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Carolyn Kenmore

  • Nobody ever was — or ever again will be — as green as I was the day I landed in New York. That shade has been discontinued.

  • [On nude modeling:] ... he has to ask you if you have any scars, adhesions, children, moles, warts, or scruples.

  • You have to have a damn good figure to show off a girdle. You have to have the kind of body that doesn't need a girdle in order to get to pose in one.

  • Nobody gets packed off to the insane asylum in Our Town. Dotty people are just accepted, and everybody watches them and takes care of them because everybody knows the ones who really need watching are the people who are supposed to be all right.

  • Out here it's not who do you know. It's who do you owe. Out here everybody gets so far in debt that sometimes the only way to get out is to go out and hustle and get a commission on helping other people get into debt.

  • Models are supposed to be dumb. Sometimes it helps to be as numb and dumb as I was at the beginning. If you knew what was really going on, you might be too embarrassed to breathe.

  • It is the unexpected, hit-or-miss, instant impulse, these strange accidents, this surrealistic serendipity, out of which great photographs are born.

  • [On Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl:] ... the entire crew were working like dogs to make the star look good in her first picture, and she treated them like ants trying to get into her lunch.

  • [On the casting couch:] If this is the way to fame and fortune, movies and TV, it's a fate worse than debt.

  • If you can learn from hard knocks, you can also learn from soft touches.

Carolyn Kenmore, U.S. model, actor