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Agnes Moorehead Quotes

    When there is a pain-in-the-neck role for a girl to play, the directors start yelling ‘Agnes.’
    -Agnes Moorehead
    I lived on oatmeal soup and apples. Nourishing enough.
    -Agnes Moorehead
    I’m a Presbyterian minister’s daughter.
    -Agnes Moorehead

    I had a martyr complex as a child. I longed to attend the parties my classmates gave. But I was a minister’s daughter. I couldn’t stay out after 9:30 at night til I went to college. I never went to a dance till I was grown up and -away from home.
    -Agnes Moorehead
    I’ve played all through the Middle East. The Arabs never say what they mean. They say what they think you want to hear.
    -Agnes Moorehead
    The older I grow, the more I realize that the trivialities that used to frustrate one when you were younger… they don’t mean anything.
    -Agnes Moorehead
    Theater is a thankless art. When the curtain goes down, that is all. It doesn’t really mean anything. Memories are very short, and fame is extremely fleeting.
    -Agnes Moorehead
    I hope I cast a spell on other people in the kitchen. I like to experiment.
    -Agnes Moorehead
    My mother’s mother came from Dublin and was an extremely fine cook, but we didn’t learn, we just admired what she did.
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    My mother taught me how to make Boston baked beans. People always buy pork and beans, but my mother will make them from scratch, because she learned as a bride and there’s an art to it.
    -Agnes Moorehead
    I don’t want to live in a desert of dirt.
    -Agnes Moorehead
    You have to farm the land. People have to eat. You can’t play all the time.
    -Agnes Moorehead
    You can’t eat recreation.
    -Agnes Moorehead
    I’ve played some horrid characters in the 70 pictures or so that I’ve made. But none of the roles degraded my sex. And I’ve never made a movie I’d be ashamed to have any of my friends or family see.
    -Agnes Moorehead
    I’ve played so many mean-looking troublemakers I have to keep reminding myself I’m really not a bad person deep down.
    -Agnes Moorehead

    I’m no prude. I like a witty innuendo, too.
    -Agnes Moorehead
    I studied ethics more than anything – people’s feelings about humanity. Of course, I was much younger then. I had more trust in humanity then, but I think people were more trustful. They had standards of right and wrong. Now people say: ‘What’s right? What’s wrong?’ And I say: ‘if you don’t know what’s right or wrong, then I’m sorry for you.’
    -Agnes Moorehead
    I think there are people with the genes for being natural performers. Sometimes they go haywire and destroy themselves because of it and because they have no order in their lives.
    -Agnes Moorehead
    You can have great freedom, but If you just have liberation without order, you’re just bad, that’s all. Those people are usually personality actors.
    -Agnes Moorehead
    I’m not interested in constantly feeding people tawdriness and confusion and chaos. The world is chaotic as it is. Why feed it to them constantly?
    -Agnes Moorehead
    I don’t like touring. I’ve done so much of it, you know.
    -Agnes Moorehead
    Theater is constant, constant study and constant work. It’s a morning to midnight profession.
    -Agnes Moorehead
    To me, witches are the most divine creatures. I always thought of them not as old crones with double chins and dunce hats, but as completely enchanting, blithe spirits.
    -Agnes Moorehead

    You must remember that Endora is basically a good witch. She really doesn’t have a wicked bone in her magic finger. It’s just that she hain’t the patience to endure human follies and foibles. If you’re human you’re a slave. That’s the way she sees it. She’s a genius and she demands that quality in people as well as witches and warlocks.
    -Agnes Moorehead
    Purple is the hue worn by a baby witch or warlock. Pink and blue are for mortals.
    -Agnes Moorehead
    An actor has a great responsibility to an audience – to touch their hearts.
    -Agnes Moorehead
    Women have much more instinct than men. There’s no analyzing it.
    -Agnes Moorehead
    A wise man will take a woman’s advice even if he doesn’t understand it.
    -Agnes Moorehead
    I’m an idealist. I’ll die an idealist in the theater. I’ll stick to my convictions if I starve to death.
    -Agnes Moorehead
    I have been playing old women ever since I can remember.
    -Agnes Moorehead
    I inherited the voice from my father, who was a minister. He taught me to speak clearly from babyhood, and probably it was my speech that brought me to Hollywood.
    -Agnes Moorehead

    I fear that word, fabulous.
    -Agnes Moorehead
    Acting is too often looked upon as a ‘gifted art.’ This may be, but having the gift is only the beginning. It must be honed, developed by training and experience.
    -Agnes Moorehead
    You can’t walk onto a set or stage not knowing your lines and how you are going to play them.
    -Agnes Moorehead
    Too much exposure is bad.
    -Agnes Moorehead
    I would rather have people say let’s see more of her than she’s too much.
    -Agnes Moorehead
    You cannot duplicate Marion Lome.
    -Agnes Moorehead
    I think backgrounds are important. We all should know what suits us best for what we are, or for the role we want to play, and furnish our homes accordingly.
    -Agnes Moorehead
    I am a self-disciplined person, and the Bible is my security, guiding me in that discipline.
    -Agnes Moorehead
    A child is born with a degree of primitive savagery and somebody must discipline it out of him. This Is where the government of the home comes in.
    -Agnes Moorehead
    Discipline gives standards and values to live by, a basis for morality.
    -Agnes Moorehead

    A child likes discipline. He likes to know somebody cares.
    -Agnes Moorehead
    She’s ethereal but also has to be believably real. It was difficult to find Endora ‘s character.
    -Agnes Moorehead
    Witches are a cold breed who keep unto themselves.
    -Agnes Moorehead
    Witches are made out of things like mushrooms and twigs. Everybody knows that.
    -Agnes Moorehead
    I know people who are demoniacal.
    -Agnes Moorehead
    From what I can see people look at television to forget the horrors outside.
    -Agnes Moorehead
    My father told me fairy stories and he read to us. And my grandmother was Irish. She told us about ‘the little people.’ When I went into the forest I used to look for them.
    -Agnes Moorehead
    I think all actors have a strange quirk about them. They’re different than the usual run of people. They have a way of dramatizing things.
    -Agnes Moorehead
    Drama is not great when it’s a roll off the curb into the gutter.
    -Agnes Moorehead
    Something is great when it starts low and rises to the heights. Or starts high and sinks low.
    -Agnes Moorehead

    Playing a convincing witch takes a bit of research. I’ve looked up the old Salem business and reread a lot of fairy tales and the ‘Oz’ books. The main thing, I think, is to develop one strange, odd little thing to do that the audience does not expect.
    -Agnes Moorehead
    Good theater is not realistic, and should not be. Its purpose, rather, is to highlight, never to spell out a situation.
    -Agnes Moorehead
    Acting is suggesting, the art lies in leaving room for the audience to identify.
    -Agnes Moorehead
    Radio leaves much to the audience’s imagination, allows the listeners to fill in so much, provided that the voices convey enough.
    -Agnes Moorehead
    Bewitched’ weaves a spell of fantasy that televiewers of any age can lose themselves in.
    -Agnes Moorehead
    You sort of sense the mood of the audience and it means a lot. And when you look back on those times, it means so much because, after all, that’s all you have.
    -Agnes Moorehead
    Actors should remember they are public servants, really, and depend on the response of the people. And the public can be so fickle. That’s why now I’m glad to be working in my trade.
    -Agnes Moorehead
    You know, many actors when they get older are afraid to be around young people, but I welcome their views.
    -Agnes Moorehead
    Actually, I don’t care how I look as long as I’m acting.
    -Agnes Moorehead

    Most actresses want to look their best on the screen. It’s only natural. But many of my roles have called for dreary-looking characters.
    -Agnes Moorehead
    Looks and age determine whether you play leading ladies or characters. And I’m very happy playing character parts.
    -Agnes Moorehead
    I’ve even let my hair be lightened a trifle. But never have I dyed it for stage or screen.
    -Agnes Moorehead

    I always consider what I am doing at the moment the finest thing in my life. I find there’s more happiness that way than in forever taking old triumphs out of trunks and dusting them off.
    -Agnes Moorehead
    I was born in Boston.
    -Agnes Moorehead
    My father was a minister, and I suppose I take after him. He talked a lot professionally, too.
    -Agnes Moorehead
    I’m a woman of strong convictions.
    -Agnes Moorehead
    I do not eat before I perform.
    -Agnes Moorehead
    I love trains. I always take them when I have time.
    -Agnes Moorehead
    Anything I do must have a line of idealism.
    -Agnes Moorehead
    It stands to reason that a person can’t put forth his best effort if he’s unhappy or if in the back of his mind there is gnawing worry about the butcher, baker, or reaction of his associates.
    -Agnes Moorehead

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