Cary Grant's Quotes

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1 [on Marilyn Monroe , his co-star in Monkey Business (1952)] She seemed very shy, and I remember that when the studio workers would whistle at her, it seemed to embarrass her.
2 [on Ingrid Bergman ] She wears no make-up and has big feet and peasant hips, yet women envy her ability to be herself.
3 [on aging] When people tell you how young you look, they are also telling you how old you are.
4 Hollywood is very much like a streetcar. Once a new star is made and comes aboard, an old one is edged out of the rear exit. There's room for only so many and no more.
5 When a young fellow like Louis Jourdan moves in on your field, you take stock of your assets and liabilities. It make you nervous.
6 I have no rapport with the new idols of the screen, and that includes Marlon Brando and his style of Method acting. It certainly includes Montgomery Clift and that God-awful James Dean . Some producer should cast all three of them in the same movie and let them duke it out. When they've finished each other off, James Stewart , Spencer Tracy and I will return and start making real movies again like we used to.
7 [In 1986 on what he finds attractive in a woman] A lack of artifice. I don't like a lot of make-up or a lot of perfume. If someone wears a lot of make-up, it shows me they're not happy with their features - it shows their insecurity.
8 Look at it this way, I've always tried to dress well. I've had some success in life. I've enjoyed my success and I include in that success some relationships with very special women. If someone wants to say I'm gay, what can I do? I think it's probably said about every man who's been known to do well with women. I don't let that sort of thing bother me. What matters to me is that I know who I am.
9 [Asked in 1986 why he no longer makes movies] There's too much heavy breathing and shooting going on.
10 If I had known then what I know now, if I had not been so utterly stupid, I would have had a hundred children and I would have built a ranch to keep them on.
11 [In 1986 on actresses] I've worked with Bergman. I've worked with Hepburn. I've worked with some of the biggest stars, but Grace Kelly was the best actress I've ever worked with in my life. That woman was total relaxation, absolute ease - she was totally THERE. She was an extraordinarily serene girl. Both she and Hitchcock were Jesuit-trained; maybe that had something to do with it.
12 My intention in taking LSD was to make myself happy. A man would be a fool to take something that didn't make him happy. I took it with a group of men, one of whom was Aldous Huxley . We deceived ourselves by calling it therapy, but we were truly interested in how this chemical could help humanity. I found it a very enlightening experience, but it's like alcohol in one respect: a shot of brandy can save your life, but a bottle of brandy can kill you.
13 [In 1986 about Hollywood and drugs] I don't know anything about drugs. None of the people I know is involved with drugs. Hollywood is a very hard-working town - you have to get up early, and you have to look good. If you read the "National Enquirer," you think drugs are everywhere, but I've never seen them.
14 [1983] I asked James Stewart recently if he had thought about dying. He said he hadn't at all. But I have.
15 [1981] I have no plans to write an autobiography, I will leave that to others. I'm sure they will turn me into a homosexual or a Nazi spy or something else.
16 [on Betsy Drake ] Betsy was a delightful comedienne, but I don't think Hollywood was ever really her milieu. She wanted to help humanity, to help others help themselves.
17 [ Charles Chaplin ] has given great pleasure to millions of people, and I hope he returns to Hollywood. Personally, I don't think he is a Communist, but whatever his political affiliations, they are secondary to the fact that he is a great entertainer. We should not go off the deep end.
18 The secret of comedy is doing it naturally under the most difficult circumstances. And film comedy is the most difficult of all. At least on stage you know right away if you're getting laughs or not. But making a movie, you have no way of knowing. So you try to time the thing for space and length and can only hope when it plays in the movie theaters months later that you have timed the thing right. It's difficult and it takes experience. I'll always remember the great actor, A.E. Matthews , who said on his death bed, "Dying's tough--but not as tough as comedy".
19 I can't portray Bing Crosby , I'm Cary Grant. I'm myself in that role. The most difficult thing is to be yourself - especially when you know it's going to be seen immediately by 300 million people.
20 There is no doubt I am aging. My format of comedy is still the same as ever. I gravitate toward scripts that put me in an untenable position. Then the rest of the picture is spent in trying to squirm out of it. Naturally, I always get the girl in the end. It may appear old-fashioned. There seems to be a trend toward satirical comedy, like The Apartment (1960). Perhaps it is because young writers today feel satirical living in a world that seems headed for destruction.
21 [1965] I don't like to see men of my age making love on the screen. Being a father will make me more free than I have ever been. It will be a great experience. I can't wait.
22 [1980] I have nothing against gays, I'm just not one myself.
23 There are only seven movie stars in the world whose name alone will induce American bankers to lend money for movie productions, and the only woman on the list is Ingrid Bergman .
24 I'd like to have made one of those big splashy Technicolor musicals with Rita Hayworth .
25 I think making love is the best form of exercise.
26 Everyone tells me I've had such an interesting life, but sometimes I think it's been nothing but stomach disturbances and self-concern.
27 For more than thirty years of my life I had smoked with increasing habit. I was finally separated from the addiction by Betsy [wife Betsy Drake ], who, after carefully studying hypnosis, practiced it, with my full permission and trust, as I was going off to sleep one night. She sat in a chair near the bed and, in a quiet, calm voice, rhythmically repeated what I inwardly knew to be true, the fact that smoking was not good for me; and, as my conscious mind relaxed and no longer cared to offer a negative thought, her words sank into my subconscious; and the following day, to my surprise I had no need or wish to smoke. Nor have I smoked since. Nor have I, as far as I know, replaced it with any other harmful habit.
28 [on Katharine Hepburn ] She was this slip of a woman and I never liked skinny women. But she had this thing, this air you might call it, the most totally magnetic woman I'd ever seen, and probably ever seen since. You had to look at her, you had to listen to her; there was no escaping her.
29 [ Charles Chaplin ] is waiting a long time at a trolley car stop. He's the first in line of what turns out to be a huge crowd. The trolley finally arrives, he's the first one on, but then the crowd behind him surges through the door and pushes him right through the door on the other side. And that's a lot like what Hollywood is like. When you're a young man, Douglas Fairbanks Sr. is driving. Wallace Beery is the conductor, and Charles Chaplin's got a front-row seat. You take your seat, and back behind you is Gary Cooper . He has got his long feet stuck out in front of one of the exit doors, and people keep tripping over him and onto the street. Suddenly a young man named Tyrone Power gets on. He asks you to move over. You make a picture with Joan Fontaine . You think you do a good job, but she wins the Oscar, and you get nothing. And pretty soon more and more people get on, it's getting very crowded, and then you decide to get off. When you get off the trolley, you notice that it's been doing nothing but going around in circles. It doesn't go anywhere. You see the same things over and over. So you might as well get off.
30 [on his many marriages] It seems that each new marriage is more difficult to survive than the last one. I'm rather a fool for punishment--I keep going back for more, don't ask me why.
31 I know they nicknamed us "Cash and Cary", but I never asked Barbara Hutton for a penny. I never married a woman for money, that's the God's truth. I may not have married for very sound reasons, but money was the least of them.
32 [on Irene Dunne ] Her timing was marvelous. She was so good that she made comedy look easy. If she'd made it look as difficult as it really is, she would have won her Oscar.
33 It's important to know where you've come from so that you can know where you're going. I probably chose my profession because I was seeking approval, adulation, admiration and affection.
34 I've often been accused by critics of being myself on-screen. But being oneself is more difficult than you'd suppose.
35 I tell you, in films, one doesn't really meet the audience. You don't get the impact or spirit of your audience, whereas when you are out in the public, you do.'
36 This, I love. I enjoy talking back and forth to people. You know, otherwise, I wouldn't get to meet the people.
37 Actors today try to avoid comedy because if you write a comedy that's not a success, the lack of success is immediately apparent because the audience is not laughing. A comedy is a big risk. This is a tremendously costly business and to put money into a picture that might not come off -- oh, that's pretty risky.
38 It takes 500 small details to add up to one favorable impression.
39 Mostly, we have manufactured ladies--- with the exception of Ingrid [ Ingrid Bergman ], Grace [ Grace Kelly ], Deborah [ Deborah Kerr ] and Audrey [ Audrey Hepburn ].
40 My father used to say, "Let them see you and not the suit. That should be secondary."
41 My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning and I go to bed at night. In between, I occupy myself as best I can.
42 [1970 Honorary Oscar acceptance speech] You know that I may never look at this without remembering the quiet patience of directors who were so kind to me, who were kind enough to put up with me more than once, some of them even three or four times. I trust they and all the other directors, writers and producers and my leading women have forgiven me for what I didn't know. You know that I've never been a joiner or a member of any particular social set, but I've been privileged to be a part of Hollywood's most glorious era.
43 The only really good thing about acting is that there's no heavy lifting.
44 To succeed with the opposite sex, tell her you are impotent; she can't wait to disprove it.
45 Divorce is a game played by lawyers.
46 I improve on misquotation.
47 My screen persona is a combination of Jack Buchanan , Noël Coward and Rex Harrison . I pretended to be somebody I wanted to be, and, finally, I became that person. Or he became me.
48 [About Burt Reynolds ] As well as being my, and the world's favorite light comedian, Burt is a very considerate and thoughtful man.
49 Everybody wants to be Cary Grant. Even I want to be Cary Grant.
50 I have spent the greater part of my life fluctuating between Archie Leach and Cary Grant, unsure of each, suspecting each.
51 [responding to a wire from a reporter inquiring, "How old Cary Grant?"] Old Cary Grant fine. How you?
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