• “My mother told me I was dancing before I was born. She could feel my toes tapping wildly inside her for months.”
  • “When two people love each other, they don’t look at each other; they look in the same direction.”
  • “They’re not going to get my money to see the junk that’s made today.”(1983)
  • “The only way to enjoy anything in this life is to earn it first.”
  • “I don’t know which I like best. I love the applause on the stage. But pictures are so fascinating – you reach many millions through them. And you make more money too.”
  • “When you’re happy, you don’t count the years.”
  • “Hollywood is like an empty wastebasket.”
  • [On her partnership with Astaire] “After all, it’s not as if we were Abbott and Costello. We did have careers apart from each other.”
  • “The most important thing in anyone’s life is to be giving something. The quality I can give is fun, joy and happiness. This is my gift.”