quotations about Hollywood
Hollywood's a place where they'll pay you a thousand dollars for kiss, and fifty cents for your soul.
MARILYN MONROE, My Story
You can take all the sincerity in Hollywood, place it in the navel of a fruit fly and still have room enough for three caraway seeds and a producer’s heart.
FRED ALLEN, attributed, Popcorn in Paradise
Hollywood isn't your cesspool, America. It's your mirror.
BILL MAHER, Real Time with Bill Maher, Feb. 25, 2005
I love Los Angeles. I love Hollywood. They're beautiful. Everybody's plastic, but I love plastic. I want to be plastic.
ANDY WARHOL, The Mammoth Book of Zingers
Hollywood is a place where people from Iowa mistake each other for movie stars.
FRED ALLEN, Dick Enberg's Humorous Quotes for All Occasions
In Hollywood a girl's virtue is much less important than her hairdo.
MARILYN MONROE, My Story
Hollywood has always been a cage ... a cage to catch our dreams.
JOHN HUSTON, London Times, Dec. 27, 1987
Hollywood is more of an idea than a place.
KEVIN BACON, "What I've Learned", Esquire, March 2014
There's nothing the matter with Hollywood that a good earthquake couldn't cure.
MOSS HART, The Mammoth Book of Zingers, Quips, and One-liners
Hollywood is like Picasso's bathroom.
CANDICE BERGEN, attributed, Funny Ladies: The Best Humor from America's Funniest Women
To create what it does, Hollywood has to draw young people, often of unstable temperament, from all over the world. It plunges them into exacting work--surrounds them with a sensuous life--and cuts them off from the normal sources of living.
MAX LERNER, America as a Civilization
Hollywood will rot on the windmills of Eternity
Hollywood whose movies stick in the throat of God
ALLEN GINSBERG, Kaddish and Other Poems
Hollywood is an American, or more accurately an international "dream factory" town, which alternately mixes the promise of quick wealth, gratification of the senses and escape from the mundane with ruthless savaging of individuals, moral decadence and cheap glamour. The social structure is a pyramid whose highly visible and publicized top layers are supported by masses of disappointed, embittered and equally corrupted slave laborers.
KIMBALL KING, Hollywood on Stage
The place is unreal. The people are unreal. The flowers are unreal--they don't smell. The fruit is unreal. Even the streets and buildings are unreal. I always expected to hear a carpenter shout "Strike" and the whole place come down like a stage set. That's what Hollywood is--a set, a glaring, gaudy, nightmarish set erected in the desert.
ETHEL BARRYMORE, Milwaukee Journal, March 15, 1942
You're now heading toward Hollywood, like any normal tourist. Breathe in that smog and feel lucky that only in L.A. will you glimpse a green sun or a brown moon. Forget the propaganda you've heard about clean air; demand oxygen you can see in all its glorious discoloration.
JOHN WATERS, attributed, Crackpot: The Obsessions of John Waters
In Hollywood, brides keep the bouquet and throw away the groom.
GROUCHO MARX, attributed, The Ultimate Book of Quotations
Isn’t Hollywood a dump--in the human sense of the word. A hideous town, pointed up by the insulting gardens of its rich, full of the human spirit at a new low of debasement.
F. SCOTT FITZGERALD, letter, Jul. 29, 1940
I think there is a predisposition among Christians that Hollywood is anti-Jesus or anti-Christianity. I was warned I'd have to fight to maintain the freedom to express my beliefs. It's an unfair stereotype, and so far that's been the farthest from the truth. While everyone I work with may not share my beliefs, I have been surrounded by nothing but support.
CLAY AIKEN, Today's Christian Magazine, Nov/Dec. 2005
Hollywood didn't kill Marilyn Monroe, it's the Marilyn Monroes who are killing Hollywood.
BILLY WILDER, attributed, Great Hollywood Wit
Suicide is much easier and more acceptable in Hollywood than growing old gracefully.
JULIE BURCHILL, Girls on Film