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Lauren Bacall

  • Imagination is the highest kite that can fly.

  • All actors are terrified — they just learn how to control it.

  • ... the real stakes in the theater are high — they are life stakes. That's what I love about it. You gamble with your life, and that's a gamble worth taking.

  • A man's illness is his private territory and, no matter how much he loves you and how close you are, you stay an outsider.

  • How strange — a daughter watching the mother who had given her life lose her own. Is that what it's all about?

  • The purity of Jewish upbringing — the restrictions that one carries through life being a 'nice Jewish girl' — what a burden.

  • He met Mayo — fell into something with her (drink and bed, I should think) ...

  • Looking at yourself in a mirror isn't exactly a study of life.

    • Lauren Bacall,
    • in London Daily Mail ()
  • Hollywood is the only place in the world where an amicable divorce means each one gets fifty percent of the publicity.

    • Lauren Bacall,
    • in People ()
  • I think your whole life shows in your face and you should be proud of that.

    • Lauren Bacall,
    • in The London Daily Telegraph ()
  • Growing up takes longer than you think.

    • Lauren Bacall,
    • Now!
    • ()
  • Life is not what you expected it to be.

    • Lauren Bacall,
    • Now!
    • ()
  • One thing I am convinced of is that the more you do, the more you can do.

    • Lauren Bacall,
    • Now!
    • ()
  • ... we have been drowning in mediocrity for too many years.

    • Lauren Bacall,
    • Now!
    • ()
  • Isn't hope an incredible, a wonderfully demented thing?

    • Lauren Bacall,
    • Now!
    • ()
  • You spend a good part of your adult life acquiring things: building a home, filling it with objects that please your eye and make you feel comfortable. Then you spend the last part of your life trying to figure out how to get rid of it all.

    • Lauren Bacall,
    • Now!
    • ()
  • How long an actress lives professionally depends on her stamina, the extent of her masochism, her imagination, and her yearning for recognition or approval.

    • Lauren Bacall,
    • Now!
    • ()
  • In the world of relationships, possibly the most complicated, uncommon, hard to find, hard to keep and most rewarding has got to be friendship.

    • Lauren Bacall,
    • Now!
    • ()
  • Each time a friend dies, the present becomes the past, in an instant.

    • Lauren Bacall,
    • Now!
    • ()
  • I'm crazy enough to believe in taking chances in every way, in making choices and gambling with your life. That's the kind of gambling I believe in.

    • Lauren Bacall,
    • in Parade ()
  • I'll miss Hollywood. Of the twenty friends I thought I had, I'll miss the six I really had.

    • Lauren Bacall,
    • 1944, in Clifton Fadiman and André, Bartlett's Book of Anecdotes, rev. ed. ()
  • I figure if I have my health, can pay the rent and I have my friends, I call it 'content.'

    • Lauren Bacall
  • I'm not a has-been. I'm a will-be.

    • Lauren Bacall
  • In the theatre you don't eat lunch. Ha! In the theatre you're lucky if you eat.

    • Lauren Bacall,
    • in Fran Weil, "Woman of the Year," Playbill ()
  • Film uses you as long as you can last. And that depends on your will and your talent, your luck and your perseverance.

    • Lauren Bacall,
    • in Fran Weil, "Woman of the Year," Playbill ()
  • Theatre is magic. It's what takes us all out of the kitchen of life we're trapped in. It's what makes us reach for something better.

    • Lauren Bacall,
    • in Fran Weil, "Woman of the Year," Playbill ()

Lauren Bacall, U.S. actor

(1924)

Born Betty Joan Perske.