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"My greatest strength is common sense. I'm really a standard brand - like Campbell's tomato soup or Baker's chocolate."

"I was brought up by two extremely intelligent people who gave me the greatest gift that man can give anyone, and that is freedom from      fear."

"Most people are raised to believe they're as good as the next person; I was always told I was better."

"You can't change the music of your soul."


"Who is Katharine Hepburn? It took me a long time to create that creature."

"I always wanted to be a movie actress. I thought it was very romantic. And it was."

"When I started out, I didn't have any desire to be an actress or to learn how to act. I just wanted to be famous."

"Acting is a nice childish profession - pretending you're someone else and, at the same time, selling yourself."

"Acting is the most minor of gifts. After all, Shirley Temple could do it when she was four."

"Acting is the perfect idiotís profession."

"Itís a business you go into because your an egocentric. Itís a very embarrassing profession."

"I'm a personality as well as an actress. Show me an actress who isn't a personality, and you'll show me a woman who isn't a star."

"It's either some kind of electricity or some kind of energy. I don't know what it is, but whatever it is, I've got it."

On Hollywood: "They didn't like me until I got into a leg show."

"It's life isn't it? You plow ahead and make a hit. And you plow on and someone passes you. Then someone passes them. Time

"Life's what's important. Walking, houses, family. Birth and pain and joy. Acting is just waiting for a custard pie. That's all."

"If you give an audience a chance they will do half your acting for you."

"As for me, prizes are nothing. My prize is my work."

"I can't say I believe in prizes. I was a whiz in the three-legged race - that's something you CAN win."

"PoohĖthey told me when I smiled I looked like a horse but Iíve made it pay for years!"

"If you survive long enough, you're revered - rather like an old building."

"People have grown fond of me, like some old building."

"The average Hollywood film starís ambition is to be admired by an American, courted by an Italian, married to an Englishman and have
     a French boyfriend."

"Trying to be fascinating is an asinine position to be in."

"I think most of the people involved in any art always secretly wonder whether they are really there because theyíre good or there
     because theyíre lucky."

"Live it, do it, or shut up, there are no laurels in life ..... just new challenges."

"At my age, you don't get much variety - usually some old nut who's off her track."

"With all the opportunities I had, I could have done more. And if I'd done more, I could have been quite remarkable."

"Enemies are so stimulating."

"I was never a member of the feminine club. I never knew what other girls were talking about."

On those famed legs: "I wore tights onstage in ĎAs You Like Ití. Why donít I show them in films? Iíll tell you why, sir. I like to keep them
    a secret. I adore looking at them myself."


"I can remember walking as a child. It was not customary to say you were fatigued. It was customary to complete the goal of the

"Everyone thought I was bold and fearless and even arrogant, but inside I was always quaking."


"I welcome death. In death there are no interviews!"

"Death will be a great relief. No more interviews."

"Life is hard. After all, it kills you."

"I'm an atheist, and that's it. I believe there's nothing we can know except that we should be kind to each other and do what we can for
     each other."

"Listen to the song of life."

"'Isn't it fun getting older - it is really a terrible fallacy. That's like saying I prefer driving an old car with a flat tire."

"Someone asked someone who was about my age: 'How are you?' The answer was, 'Fine. If you don't ask for details."

"Not everyone is lucky enough to understand how delicious it is to suffer."

"I have no romantic feelings about age. Either you are interesting at any age or you are not. There is nothing particularly interesting
     about being old ó or being young, for that matter."

"It's a bore - B-O-R-E - when you find you've begun to rot."

"I'm what is known as gradually disintegrating. I don't fear the next world, or anything. I don't fear hell, and I don't look forward to

"I don't fear death, it must be like a long sleep."

"Afraid of death? Not at all. Be a great relief. Then I wouldn't have to talk to you."


"I never realized until lately that women were supposed to be the inferior sex."

"If youíre given a choice between money and sex appeal, take the money. As you get older, the money will become your sex appeal."

"It's a new low for actresses when you have to wonder what is between her ears instead of her legs."

"My father, a surgeon and urologist, studied sex professionally all his life. Before he died at 82, he told me he hadn't come to any
     conclusions about it at all."


"Dressing up is a bore. At a certain age, you decorate yourself to attract the opposite sex, and at a certain age, I did that. But Iím past
     that age."

"I wear my sort of clothes to save me the trouble of deciding which clothes to wear."

"I have one Ms. Walters. I'll wear it to your funeral."


"Loved people are loving people."

"Marriage is a series of desperate arguments people feel passionately about."

"Only the really plain people know about love - the very fascinating ones try so hard to create an impression that they soon exhaust
     their talents."

"Plain women know more about men than beautiful ones do. But beautiful women donít need to know about men. Itís the men who have
     to know about beautiful women."

"Plain women know more about men than beautiful women do."

"Being a housewife and a mother is the biggest job in the world, but if it doesnít interest you, donít do it - I would have made a terrible

"If you want to sacrifice the admiration of many men for the criticism of one, go ahead, get married."

"It's bloody impractical. 'To love, honor, and obey.' If it weren't, you wouldn't have to sign a contract."

"If you want to give up the admiration of thousands of men for the distain of one, go ahead, get married."

"Sometimes I wonder if men and women really suit each other. Perhaps they should live next door and just visit now and then."

"Only when a woman decides not to have children, can a woman live like a man. That's what I've done. "

"To be loved is very demoralizing. Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get - only with what you are expecting to
     give - which is everything."

"I have loved and been in love. There's a big difference."


"I never lose sight of the fact that just being is fun."

"I was born lucky, and I have lived luckily. What I had was used. What I still have is being used. Lucky."

"In some ways I've lived my life like a man, made my own decisions etc.. I've been as terrified as the next person, but you've got to
     keep going."

"Vitality! That't the pursuit of life, isn't it?"

"Life can be wildly tragic at times, and I've had my share. But whatever happens to you, you have to keep a slightly comic attitude. In
     the final analysis, you have got not to forget to laugh."

"Life is to be lived. If you have to support yourself, you had bloody well better find some way that is going to be interesting. And you
     donít do that by sitting around."

"The lack of work destroys people."

"I don't think that work ever really destroyed anybody. I think that lack of work destroys them a hell of a lot more."

"Wouldn't it be great if people could get to live suddenly as often as they die suddenly?"

"A sharp knife cuts the quickest and hurst the least."

"Genius is an infinite capacity for taking life by the scruff of the neck."

"Without discipline, thereís no life at all."

"We are taught you must blame your father, your sisters, your brothers, the school, the teachers - but never blame yourself. Itís never
     your fault. But itís always your fault, because if you wanted to change youíre the one who has got to change. It's as simple as that,
     isn't it?"

"To keep your character intact you cannot stoop to filthy acts. It makes it easier to stoop the next time."

"It would be a terrific innovation if you could get your mind to stretch a little further than the next wisecrack."

". . . as one goes through life one learns that if you don't paddle your own canoe, you don't move."

"I remember as a child going around with 'Votes For Women' balloons. I learnt early what it is to be snubbed for a good cause."


"Once a crowd chased me for an autograph. 'Beat it,' I said, 'go sit on a tack!' 'We made you,' they said. 'Like hell you did,' I told them."

"Drive on. We'll sweep up the blood later!"


"Never complain. Never explain."

"If you always do what interests you, at least one person is pleased."

"If you obey all of the rules, you miss all of the fun."

"If you obey all the rules you miss all the fun."

"I find a woman's point of view much grander and finer than a man's."

"Itís a rather rude gesture, but at least itís clear what you mean."

"Why slap them on the wrist with feather when you can belt them over the head with a sledgehammer."

"I donít care what is written about me so long as it isnít true."

"Life is full of censorship. I can't spit in your eye."


"I donít regret anything Iíve ever done,Ē she said, ďas long as I enjoyed it at the time."

"I have many regrets, and Iím sure everyone does. The stupid things you do, you regretÖ if you have any sense, and if you donít regret
     them, maybe youíre stupid."