Elaine Stritch

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All of the writing on '30 Rock' is a joy to go into. It's pretty hot stuff.
All you have to do is say, 'I'm going home,' and you're the most popular girl at the party.
As a diabetic, I'm a walking picnic. I have to eat measured amounts of food at certain times. Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
Audiences are not strangers to me. They're the best friends I've got in my life. Life
Betty White is probably a very nice woman.
Certain type of actresses get younger instead of older. I always say, 'Only ingenues age.'
Diabetes is a lousy, lousy disease.
Fear is the base of what everybody does wrong in their lives.
For me, going to London is like coming home. In fact, I've often entertained the idea of ending my days there.
I always say, 'If you can't give a reason for the banana peel being in the alley, then don't have the comic slide over it.' Do you understand what I mean? First explain how the banana peel got there quickly. And then there's a reason for all the comedy.
I am not influenced by other human beings. But I am inspired.
I can't explain chemistry. I really can't. I haven't got a clue what it's all about. It just happens. It's like falling in love. You can't explain why you fall in love or explain why it's this particular person. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I care about money, very much. I want it. I don't ever want to be without it. My mother once said about me, 'Elaine has to have money.' Money, Coins & Minting
I compare Stephen Sondheim with humor, because humor is unanalyzable. You can't analyze humor. You just have to get through it. Humor
I could have made a lot of money doing 'Golden Girls,' and I would have been good. But the image of it! And for me to work with Betty White every day would be like taking cyanide. Money, Coins & Minting ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I do believe in the infallibility of the Pope, because I think we have to believe in something.
I don't have a great talent for explaining myself in acting because I can't explain it.
I don't have to go to a doctor and have my face changed. It terrifies me that women do that. Women
I don't think there's any thrill in the world like doing work you're good at. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I don't want to see a movie twice. I don't want to do anything twice.
I don't wear a wig. I'd feel terrible onstage with a wig. I hate to be so 'Actors Studio'-ish, but I like to feel it's me out there.
I find it easier to abstain than do a little bit of anything. I'm not a 'little bit' kind of dame. I want it all, whatever I do.
I have no intention of retiring. Even my blood sugar is better when I'm working.
I have not had any of that surgical stuff. I am too curious to find out exactly how I progress every day of my life naturally. That is what fascinates me. Life
I like being talked about. I think some people really don't... because they're secure enough and they don't need that.
I love Birmingham, Michigan. It's lovely - you know, it's very similar to the Hamptons. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I love holidays in New York. I love 'em. I want to celebrate something all the time, and New York has holidays for every day of the week, practically. I like holidays in New York City. Time ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I love reviews. Anybody who tells you they don't read reviews is a liar. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I never found anyone who could look after me as well as I could look after myself.
I tell the truth, and it has gotten me into a lot of trouble. My dad used to say to me, 'If you tell the truth all day long, you will end up in jail.' Truth ;Families, Children & Parenting
I think it's the wrong way around to say, 'When you get older move to the country.' I think when you get older you move to New York.
I think the most interesting New Yorkers are the people who were not born here.
If I see a great performance on television, onstage, in the movies, I go to work the next day with a renewed energy and less fear. These great artists take me out of my life and make me want to go there. Life ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I'm a good acting partner for me... when I don't have anyone else, I do really well!
I'm a hotel baby, absolutely: it's hard to think of a hotel I haven't stayed in.
I'm funny when I want to be. And I'm even funny when I don't want to be. Humor
Let me tell you about those convents. All that crap about extending the pinkie finger while sipping tea is a myth. Convent schools are breeding grounds for great broads and occasionally one-of-the-boys. Convent schools teach you to play against everything, which is what I'm still doing.
Making clever speeches takes a lot of work and a lot of time. Time ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
My idea of serenity - that wonderful word that everybody's trying to get into their life - is call-waiting. Life
My movie career - if such a thing even exists - is laughable.
New Yorkers stop me on the street all the time to say, 'You're terrific! You're the nuts!' Time
Talent is seductive.
Talent is very dangerous. It alienates people.
The closer a part is to you, the harder it is to play. Anything else is just imitation. If I'm playing a Russian countess, I get the hat, the accent, the outrageousness. Easy. Playing a murderess? Perfect.
The people in New York - their humor is on a level that goes, uh, very deep, you know? Humor
There will always be ladies who lunch. Always. And apparently they live a long time. Time
There's certainly nothing lasting and definite about the theater.
There's something that really frightens me - and that's fear.
These performers that go on about their technique and craft - oh, puleeze! How boring! I don't know what 'technique' means. But I do know what experience is.
This age thing is all up to you. It's like happiness is up to you. You just have to understand what it is before you get it. Happiness & Unhappiness
What I want to understand is what I am talking about on the stage. What I don't want to understand is what the government is talking about when the government tells me about taxes. Government
When I want to do something badly enough, I do it, but there is a practical side of me that thinks I should be paid fairly.
When I'm playing comedy, it is such a crap shoot of what will work and what won't. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Why haven't I made more movies? Nobody asked me. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
You cannot tell an audience a lie. They know it before you do; before it's out of your mouth, they know it's a lie.
You can't be funny unless you're tragic, and you can't be tragic unless you're funny. Humor
You have to be very, very good looking to get ahead in motion pictures.
You never know what is happening to yourself when it is happening.