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  • I know that if I'd had to go and take an exam for acting, I wouldn't have got anywhere. You don't take exams for acting, you take your courage.
    Dame Edith Evans (1888-1976), British actor. As quoted in Dame Edith Evans, ch. 14, by Bryan Forbes (1977). In a speech to the annual actors' Equity meeting in 1951. She was opposing "regulated entry" into the acting profession.

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  • If you're an actor, a real actor, you've got to be on the stage. But you mustn't go on the stage unless it's absolutely the only thing you can do.
    Dame Edith Evans (1888-1976), British actor. As quoted in Dame Edith Evans, ch. 12, by Bryan Forbes (1977).
  • ... actresses are such very dull people off the stage. We are only delightful and brilliant when we are doing what we are told to do. Off stage we are awful chumps.
    Dame Edith Evans (1888-1976), British actor. As quoted in Dame Edith Evans, ch. 12, by Bryan Forbes (1977).

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  • When a woman behaves like a man why doesn't she behave like a nice man?
    Dame Edith Evans (1888-1976), British actor. quoted in Observer (London, Sept. 30, 1956).

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  • A successful artist of any kind has to work so hard that she is justified in refusing to lay down her sceptre until she is placed on the bier.
    Dame Edith Evans (1888-1976), British actor. As quoted in Dame Edith Evans, ch. 13, by Bryan Forbes (1977).

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  • I can't imagine going on when there are no more expectations.
    Dame Edith Evans (1888-1976), British actor. As quoted in Dame Edith Evans, ch. 5, by Bryan Forbes (1977). Evans had had a brilliantly successful stage career.

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  • What I want to give in the theatre is beauty, that's what I want to give.
    Dame Edith Evans (1888-1976), British actor. As quoted in Dame Edith Evans, ch. 15, by Bryan Forbes (1977).

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  • I sometimes think when I'm on the stage "What do they mean? Is this great, what I'm doing now?"
    Dame Edith Evans (1888-1976), British actor. As quoted in Dame Edith Evans, ch. 5, by Bryan Forbes (1977). On being called a "great actress."

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