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Elizabeth Ashley

  • In a great romance, each person basically plays a part that the other really likes.

    • Elizabeth Ashley,
    • in The San Francisco Chronicle ()
  • People pay all that money to sit in a chair in the theater mainly because it is a respectable way to see and experience things they cannot see and experience in their own lives.

    • Elizabeth Ashley,
    • with Ross Firestone, Actress: Postcards From the Road ()
  • Art isn't something you do or are. It's where you aim, the target you shoot at.

    • Elizabeth Ashley,
    • with Ross Firestone, Actress: Postcards From the Road ()
  • Because I'm a performer I can justify and sometimes sell the things about me that offend and shock the conventional world. I need to live life in the fast lane. I need to do things to excess. I need to go over the edge. I have an obligation to experience the things most people can't experience. The taboos. The things you're not supposed to know or do. That's part of my job. That's why I do it. I would probably do it anyway.

    • Elizabeth Ashley,
    • with Ross Firestone, Actress: Postcards From the Road ()
  • ... the flip side of success is fear. And fear is the devil. And success is the devil's dope.

    • Elizabeth Ashley,
    • with Ross Firestone, Actress: Postcards From the Road ()
  • All the things that are negative in me as a person — the incompetence and despair and weakness and pain — are like a gift from God in a performer. If you don't hide them and if you stop lying to yourself about what you are and are not, there is a ring or a tent or a stage where you can take them and use them to make something beautiful.

    • Elizabeth Ashley,
    • with Ross Firestone, Actress: Postcards From the Road ()
  • ... drama is made up of what people most fear and deny in themselves. The taboos. The secrets. The devils and the demons. The only reason they let us live, I suppose, is because somebody has to confront what those things are like and tell other people about them.

    • Elizabeth Ashley,
    • with Ross Firestone, Actress: Postcards From the Road ()
  • Sex is just another real good drug ... and it can make a junkie out of you.

    • Elizabeth Ashley,
    • with Ross Firestone, Actress: Postcards From the Road ()

Elizabeth Ashley, U.S. stage actor

(1939)