Jay Presson Allen


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Jay Presson Allen (March 3, 1922 – May 1, 2006) was an American screenwriter, playwright, stage director, television producer and novelist. Known for her withering wit and sometimes-off-color wisecracks, she was one of the few women making a living as a screenwriter at a time when women were a rarity in the profession. "You write to please yourself," she said, "The only office where... more »

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  • All right. If you insist. I do not sleep with girls. No, no, no, let me be absolutely accurate. I've gone through the motions of sleeping with girls exactly three times, all of them disastrous. The wo...
    Jay Presson Allen (b. 1922), U.S. screenwriter. Brian (Michael York), Cabaret (1972). Responding to Sally's inquiries.
  • ''I'm going to be a great film star. That is, if booze and sex don't get me first.''
    Jay Presson Allen (b. 1922), U.S. screenwriter. Sally Bowles (Liza Minnelli), Cabaret (1972).
  • ''That old heel-clicking, hand-kissing routine of his isn't going to get him anywhere with her. The only thing to do with virgins is to make a ferocious pounce.''
    Jay Presson Allen (b. 1922), U.S. screenwriter. Sally Bowles (Liza Minnelli), Cabaret, commenting on Fritz's wooing of Natalia (1972).
  • ''If I had leprosy, there'd be a cable: "Gee, kid. Tough. Sincerely hope nose doesn't fall off. Love."''
    Jay Presson Allen (b. 1922), U.S. screenwriter. Sally Bowles (Liza Minnelli), Cabaret, commenting on her father's remoteness (1972).
  • ''I'm self-centered, inconsiderate, and what was the third adjective? Oh, yes, and I have this infantile fantasy that one day I'll amount to something as an actress.''
    Jay Presson Allen (b. 1922), U.S. screenwriter. Sally Bowles (Liza Minnelli), Cabaret, explaining her decision to have an abortion (1972).
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