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Uta Hagen

Hagen with Paul Robeson in the 1943–1945 Theatre Guild production of Othello
Born Uta Thyra Hagen
(1919-06-12)12 June 1919
Göttingen, Germany
Died 14 January 2004(2004-01-14) (aged 84)
Manhattan, New York City, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1937–2001
Spouse(s) José Ferrer
(m.1938–1948; divorced)
Herbert Berghof
(m.1957–1990; his death)

They still had the Lord Chamberlain, so we had this idiotic censorship. We were allowed three Jesus Christs instead of 10. Why three were OK, I don't know.
Uta Hagen
I'm a bad liar; I don't know what to say backstage.
I love playing Chekhov. That's the hardest; that's why I love it most.
Uta Hagen
Awards don't really mean much.
Marlon was so sensitive, you thought the poor guy just had a bad education.
Uta Hagen
If you want a bourgeois existence, you shouldn't be an actor. You're in the wrong profession.
Uta Hagen
We had a relationship that lasted 44 years. Herbert and I lived together 10 years before we were married. He always gave me a little heart for whatever anniversary.
Uta Hagen
We must overcome the notion that we must be regular… it robs you of the chance to be extraordinary and leads you to the mediocre.
Uta Hagen
Once in awhile, there's stuff that makes me say, That's what theatre's about. It has to be a human event on the stage, and that doesn't happen very often.
Uta Hagen
I love going to the movies; I love watching good movie actors. They must know something I don't.
Uta Hagen
I won't go to England because they won't let my dog in.
Maybe the one I enjoyed playing most was A Month in the Country.
Usually, someone who's in a show gets me a ticket. I feel cornered. I can't walk out if I don't like it.
Uta Hagen
We were not allowed to say, Screw, but we could say, Hump the hostess, because hump is in Shakespeare.
Uta Hagen
I have disassociated myself from that book.
Working with Brando was fun. It was like a tennis match. We played unbelievably well together.
Uta Hagen
I think, by and large, the level of acting is mediocre. When I go to the theatre, I get so angry. I don't go.
Uta Hagen