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I think every American actor wants to be a movie star. But I never wanted to do stupid movies, I wanted to do films. I vowed I would never do a commercial, nor would I do a soap opera -- both of which I did as soon as I left the [Acting] Company and was starving.

Author: Kevin Kline (1947)

Profession: American Actor, Stage director

I just stopped playing bitches on wheels and peoples' mothers. I have only a few more years to kick up my heels!

Author: Angela Lansbury (1925)

Profession: British-born American Actress

I was sitting in the looping studio late one night, and I had this epiphany that they weren't paying me for my acting, for God's sake, but to own me. And from then on, it became clear and an awful lot easier to deal with.

Author: Lucy Lawless (1968)

Profession: New Zealander Actress

You don't merely give over your creativity to making a film -- you give over your life! In theatre, by contrast, you live these two rather strange lives simultaneously; you have no option but to confront the mould on last night's washing-up.

Author: Daniel Day Lewis

Profession: British-born American Actor

The thing about performance, even if it's only an illusion, is that it is a celebration of the fact that we do contain within ourselves infinite possibilities.

Author: Daniel Day Lewis

Profession: British-born American Actor

People say I'm cocky, but am I supposed to sit here and be insecure and not know where my future's going or not realize that moviemaking is the greatest thing to happen to me?

Author: Juliette Lewis (1973)

Profession: American Actress

We are born at the rise of the curtain and we die with its fall, and every night in the presence of our patrons we write our new creation, and every night it is blotted out forever; and of what use is it to say to audience or to critic, ''Ah, but you should have seen me last Tuesday?''

Author: Micheal Macliammoir


It's not a field, I think, for people who need to have success every day: if you can't live with a nightly sort of disaster, you should get out. I wouldn't describe myself as lacking in confidence, but I would just say that the ghosts you chase you never catch.

Author: John Malkovich


I have spent more than half a lifetime trying to express the tragic moment.

Author: Marcel Marceau (1923)

Profession: French Mime Artist

After Blood Simple, everybody thought I was from Texas. After Mississippi Burning, everybody thought I was from Mississippi and uneducated. After Fargo, everybody's going to think I'm from Minnesota, pregnant, and have blonde hair. I don't think you can ever completely transform yourself on film, but if you do your job well, you can make people believe that you're the character you're trying to be.

Author: Frances McDormand


Actors die so loud.

Author: Henry Miller (1891-1980)

Profession: American Author

This is not a tough job. You read a script. If you like the part and the money is O.K., you do it. Then you remember your lines. You show up on time. You do what the director tells you to do. When you finish, you rest and then go on to the next part. That's it.

Author: Robert Mitchum (1917-1997)

Profession: American Actor

I'm not an actress who can create a character. I play me.

Author: Mary Tyler Moore (1936)

Profession: American Actress

Left eyebrow raised, right eyebrow raised.

Author: Roger Moore (1927)

Profession: British-born American Actor

Acting deals with very delicate emotions. It is not putting up a mask. Each time an actor acts he does not hide; he exposes himself.

Author: Jeanne Moreau (1928)

Profession: French Actress and Director