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Fanny Brice

  • Anyone who can't say blank is deceitful.

    • Fanny Brice,
    • in Norman Katkov, The Fabulous Fanny ()
  • Your audience gives you everything you need. They tell you. There is no director who can direct you like an audience.

    • Fanny Brice,
    • in Norman Katkov, The Fabulous Fanny ()
  • I come out before an audience and maybe my house burned down an hour ago, maybe my husband stayed out all night, but I stand there. ... I got them with me, right there in my hand and comfortable. That's my job, to make them comfortable, because if they wanted to be nervous they could have stayed home and added up their bills.

    • Fanny Brice,
    • in Norman Katkov, The Fabulous Fanny ()
  • ... I never liked the men I loved, and never loved the men I liked.

    • Fanny Brice,
    • in Norman Katkov, The Fabulous Fanny ()
  • I think love is like a card trick. After you know how it works, it's no fun any more.

    • Fanny Brice,
    • in Norman Katkov, The Fabulous Fanny ()
  • [On childbirth:] Like pushing a piano through a transom.

    • Fanny Brice,
    • in Norman Katkov, The Fabulous Fanny ()
  • Being a funny person does an awful lot of things to you. You feel that you mustn't get serious with people. They don't expect it from you, and they don't want to see it. You're not entitled to be serious, you're a clown, and they only want you to make them laugh.

    • Fanny Brice,
    • in Norman Katkov, The Fabulous Fanny ()
  • [On her nose job:] He just wanted to get that knife into me. He'd cut you if you had dandruff.

    • Fanny Brice,
    • in Norman Katkov, The Fabulous Fanny ()
  • Without love it is like having a good song without an audience.

    • Fanny Brice,
    • in Norman Katkov, The Fabulous Fanny ()
  • When love is out of your life, you're through in a way. Because while it is there it's like a motor that's going, you have such vitality to do things, big things, because love is goosing you all the time.

    • Fanny Brice,
    • in Norman Katkov, The Fabulous Fanny ()
  • Let the world know you as you are, not as you think you should be, because sooner or later, if you are posing, you will forget the pose, and then where are you?

    • Fanny Brice,
    • in Norman Katkov, The Fabulous Fanny ()
  • [Acting advice to Helen Hayes:] If you cry, they don't.

    • Fanny Brice,
    • in Helen Hayes, with Lewis Funke, A Gift of Joy ()
  • [On Esther Williams:] Wet she's a star, dry she ain't.

    • Fanny Brice,
    • in Sheilah Graham, Hollywood Revisited ()
  • I've done everything in the theatre except marry a property man.

    • Fanny Brice,
    • in Life ()
  • For ten thousand dollars, I'd endorse an opium pipe.

    • Fanny Brice,
    • in Leta W. Clark, ed., Women Women Women ()
  • A verbal agreement is not worth the paper it's written on.

    • Fanny Brice,
    • remark usually incorrectly credited to Samuel Goldwyn, in Mary Unterbrink, Funny Women: American Comediennes, 1860-1985 ()

Fanny Brice, U.S. actor, comedian, singer

(1891 - 1951)

Full name: Fanny Borach Brice.