Ida Lupino Quotations


My agent had told me that he was going to make me the Janet Gaynor of England - I was going to play all the sweet roles. Whereupon, at the tender age of thirteen, I set upon the path of playing nothing but hookers.

I'd love to see more women working as directors and producers. Today it's almost impossible to do it unless you are an actress or writer with power . . . I wouldn't hesitate right this minute to hire a talented woman if the subject matter were right.

Any woman who wishes to smash into the world of men isn't very feminine. 

I didn't see myself as any advance guard, or feminist.

I had no desire to crash a man's world.

I knew it would break his heart if I didn't go into the business.

I'd love to see more women working as directors and producers.

Keeping a feminine approach is vital - men hate bossy females.

Often I pretended to a cameraman to know less than I did. That way I got more cooperation.

Today it's almost impossible to do it unless you are an actress or writer with power... I wouldn't hesitate right this minute to hire a talented woman if the subject matter were right.

Whereupon, at the tender age of thirteen, I set upon the path of playing nothing but hookers.

I don't feel I have to dress as though I am twenty years old.  I don't live in the past.
--in the late 1970's

You could pack the bags under my eyes and go off to Vegas for a holiday.
--in the late 1970's

(he) may be one of the reasons I have retreated into myself...He will occasionally write one lousy check to buy food-not a regular thing...I have to earn a living.
--about Howard Duff (late 1970's)

...I didn't see mytself as any advance guard or feminist...I have not too many women friends.  I'm not particularly a woman's woman.  I'm not a group type.  If fact, there are very few women I really like.  I don't like to see women behaving in a masculine manner and ordering men around.  That's why I don't have too many women friends, because my sex is inclined to go through the back door to get to the front door.
--in the late 1970's

If people think I'm eccentric--that's too damned bad.
--in the late 1970's


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