Publicity photo, c. 1944
|Born||Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler
9 November 1914[a]
|Died||19 January 2000
Casselberry, Florida, U.S.
A good painting to me has always been like a friend. It keeps me company, comforts and inspires.
To be a star is to own the world and all the people in it. After a taste of stardom, everything else is poverty.
I think women are concerned too much with their clothes. Men don't really care that much about women's clothes. If they like a girl, chances are they'll like her clothes.
Most children turn out badly because they have the wrong parental image. This doesn't mean their parents are criminal. It means they are boring and cruel.
The ladder of success in Hollywood is usually a press agent, actor, director, producer, leading man; and you are a star if you sleep with each of them in that order. Crude, but true.
When I attained a certain advanced intimacy with a man, and I don't just mean sex, I married him.
Many people are target people. Once when Louis B. Mayer insulted me I poured a glass of water over his head.
The public pays and feels it is entitled to participate in the personal affairs of a performer.
The ceremony took six minutes. The marriage lasted about the same amount of time though we didn't get a divorce for almost a year.
Confidence is something you're born with. I know I had loads of it even at the age of 15.
I was born an only child in Vienna, Austria. My father found hours to sit by me by the library fire and tell fairy stories.
I am a very good shot. I have hunted for every kind of animal. But I would never kill an animal during mating season.
Jack Kennedy always said to me, Hedy, get involved. That's the secret of life. Try everything. Join everything. Meet everybody.
Any girl can look glamorous. All you have to do is stand still and look stupid.
If I had my way everyone would have a psychiatrist. When the brain is sick and you must throw up, you do it by being purged in a psychiatrist's office.
I often talked to Bing Crosby, and while I liked him, I never understood why he was so popular. To me his voice was just a gimmick.
It's funny about men and women. Men pay in cash to get them and pay in cash to get rid of them. Women pay emotionally coming and going. Neither has it easy.
If I were to name my favorite pastime, I'd have to say talking about myself. I love it and I think most other people do too. We need, people like us, more listeners and less talkers.
I don't fear death because I don't fear anything I don't understand. When I start to think about it, I order a massage and it goes away.
Any girl can be glamorous. All you have to do is stand still and look stupid.
I appreciate subtlety. I have never enjoyed a kiss in front of the camera. There's nothing to it except not getting your lipstick smeared.
I am not ashamed to say that no man I ever met was my father's equal, and I never loved any other man as much.
I advise everybody not to save: spend your money. Most people save all their lives and leave it to somebody else. Money is to be enjoyed.
My mother always called me an ugly weed, so I never was aware of anything until I was older. Plain girls should have someone telling them they are beautiful. Sometimes this works miracles.
Perhaps my problem in marriage – and it is the problem of many women – was to want both intimacy and independence. It is a difficult line to walk, yet both needs are important to a marriage.
Let any pretty girl announce a divorce in Hollywood and the wolves come running. Fresh meat for the beast, and they are always hungry.
I've met the most interesting people while flying or on a boat. These methods of travel seem to attract the kind of people I want to be with.
Any girl can be glamorous. All you have to do is stand still and look stupid.
I must quit marrying men who feel inferior to me. Somewhere there must be a man who could be my husband and not feel inferior.
I've been an important star and lived a full life, yet I only hve three close friends. I guess that's all anyone can expect.
American men, as a group, seem to be interested in only two things, money and breasts. It seems a very narrow outlook.
I don't have any gnawing guilt over contributing to any unhappiness suffered by my husbands. They were as much to blame as I was.
I remember all too well the premiere of Ecstasy when I watched my bare bottom bounce across the screen and my mother and father sat there in shock.
I know when I'm working I seldom get into trouble. My educated guess is that boredom has caused most of the problems with Hollywood celebrities.
Because you don't live near a bakery doesn't mean you have to go without cheesecake.
Dates with actors, finally, just seemed to me evenings of shop talk. I got sick of it after a hile. So the more famous I became, the more I narrowed down my choices.
Some men like a dull life – they like the routine of eating breakfast, going to work, coming home, petting the dog, watching TV, kissing the kids, and going to bed. Stay clear of it – it's often catching.
I would tell anyone who wants something from someone else to feign not wanting it. People are perverse. If you show great affection to them, they'll run the other way.
I have always felt that if a man gives you a solid gold key to his door he is entitled to the courtesy of a visit.
All a woman needs is a good bath, clean clothes, and for her hair to be combed. These things she can do herself. I very seldom go to the hairdresser, but when I do, I just marvel.
Lawyers know how to take isolated complaints in a divorce case and build them into one big one.
I enjoy countless hundreds pursuing me. I love those who love me the most. I am sort of flattered by men showing attention to me.
One of my favorite people is Gypsy Rose Lee. She bears out the Biblical promise that he who has, gets. And I hope she gets a lot more.
I never go to funerals. To me a person is dead when he breathes for the last time. After that, your memories should be personal.
I'm a sworn enemy of convention. I despise the conventional in anything, even the arts.
Compromise and tolerance are magic words. It took me 40 years to become philosophical.
If you use your imagination, you can look at any actress and see her nude… I hope to make you use your imagination.
I don't believe in life after death. But I do believe in some grinding destiny that watches over us on earth. If I didn't, the safety valve would give and the boiler would explode.
I have never seen a wrestling match or a prize fight, and I don't want to. When I find out a man is interested in these sports, I drop him.
Analysis gave me great freedom of emotions and fantastic confidence. I felt I had served my time as a puppet.
It is easier for women to succeed in business, the arts, and politics in America than in Europe.
Men are most virile and most attractive between the ages of 35 and 55. Under 35 a man has too much to learn, and I don't have time to teach him.
I'd rather wear jewels in my hair than anywhere else. The face should have the advantage of this brilliance.
Making pictures, for an actress, is like betting, for a gambler. Each time you make a picture you try to analyze why you won or lost.
Dirt makes a man look masculine. Let your hair blow in the wind, and all that. It's OK. All you have to do is look neat when you have to look neat.
I find very often that very ugly women have really handsome men and vice versa because they don't have any competition. Sometimes handsome men have avoided me.
Experts always know everything but the fine points. When I took my citizenship exams, no one there knew how the White House came to be called the White House.
I know why most people never get rich. They put the money ahead of the job. If you just think of the job, the money will automatically follow. This never fails.
I can excuse everything but boredom. Boring people don't have to stay that way.
I have not been that wise. Health I have taken for granted. Love I have demanded, perhaps too much and too often. As for money, I have only realized its true worth when I didn't have it.