- Fred Astaire represented the aristocracy, I represented the proletariat.
- Quoted in Vaudeville Old and New, Frank Cullen, Florence Hackman, Donald McNeilly (2004) 
- At 14, I discovered girls. At that time, dancing was the only way you could put your arm around the girl. Dancing was courtship. Only later did I discover that you dance joy. You dance love. You dance dreams.
- Obituary, Los Angeles Times, February 03, 1996