SHOW BUSINESS QUOTES

quotations about show business

There's no business like show business.

IRVING BERLIN, Annie Get Your Gun

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Show business offers more solid promises than Catholicism.

JOHN GUARE, London Independent, April 25, 1992

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Show business is really 90 per cent luck and 10 per cent being able to handle it when it gets offered to you.

TOMMY STEELE, London Listener, October 10, 1974

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I always tell new people in show business. I say, "Look, show business pays you a lot of money, because eventually you're gonna get screwed. And when you get screwed, you will have this pile of money off to the side already." And they go, "OK, OK, OK, you ready? You ready?" "I got screwed." "You got the pile of money?" "Yeah, I'm fine." I mean, that's the way it works.

JAY LENO, 60 Minutes, January 26, 2014

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Show business is and has always been a depraved carnival.

DAVID MAMET, True and False

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Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the road less traveled by and they CANCELLED MY FRIKKIN' SHOW. I totally shoulda took the road that had all those people on it. Damn.

JOSS WHEDON, post on Bronze Beta web message board after discovering that The WB had cancelled Angel, February 14, 2004

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Show business is just like high school, except you get paid.

MARTIN MULL, attributed, Laugh Off: The Comedy Showdown Between Real Life and the Pros

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Show business is ... the science of packing theatres.

WOLF MANKOWITZ, ABC of Show Business

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One of the great things about show business is that Monday can be disappointing and Tuesday can be exhilarating. Momentum and fortunes change on a dime.

ROB LOWE, Socs and Greasers: Behind The Scenes of The Outsiders from Rob Lowe's Stories I Only Tell My Friends

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Waking up from bad dreams and smoking cigarettes
Cuddling a warm girl and smelling stale perfume
A hot summer's day and sticky black tarmac
Feeding ducks in the park and wishing you were far away

That's entertainment, that's entertainment

THE JAM, "That's Entertainment"

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I am in show business. I don't, for a minute, ever forget that this is a business that I'm involved in, and it plays by business' rules.

HARRISON FORD, Barbra Walters interview, ABC Special Report, March 24, 1997

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I'm ... still running to the next show, coming alive under the lights, still making love to an audience that I know will go home and make love to one another and leave me alone again.

SAMMY DAVIS, JR., attributed, Life Upon the Wicked Stage: A Sociological Study of Entertainers

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Retire? I'm going to stay in show business until I'm the only one left.

GEORGE BURNS, attributed, Gotcha!

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There are two reasons why I am successful in show business and I am standing on both of them.

BETTY GRABLE, attributed, The Encarta Book of Quotations

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That's what show business is--sincere insincerity.

BENNY HILL, The Observer, June 12, 1977

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Nowadays almost every business is like show business, including politics, which has become more like show business than show business is.

RUSSELL BAKER, "The Face Game"

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I went into show business strictly from hunger. Starvation helps to turn you into a good actor, I guess.

JAMES CAGNEY, attributed, Film-makers Speak

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Show business is the best possible therapy for remorse.

ANITA LOOS, Kiss Hollywood Goodbye

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Part of show business is magic. You don't know how it happens.

SAMMY DAVIS, JR., attributed, Life Upon the Wicked Stage: A Sociological Study of Entertainers

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We are in the same tent as the clowns and the freaks -- that's show business.

EDWARD R. MURROW, attributed by Bill Moyers, CBS, September 10, 1986

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