Blythe Danner Quotes


You live long enough you lose enough people you learn to appreciate the memories you have and stop begrudging the ones you never got to make.

You cannot be the perfect wife the perfect mother and the perfect actor all at the same time.

I don't give my advice unless it's asked for.

Acting is really only part of my life. I'm addicted to it.

It was in high school that I first became interested in acting. We put on lots of plays.

Maybe subconsciously I've kept activism separate from acting because it's important to me in a more profound way.

Film has always been hard for me I'm basically a stage actress. I never felt comfortable in front of the camera.

Actors are very generous.

I feel a little guilty only being an actor.

I think one of my very favorite films of all time was with Peter Sellers when he played Chauncey the gardener. Being There.

We all have an obligation as citizens of this earth to leave the world a healthier cleaner and better place for our children and future generations.

My family was very musical. My brother is an opera singer; my parents both sang.

I really pulled back on my career when the kids were young and my husband and I made a pact never to work while the other one was.

I really do like being independent and I don't want to have to rely on anyone else to cart me around if I break a bone.

Mostly I spend my time being a mother to my two children working in my organic garden raising masses of sweet peas being passionately involved in conservation recycling and solar energy.

That's what's so wonderful about being in this business because you're constantly surprised. You have to be up for anything.

Being a grandmother is probably the most important thing to me. I have two really rambunctious little ones and I love spending time with them.

I think I have a lot of crazy layers.

I loved doing Shakespeare. My two favorite roles in fact have been Viola in Twelfth Night and Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream.

My theory in anything you do is to keep exploring keep digging deeper to find new stuff.

You learn more discipline in the theatre than you do in movies or TV. You're on stage every night and you have to sustain your energy level tor several hours.

I've been very lucky. I wanted to be an actress but I didn't really have the drive to sell myself. Fortunately I had a terrific agent in New York who kept me going from job to job.

My husband was very special and very funny and outspoken and he would have a black and blue every so often because under the table I'd say 'Don't say that!'

When I was beginning a young actor could go from repertory company to repertory company. I did that and loved it. I was also lucky.

Onstage or in films you do affect peoples' lives and sometimes that's very gratifying. But still there's this little voice that says you should be doing something that matters.

I've always had a middling kind of a career not great highs and great lows.

Singing and dancing will never grow old for me - I'd like to do that until I'm... actually I think I'd like to drop dead onstage. I think that'd be just great.

Whether you're on TV or on the stage you have to work hard to stay fresh real and full of energy. You can't settle back. You always have to stay on your toes.

For a woman who's a widow and pretty much a loner I can walk out and I'm surrounded by NYU kids. The energy jumps off the sidewalks and I never feel sad or bored.

Part of me says that no life will work if I can't make this one right.

I try to avoid a specific image. I seek to play as many different women as I can to avoid having a label put on me.

I feel that its our children who do give us hope because they are the ones who are going to save the world.