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Of Marlon Brando she said, "Actors like him are good but on the whole I do not enjoy actors who seek to commune with their armpits, so to speak."

I decided once I was fortunate enough to get away from Hollywood, it would take wild horses to drag me back.

All I know about getting something that you want is that there are three essential things: wanting, trying and getting the opportunity, the breaks. None works alone without the others. Wanting is basic. Trying is up to you. And the breaks - I do know this, they always happen.

Say I`m dreary, say I`m sad. Say my acting doesn`t please. Say my films are awfully bad. But don`t knock my knees.

Playing a love scene requires a feeling of intimacy between man and woman and intense concentration. I don`t like to look over the shoulder of a man and see the long gloomy sound stage behind the camera, cluttered with equipment and pieces of sets from past pictures.

Time is too short. Not enough. I wanted to live a lot of lives at the same time. Only by being an actress could I do that.

One`s life is a crossroads pointing in every direction.

I find I like commotion better than emotion.

I only have a few clothes, all of them quite simple.

I am very impatient by nature, quick-tempered, and high strung with a tendency to want things done at once, or not at all.

It`s rather mortifying that although I boast of being descended from Viking robbers and bold cattle rustlers, I`m a rotten sailor and terrified of cows!

Only the very young who are trying to make their way, who are riding the crest of the first burst of ambition are allowed to be self-centered.

Experiment-- don`t be content to stay faithful to one safe color scheme. I do all my experimenting with scarves and try out all sorts of daring color combinations that way, before I venture out with a complete outfit.

People are always asking me what it was like during the golden years of Hollywood. That was in the 1920s and `30s-- which wasn`t my period. My period, the `40s and `50s, is what I call the romantic years of Hollywood.

I was a star in London. I did not come to Hollywood to play supporting roles.

When you can`t wait for your ship to come in, you`ve got to row out to it.

In a way it`s too bad I had to be a `movie star,` because it didn`t allow me to be the actress I wanted to be."

I dislike bullfights, political arguments, bouillabaisse, hamburgers-- they give me indigestion-- and horse-racing.

It`s my husband who does the doing, I just do the talking.

I think that women can be a tremendous force in the world. If it were up to women there would always be peace... women don`t want war. Squabbles maybe, but not war!

Keep your horizons wide and your waistline narrow.

Starting out to make money is the greatest mistake in life. Do what you feel you have a flair for doing, and if you are good enough at it, the money will come.

I do wish I could tell you my age but it`s impossible. It keeps changing all the time.

(speaking in the 1970s) "I`ve been offered nymphomaniacs, kleptomaniacs, pyromaniacs, homicidal maniacs and just plain maniacs. I think producers felt that after playing a long series of noble and admirable characters there would be quite a lot of shock value in seeing me play something altogether different. But I prefer upbeat stories that send people out of the theater feeling better than they did coming in. It`s my cup of tea."

"All I know about getting something that you want is that there are three essential things: wanting, trying and getting the opportunity, the breaks. None works alone without the others. Wanting is basic. Trying is up to you. And the breaks - I do know this, they always happen."

"If you`re going to be typed, there are worse moulds in which you can be cast."

(In a 1990 interview, Garson deplored the violence of many modern films) "I think the mirror should be tilted slightly upward when it`s reflecting life -- toward the cheerful, the tender, the compassionate, the brave, the funny, the encouraging, all those things -- and not tilted down to the gutter part of the time, into the troubled vistas of conflict."

"I remember her as gracious and beautiful. She had stature, but it didn`t make her inaccessible. She wasn`t somebody you`d poke and tell a dirty joke to, but she gave off a real feeling of warmth."--actress Eve Plumb, who costarred with Garson in the 1978 TV adaptation of Little Women.


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