Edith Evans

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Edith Evans (1973)

Dame Edith Mary Evans, DBE (8 February 188814 October 1976) was an English actress of stage and films who was nominated for three Academy Awards between 1964 and 1968.


  • 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.
    • Speech to the annual actors' Equity meeting (1951)
  • 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.
    • 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.
    • As quoted in Dame Edith Evans, ch. 12, by Bryan Forbes (1977)
  • When a woman behaves like a man, why doesn't she behave like a nice man?
    • Observer (London, Sept. 30, 1956)
  • 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.
    • As quoted in Dame Edith Evans, ch. 13, by Bryan Forbes (1977)

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