting mistress.
Ingmar Bergman (b. 1918)
Swedish film and theater director
Movies are so rarely great art that if we cannot appreciate the great
trash we have very little reason to be interested in them.
Pauline Kael (b. 1919)
American film critic
To survive (in Hollywood), you need the ambition of a Latin-American
revolutionary, the ego of a grand opera tenor, and the physical stamina
of a cow pony.
Billie Burke (1885-1970)
In Europe an actor is an artist. In Hollywood, if he isn't working,
he's a bum.
Anthony Quinn (b. 1915)
I want a movie that starts with an earthquake and works up to a climax.
Samuel Goldwyn (1882-1974)
"Too caustic?" To hell with the cost, we'll make the picture anyway.
You can fool all the people all the time if the advertising is right
and the budget is big enough.
Joseph E. Levine (1905-1987)
You're not a star until they can spell your name in Karachi.
Humphrey Bogart (1899-1957)
If my film makes one more person feel miserable I'll feel I've done
Woody Allen 1937-
Television is the first truly democratic culture — the first culture
available to everybody and entirely governed by what the people want. The
most terrifying thing is what the people do want.
Clive Barnes (b. 1927)
Television is an invention that permits you to be entertained in your
living room by people you wouldn't have in your home.
David Frost (b. 1939)
I find television very educational. Every time someone switches it on
I go into another room and read a good book.
Groucho Marx (1895-1977)
I hate television. I hate it as much as peanuts. But I can't stop eating
Orson Welles (1915-1985)