|Born||February 16, 1893
Berlin, German Empire
|Died||June 9, 1974 (aged 81)
Tisbury, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Occupation||Stage actress, writer, producer|
|Spouse(s)||Guthrie McClintic (1921â€“1961; his death)|
I was nervous from the very beginning, and it got worse as the years went on. I was conscientious and wanted to do more, always, than I was able. I don't think, when I was playing, that I was ever happy – beginning at 4 o'clock any afternoon.
The audience may not have felt it was right, and the author may have felt a little upset, but every part I've played I've twisted around in my mind until I've made it into something of my own. Looking back over it, I didn't deliberately sit down and plan like that, but it does read like it.
When an actress is younger, she likes to lower her age, but when she is older, she likes to add to her years.
I was with the Jessie Bonstelle Stock Company in Detroit and Buffalo for three seasons – 10 performances and a new play every week. She was an amazing woman who did a great deal for me.
I drifted into acting. My grandfather had a house in Buffalo in which there was a stage, and his friends met every two weeks or so to put on plays. So it was natural for me to put on plays, too, when I went to boarding school. I put on everything in the drama – I was indiscriminate. I put on Yeats and Shaw and Lady Gregory.