Uta Hagen

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Born Thursday 12 June 1919, died Wednesday 14 January 2004

Occupation: Actress

Nationality: German

Working with Brando was fun. It was like a tennis match. We played unbelievably well together.

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We had a relationship that lasted 44 years. Herbert and I lived together 10 years before we were married. He always gave me a little heart for whatever anniversary.

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They still had the Lord Chamberlain, so we had this idiotic censorship. We were allowed three Jesus Christs instead of 10. Why three were OK, I don't know.

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Usually, someone who's in a show gets me a ticket. I feel cornered. I can't walk out if I don't like it.

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Maybe the one I enjoyed playing most was A Month in the Country.

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Marlon was so sensitive, you thought the poor guy just had a bad education.

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I'm a bad liar; I don't know what to say backstage.

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I won't go to England because they won't let my dog in.

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I think, by and large, the level of acting is mediocre. When I go to the theatre, I get so angry. I don't go.

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I love playing Chekhov. That's the hardest; that's why I love it most.

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I love going to the movies; I love watching good movie actors. They must know something I don't.

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I have disassociated myself from that book.

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Awards don't really mean much.

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If you want a bourgeois existence, you shouldn't be an actor. You're in the wrong profession.

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Once in awhile, there's stuff that makes me say, That's what theatre's about. It has to be a human event on the stage, and that doesn't happen very often.

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We were not allowed to say, Screw, but we could say, Hump the hostess, because hump is in Shakespeare.

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We must overcome the notion that we must be regular... it robs you of the chance to be extraordinary and leads you to the mediocre.

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