Quotes by Ruth Gordon

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Ruth Gordon (October 30, 1896 August 28, 1985) was an American actress and screenwriter who was perhaps best known for her role as the oversolicitous neighbor in Roman Polanski's adaptation of Ira Levin's novel Rosemary's Baby, for which she won the 1968 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

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The kiss. There are all sorts of kisses, lad, from the sticky confection to the kiss of death. Of them all, the kiss of an actress is the most unnerving. How can we tell if she means it or if she's just practicing?

To be somebody you must last.
To get it right, be born with luck or else make it. Never give up. Get the knack of getting people to help you and also pitch in yourself. A little money helps, but what really gets it right is to never -- I repeat -- never under any conditions face the facts.
Up and the world is your oyster! This time you can’t miss! Whack comes down the old shillaly and you’re down again bitin’ the dust! Can’t face it! Screeching into your pillow nights! Put back your smile in the morning, trampin’ to managers’ offices! Home again in the evenin’ ready to give up the ghost. Somebody come by, to tell you: “Go see Frohman nine-thirty sharp!” Luck’s turned, you’re on the trolley again! Curl up your ostrich feathers! Sponge off the train of your skirt! Because it’s all aboard tomorrow ….
I got anything I want to have; but I’ll never have anything at all if trouble makes me go and give up!

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