Beautiful Betty Grable is one of my favorite stars – one that, the more I read about her, the more things I find to like about her. I love her personality and sense of humor. She seems to have been an especially likable, down-to-earth star in spite of her beauty and success.
She somehow remained very humble and didn’t seem to give herself nearly enough credit for her acting abilities. Like Marilyn Monroe and a few other stars, I just don’t think she realized how talented she actually was.
Below are some of my favorite Betty Grable quotes:
“The woman’s vision is deep-reaching, the man’s far-reaching. With the man the world is his heart, with the woman the heart is her world.”
“The practice of putting women on pedestals began to die out when it was discovered that they could give orders better from there.”
“You’re better off betting on a horse than betting on a man. A horse may not be able to hold you tight, but he doesn’t wanna wander from the stable at night.”
(About Marilyn Monroe) “It may sound peculiar to say so, because she is no longer with us, but we were very close. Once when we were doing that picture How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) together, I got a call on the set: my younger daughter had had a fall. I ran home and the one person to call was Marilyn. She did an awful lot to boost things up for movies when everything was at a low state; there’ll never be anyone like her for looks, for attitude, for all of it.”
“There are two reasons why I am successful in show business and I am standing on both of them.”
(When asked if her status as new mother threatened her image) “I never thought of it. If they don’t like it, the devil with ’em. Fact is, I’ve more fan mail since, especially from servicemen telling me about their wives and babies.”
“It’s loud, it’s cheap, it’s gaudy. It’s like everything I’ve ever done – I LOVE IT!”
“I’m strictly an enlisted man’s girl.”
(About Desi Arnaz) “She was everything to him. It was always Lucy, Lucy, Lucy. She was his life.”
“My legs made me.”
“I’m a song-and-dance girl. I can act enough to get by. But that’s the limit of my talents.”