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Hedda Hopper

  • [On seeing "Exodus":] For the first time in my life I envied my feet — they were asleep.

    • Hedda Hopper,
    • in Reader's Digest editors, Fun Fare ()
  • Press agent — a man who hitches his braggin' to a star.

    • Hedda Hopper,
    • in Reader's Digest editors, Fun Fare ()
  • In this life you can take poverty, you can take failure, you can take the big things; it's the little griefs that destroy you inside.

  • In anger, you look ten years older.

  • No matter what you say about the town, and anything you say probably is true, there's never been another like it.

  • Smart writers never understand why their satires on our town are never successful. What they refuse to accept is that you can't satirize a satire.

  • At one time I thought he wanted to be an actor. He had certain qualifications, including no money and a total lack of responsibility.

  • I got around a lot, and lots of people talked to me. I salted down stories by the barrel load.

    • Hedda Hopper,
    • in Hedda Hopper and James Brough, The Whole Truth and Nothing But ()
  • Hollywood was always heartbreak town, though most of the world fancied it to be Shangri-La, King Solomon's mines, and Fort Knox rolled into one big ball of 24-karat gold.

    • Hedda Hopper,
    • in Hedda Hopper and James Brough, The Whole Truth and Nothing But ()
  • The geniuses who conduct the motion-picture business killed glamour when they decided that what the public wanted was not dream stuff, from which movies used to be made, but realism.

    • Hedda Hopper,
    • in Hedda Hopper and James Brough, The Whole Truth and Nothing But ()
  • Two of the cruelest, most primitive punishments our town deals out to those who have fallen from favor are the empty mailbox and the silent telephone.

    • Hedda Hopper,
    • in Hedda Hopper and James Brough, The Whole Truth and Nothing But ()
  • ... we always knew there were such things as sewers, but never before have audiences had their noses pushed over so many gratings.

    • Hedda Hopper,
    • in Hedda Hopper and James Brough, The Whole Truth and Nothing But ()
  • ... TV by and large has become a dime-store business so far as creativity and talent are concerned. The half-hour and sixty-minute series rattle off the production lines like cans of beans, with an occasional dab of ham inside.

    • Hedda Hopper,
    • in Hedda Hopper and James Brough, The Whole Truth and Nothing But ()
  • Entertainment must be a satisfying emotional experience, a stirring of the heart. We need all kinds of young men and women. Those people with an artist's eye and an executive's brain that we term directors. Those wrestlers with their souls and typewriters known as authors. The beggars on horseback called actors and actresses.

    • Hedda Hopper,
    • in Hedda Hopper and James Brough, The Whole Truth and Nothing But ()
  • Harry Cohn was a man you had to stand in line to hate.

    • Hedda Hopper,
    • in Norman J. Zierold, The Moguls ()
  • Our town worships success, the bitch goddess whose smile hides a taste for blood.

    • Hedda Hopper,
    • in Film Society Review ()
  • Nobody's interested in sweetness and light.

    • Hedda Hopper,
    • in John Robert Colombo, Popcorn in Paradise ()
  • Her singing was mutiny on the high C's.

    • Hedda Hopper,
    • in John Robert Colombo, Popcorn in Paradise ()
  • I wasn't allowed to speak while my husband was alive, and since he's gone no one has been able to shut me up.

    • Hedda Hopper

Hedda Hopper, U.S. journalist, columnist

(1885 - 1966)

Full name: Elda Furry Hopper