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Grandmother Lettie: If you've got one drop of my blood in your veins, you won't let Mattie or any of her kind break your heart, you'll go right out there and break it yourself.

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Vicki Lester: Hello, everybody. This is Mrs. Norman Maine.

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Grandmother Lettie: Tragedy is a test of courage. If you can meet it bravely, it will leave you bigger than it found you. If not than you will have to live all you life as a coward, because no matter where you may run you can never run away from yourself.

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Norman Maine: Do you mind if I take just one more look?

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Esther Blodgett: Some day you won't laugh at me! I'm going out and have a real life! I'm gonna be somebody!

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Oliver Niles: Now, I'm going to turn you over to our demon press agent, Libby. Don't let him frighten you. He has a heart of gold... only harder.

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Esther Blodgett: [Practising her line with an accent] Acme... Naw Shmith ain't in!

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Norman Maine: I don't want to sound immodest, but I think I've stripped a gear.

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Esther Blodgett: I'm going out there and BE somebody!

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Casey Burke: His work is beginning to interfere with his drinking.

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Aunt Mattie: Of course, no one ever listens to me!

Grandmother Lettie: They do if they're within ten miles of ya.

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Norman Maine: Do you think I'm slipping?

Oliver Niles: Can you take it?

Norman Maine: Yeah, go ahead.

Oliver Niles: The tense is wrong. You're not slipping - you've slipped.

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Norman Maine: What do they do with the actors while you're away?

Matt Libby: Oh, they cut 'em into slices and fry 'em with eggs.

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Matt Libby: That elopement thing is out; we're gonna have a wedding. Where are we going to have it?

Oliver Niles: The customary place, I believe, is a church.

Matt Libby: Nah! It's been done. This has gotta be something big... The beach! I can visualize it. The bridesmaids in bathing suits; twenty thousand Santa Monica school children spelling out the word "love"... but is it big enough?

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Danny McGuire: The program tonight's gonna be swell. Take this fella Beethoven: I'm a pushover for him. And Chopin - well, he's not so dusty, either.

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Oliver Niles: [Referring to Norman's accommodations at a sanatorium for treatment of alcoholism] Are you comfortable here, Norman?

Norman Maine: Comfortable? It's positively luxurious! They even have iron bars in the windows to keep out the draft.

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Grandmother Lettie: Esther, everyone in this world who has ever dreamed about better things has been laughed at, don't you know that? But there's a difference between dreaming and doing. The dreamers just sit around and moon about how wonderful it would be if only things were different. And the years roll on and by and by they grow and they forget everything, even about their dreams. Oh yes, you want to be somebody, but you want it to be easy. Oh you modern girls give me a pain!

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Matt Libby: That's a charming match. A nice girl like Vicki and Public Nuisance Number One.

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Oliver Niles: [to Esther] All the experts seems to think that your type is a little mild for present day's taste. But I'd rather believe that tastes change, like eyebrows. And I think that also like eyebrows, tastes are going back to the natural.

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Grandmother Lettie: [speaking at the Hollywood premiere to the radio audience] It took me more than 70... more than 60 years to get here, and here I mean to stay!

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