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Quotes / Grande Dame

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"Why are they laughing, Julie?"
Margaret Dumont — Attributed to her by Groucho Marx (whose real first name was "Julius"), who often claimed she never understood any of The Marx Brothers' jokes.

"The air is the air — what can be done?"
T'Pau (Celia Lovsky) — Star Trek: The Original Series: "Amok Time"

"I regard the entire personnel of the ensemble of our musical comedy theatres as — if you will pardon me being Victorian for a moment — painted hussies."
"They've got to paint."
"Well, they needn't huss."
Lady Julia Fish to her son Ronnie — Heavy Weather

"We were singing about pimps and whores in front of Helen Mirren!"
Taraji P. Henson, on how awkward she felt performing "It's Hard Out There for a Pimp" at the Academy Awards.