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Shelley Winters

  • It was so cold I almost got married.

    • Shelley Winters,
    • in The New York Times ()
  • Every now and then, when you're on stage, you hear the best sound a player can hear. It is a sound you can't get in movies or in television. It is the sound of a wonderful, deep silence that means you've hit them where they live.

    • Shelley Winters,
    • "That Wonderful, Deep Silence," in Theatre Arts ()
  • Life is a constant process of change, for better or worse.

    • Shelley Winters,
    • in Lewis Funke and John E. Booth, Actors Talk About Acting ()
  • If a play is good and you're effective in it, you suddenly hear a silence that is loud, and that moment makes the whole schmageggy business of an actor or an actress worthwhile, because you suddenly know that they are human beings like you, who are receiving something from you.

    • Shelley Winters,
    • in Lewis Funke and John E. Booth, Actors Talk About Acting ()
  • ... everything in the human being creates.

    • Shelley Winters,
    • in Lewis Funke and John E. Booth, Actors Talk About Acting ()
  • ... art is exposure. And until you've developed a degree of maturity to handle that knowledge, you are revealing what other people keep hidden.

    • Shelley Winters,
    • in Lewis Funke and John E. Booth, Actors Talk About Acting ()
  • Acting is the developing of one's own personality, too, you know. That's what the public buys in a star, shall we say, the personality thing.

    • Shelley Winters,
    • in Lewis Funke and John E. Booth, Actors Talk About Acting ()
  • ... sometimes in comedy you can make the audience feel poignancy stronger than you can with tears or anguish.

    • Shelley Winters,
    • in Lewis Funke and John E. Booth, Actors Talk About Acting ()
  • To me, the theatre — I don't like to say it, but I'll say it — is a temple in a kind of way, where human beings go to be elevated.

    • Shelley Winters,
    • in Lewis Funke and John E. Booth, Actors Talk About Acting ()
  • Stardom can be very destructive — particularly if you believe in it.

    • Shelley Winters,
    • in Sunday Express ()
  • You have a lot of friends who love you dearly and you don't know who they are.

    • Shelley Winters,
    • in The New York Times ()
  • In those days, young stars, male and female, were all virgins until married, and if divorced, they returned magically to that condition.

  • We had a lot in common, I loved him and he loved him.

    • Shelley Winters,
    • 1954, in Susan Strasberg, Bittersweet ()
  • Nudity on stage? I think it's disgusting. But if I were twenty-two with a great body, it would be artistic, tasteful, patriotic and a progressive religious experience.

    • Shelley Winters,
    • 1965, in Michèle Brown and Ann O'Connor, eds., Hammer and Tongues ()
  • The trouble with marrying an actor is they grab you in their arms, hold you close and tell you how wonderful they are.

    • Shelley Winters,
    • in Doug McClelland, Star Speak ()
  • I hate to tell you how old I am, but I reached the age of consent 75,000 consents ago.

    • Shelley Winters,
    • in Doug McClelland, Star Speak ()
  • I'm not overweight. I'm just nine inches too short.

    • Shelley Winters,
    • in Doug McClelland, Star Speak ()
  • I have bursts of being a lady, but it doesn't last long.

    • Shelley Winters,
    • in The Los Angeles Times ()
  • Acting is like painting pictures on bathroom tissues.

    • Shelley Winters
  • Now that I'm over sixty I'm veering toward respectability.

    • Shelley Winters
  • Whenever you want to marry someone, go have lunch with his ex-wife.

    • Shelley Winters
  • All marriages are happy. It's trying to live together afterwards that causes all the problems.

    • Shelley Winters

Shelley Winters, U.S. actor

(1920 - 2006)

Real name: Shirley Shrift.