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.
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.
I'm a hotel baby, absolutely: it's hard to think of a hotel I haven't stayed in.
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 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.'
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.
When the hospital sends for me, when the ambulance comes and I ease my way out of the world, I'd rather be in Detroit, Michigan, than Lenox Hill.
As a diabetic, I'm a walking picnic. I have to eat measured amounts of food at certain times.
I compare Stephen Sondheim with humor, because humor is unanalyzable. You can't analyze humor. You just have to get through it.
I think I have more humour in me than anger. But those two things are great bed-fellows, performance-wise.
I love reviews. Anybody who tells you they don't read reviews is a liar.
I'm a good acting partner for me... when I don't have anyone else, I do really well!
There will always be ladies who lunch. Always. And apparently they live a long time.
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.
Audiences are not strangers to me. They're the best friends I've got in my life.
I love audiences. My God, the best friends in the world!