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Glamorous Old Hollywood Quotes and the Gorgeous Stars Who Said Them

When Kitty was a little girl she dreamed of being a museum curator or archaeologist. Now she studies and writes all about history.

Old Hollywood Magic

The stars of Old Hollywood have been replaced with a new batch of young, money-hungry, silicone-filled, toothpick-thin actresses. In modern days, this type of beauty is the norm and expected if a female dares to go far in the film industry. What happened to the days when glamour and sexiness were still classy and empowering towards women? Gone are the days of curve-hugging, shimmery cocktail dresses and pin-curled locks. But the memory and daring risks that the women took in the Old Hollywood days will live on. I have posted some of my favorite Old Hollywood quotes from some of the most gorgeously, risk-taking movie stars of the mid-century.


Jean Harlow - Old Hollywood's Risk-taking Blonde Bombshell

"No one ever expects a great lay to pay all of the bills."

"I like to wake up each morning feeling a new man."

"Underwear makes me uncomfortable. And besides, my parts have to breathe."

"When you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas."

"Must I always wear a low-cut dress to be important?"

"I turned to motion pictures because I had to work or starve."

"There is a God, even in Hollywood."

"I'm drinking only because I have to have something to keep me going. If I were leading a normal life, I'd drink only to be sociable."

"To me, love has always meant friendship."

"I'm home-conscious. If there's a phrase like that."

"I am not a party hound."

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Judy Garland - The Romantic of Old Hollywood

"I was born at the age of twelve on an MGM lot."

"For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul."

"I can live without money, but I cannot live without love."

"How strange when an illusion dies. It's as though you've lost a child."

"Behind every cloud is another cloud."

"Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of someone else."


Bette Davis - Those Gorgeous Eyes!

"I would like to kiss you, but I just washed my hair." - Cabin in the Cotton, 1932

"Hollywood always wanted me to be pretty, but I fought for realism."

"I am just too much."

"Everybody has a heart...except some people."

"From the moment I was six I felt sexy. And let me tell you it was hell, sheer hell, waiting to do something about it."

"I never did pal around with the actresses. Their talk usually bored me to tears."

"I sent the flowers across the hall to Mrs. Nixon, but her husband remembered what a Democrat I am and sent them back."

"I was never very interested in boys, and there were plenty of them, vying with one another to see how many famous women they could get into the hay."

"I will not retire while I've still got my legs and my make-up box."

"I'd marry again if I found a man who had fifteen million dollars, would sign over half to me, and guarantee that he'd be dead within a year."

"In this business, until you're known as a monster, you're not a star."


Audrey Hepburn - Old Hollywood's Girl Next Door

"I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and...I believe in miracles."

"I never thought I'd land in pictures with a face like mine."

"I was born with a tremendous need for affection, and a terrible need to give it."

"For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone."


Mae West - Oh Her Old-Hollywood Confidence!

"I never worry about diets. The only carrots that interest me are the number you get in a diamond."

"I see you're a man with ideals. I better be going before you've still got them."

"I speak two languages - body and English."

"I'm a woman of very few words, but lots of action."

"I'm no model lady. A model is just the imitation of the real thing."

"Love isn't an emotion or an instinct. It's an art."

"Marriage is a great institution, but I'm not ready for an institution."

"Personality is the glitter that sends your little gleam across the footlights and the orchestra pit into that big black space where the audience is."

"It ain't no sin if you crack a few laws now and then, just so long as you don't break any."

"It is better to be looked over than overlooked."


Ingrid Bergman's Quotes

"If you took acting away from me, I'd stop breathing."

"I do not know how to kiss or I would kiss you. Where do the noses go?"

"Never again! I can see no reason for marriage - ever at all. I've had it. Three times is enough."

"Be yourself. The world worships the original."

"Happiness is good health and a bad memory."

"A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous."

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2011 Kitty Fields


Kitty Fields (author) from Summerland on October 25, 2014:


Amanda Glass from Arkansas on October 24, 2014:

I love this!

john Cena wresller WWE on May 08, 2012:

I really like all the old model as because iam 2 a staR

Kitty Fields (author) from Summerland on December 02, 2011:

Silvers-Jain8 - I fully agree with you. If the movie stars of today were even close to the movie stars from times past, I would actually find them interesting! Thanks for reading.

Silvers-Jain8 from MA on December 02, 2011:

This was a nice hub and I totally find most actresses today lacking the finesse, grace, and wisdom that these women had. They weren't fake and they were as sweet as they were ugly sometimes, but they were real you know. They had buckets full of charm lol.

The quotes were a nice touch as well. Keep it up!

Kitty Fields (author) from Summerland on August 14, 2011:

Barbsbitsnpieces - Thanks so much! I really enjoyed looking up all of these awesome quotes from these gorgeous old hollywood stars. I particularly enjoyed Jean Harlow and Mae West's quotes the most! Go ahead with the link, I'd love it! And wow...yes, they definitely missed the point on that one!

Barbara Anne Helberg from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA on August 14, 2011:

This is great, kittythedreamer! You've done a marvelous job of sharing the old Hollywood women stars. I love the movies, but when I wrote a hub about old Hollywood movies of doomed and desperate lovers, I got one comment which informed me that most of the actors were dead. Duh...guess he missed the point?!

I would like to use your hub as a link to mine. I try to do that with hubs that relate to my own.

Kitty Fields (author) from Summerland on August 13, 2011:

Thanks, Paradise7!

Paradise7 from Upstate New York on August 13, 2011:

Great quotes from great ladies. Thanks for the hub.

LaRoussou on April 15, 2011:

Red walls? Way better than pink. This trip to MD has been my most emotional, my dad actually cried when he saw me, he was so happy, and he does not do that. I felt like such a jerk, thinking I'm just somehow killing this man with how I am. As I was all over the place as soon as the apron strings were cut, I like that things don't change here. It's charming to me now. I only recently remembered how the graffiti started, and I like it! Okay, so you wrote emo poetry and painted emo pictures after heartbreak, I did it before. I was a goofy happy kid determined to find a way to make myself miserable with stories about cancer, graveyards, holocaust, name it, along with the music to match. I got my heart broken for the first time...and everything I wrote was funny. I just didn't want to be sad, so I wrote all these funny things. For that guy I prayed a lot then, because he was sweet and smart, but kind of an idiot in some ways. He needed someone to watch over him, someone to "mind the gap" if you know what I mean. And the story ends. But at that age you are so completely sure the sky is falling. It doesn't.

I really do hope not to be emo-ed out going back to Cali. My main task returning to CA is to not sleep with my accountant. Any man who can do math, and save me that kind of money ups the sexy by a gazillion percent. Have a great weekend!

Kitty Fields (author) from Summerland on April 15, 2011:

SJ - this calls for another OMG acronym usage! why? because that sounds exactly like my story at 19. my heart was broken miserably for the first time and i was EXTREMELY emo at that point. the only thing different was that i had a room with blood red walls...i was a little on the goth side, too...i love to paint emo pictures and write emo poetry...some of which i'm sure my mom could find around their house somewhere. too cute that your momma doesn't want to paint over your graffiti...i love it. i bet you that i will be the same way with my daughter when she moves out in 15 years. ugh...i don't even want to think about it, though! also, with the new dunkin donuts and fresh coat of paint on the mickey d's...don't i know that same story! our small town of mechanicsville has only had like a kfc built and recently a wal-mart, which was like a HUGE deal to the citizens of mechanicsville! anyway, have a wonderful time reminiscing in maryland...don't go back to cali all emo-ed out, though! :)

LaRoussou on April 14, 2011:

THIS is awesome, Kitty! Who would ever have thought Audrey Hepburn would think of herself as anything but stunning. But I guess most girls underestimate themselves. This is possibly my favorite hub of yours, I'm definitely partial to the topic. You did a phenomenal job. Beautiful picture selection, also.

In other news, I'm in Maryland, with this whole new East Coast family who is babying me, and buying me things. Who the hell are these people?? I did not grow up with them, that's for sure. And my mom introduced me to all the "big changes" in town she's been babbling about over the the new Dunkin Donuts. I was thinking, "yeah, I barely recognize the place with the new Dunkin Donuts AND the paint job they just gave McDonald's. I hope I can still find my way around." Nothing changes here. At 19 I got my little teenage heart broken, and I was laying in my room and my drama, listening to my emo music, and wondering why my room was so horribly pink. So I repainted it, and shortly after that began writing things on the wall--song lyrics, scriptures, quotes--whatever I felt like. My mom swore she couldn't wait for me to move out so she could finally paint over all my graffiti, and still hasn't, so I offered to do it. Now she says she wants it to stay that way. Go figure.

Hope you and yours are well...happy writing!

Kitty Fields (author) from Summerland on April 14, 2011:

Cogerson - thanks so much! i love quotes, especially from glamorous stars such as jean harlow. miss blonde bombshell herself! my favorite jean harlow quote would have to be, "must i always wear a low-cut dress to be important?" my all-time favorite is mae west: "i never worry about diets. the only carrots that interest me is the number that you find in a diamond." thanks for stopping by!

UltimateMovieRankings from Virginia on April 14, 2011:

You have put together a great list of quotes....I would say Jean Harlow's more the best....especially the classic line..."When you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas." voted up useful and funny

Kitty Fields (author) from Summerland on April 12, 2011:

alastar - thanks, as always! i can't help but love mae west...though bette davis comes in a close second.

marcoujar - thanks for voting it up. don't you just love the classiness of the old hollywood movie stars? i miss that.

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on April 12, 2011:

Oh yes, nothing like Mae's "swagger"... loved this whole article~~ thank you so much!!

Voted UP & AWESOME...!!

Interesting on April 12, 2011:

Very nice, I enjoyed reading your piece on quotes.

alastar packer on April 11, 2011:

This was a very pleasing hub to read. You've laid it out excellently. My fave too is Mae.

Kitty Fields (author) from Summerland on April 11, 2011:

oh, yes, she was lovely. my favorite is definitely mae west, though. love her confidence. thanks for stopping by again, ivorwen!

Ivorwen from Hither and Yonder on April 10, 2011:

I find Audrey Hepburn so inspiring.

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