Quotes by Beth Henley

Beth Henley

American playwright, screenwriter, and actress

Alive from: 1952-

Category: Movie | Writers (Contemporary)

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    And all writing is creating or spinning dreams for other people so they won't have to bother doing it themselves.
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    But here's the thing: what you do as a screenwriter is you sell your copyright. As a novelist, as a poet, as a playwright, you maintain your copyright.
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    He started hating me, cause I couldn't laugh at his jokes. I just started finding it impossible to laugh at his jokes the way I used to.
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    In movement class, you had to lie on the floor and get your alignment in to pass the class.
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    It's called Sisters of the Winter Madrigal. It was interesting for me to see it done after so many years; because I wrote it and I didn't realize what a rage I was in.
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    It's really interesting that whenever you do something that is so out of character, like having an emotional outburst, that you don't get in trouble.
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    My first few plays took place in the South and even The Lucky Spot was in the thirties but in Louisiana.
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    Part of that is that New York has proved to be too much fun for me to live and work; I love New York so much.
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    Plays are so much more special if they've never ever had a production, but I think you can really work on a play and make it better with each production.
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    Some really good things kind of swing both ways and I like to see people that can swing really, really, really sad and horrible and terrible and really, really, really beautiful and funny.
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    Somehow I got to be one of five or six actors that the directors would use as guinea pigs at this directing colloquium, where people pay to listen to and watch the directors direct.
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    That was always my inclination, to start on a new play before the other one gets done, because at least you'll have something to go back to if that play gets trashed.
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    That's what I like about [smoking]... taking a drag off of death, Mmm! Gives me a sense of controlling my own destiny. What power! What exhilaration! Want a drag?
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    The impetus behind going to graduate school was a year after graduating from college spent in Dallas working at the dog food factory and Bank America and not having met success in my chosen field, which at that point was being an actress.
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    The most glorious thing about working in the collaborative art is when you have somebody like Susan Kingsley or Kathy Bates who are better than your play.
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