Belief

Katharine Hepburn on altruism


“I’ve never felt the slightest interest in the ‘next world’. I think it’s here, and I think anything good that you’re going to do, you should do for other people here, and not do anything to make yourself have a happy time in the next world.”

—Katharine Hepburn, atheist

On June 29, 2003, Hepburn died of natural causes at Fenwick, the Hepburn family home in Old Saybrook, Connecticut. She was 96 years old, and was buried in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford, Connecticut in the family plot. In honor of her extensive theater work, the lights of Broadway were dimmed for an hour. In 2004, in accordance with Hepburn’s wishes, her personal effects were put up for auction with Sotheby’s in New York.

“Season 6, Episode 23.” The Dick Cavett Show. ABC, Los Angeles. 2 Oct. 1973.

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Work

Bette Davis on ingratitude


“On their side, no affection. I finished 18 years at Warner—built many sound stages there—never got a letter of goodbye, ended up in the backlot with the soundman, hind-spanking our producer till dawn having drinks, and that’s how I left the Warner lot.

If you go into this business and expect gratitude, or thanks… This is why we all have to get very tough about what we will and won’t do, because if we don’t, they will just take advantage of you till it’s unbelievable. There is no affection from there to here. But, for many actors, great gratitude here to there.

And you know, four compliments a year… we never would have asked for so much money. Truthfully. They never knew it! Actors are complete suckers for good parts, you know. And just saying, ‘You did a good job, Bette.’ … Never, never, never.”

—Bette Davis, actress

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The book Davis refers to:

Schulberg, Budd. What Makes Sammy Run? New York: Random House, 1941.

“Bette Davis.” The Dick Cavett Show. ABC, Los Angeles. 18 Nov. 1971.

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