Dame Edith Evans


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Dame Alicia Markova (1 December 1910 – 2 December 2004) was an English ballerina and a choreographer, director and teacher of classical ballet. Most noted for her career with Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes and touring internationally, she was widely considered to be one of the greatest classical ballet dancers of the 20th century. She was the first British dancer to become the principal dancer ... more »

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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' Equi...
  • ''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).
  • ''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."
  • ''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 ...
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