Hollywood Actresses on…Marriage

elizabeth taylor and richard burton

A strange thing is happening. I appear to be growing up. All of a sudden I’m thinking about the future. All the big life choices, all the roads I could possibly take. When I was a teenager I couldn’t think past the next weekend and now I’m thinking about where I’d like to be a decade from now! Marriage is something that I never thought I would partake in. I’m from a divorced family so I know that love is what keeps people together, not marriage. However, I do feel happy for other people who want to make it official and I think planning the wedding itself must be very exciting. 

In Old Hollywood actors and actress had a reputation for marrying several times over. I was shocked to discover that Jean Harlow had been married three times in her short 26 years of life! These people aren’t the best source of advice on marriage but perhaps we can learn from their mistakes. Sometimes amusing, sometimes romantic, but mostly tragic, here are some quotes from famous actresses:

Brought up to respect the conventions, love had to end in marriage. I’m afraid it did.
Bette Davis

An affair now and then is good for a marriage. It adds spice, stops it from getting boring… I ought to know.
Bette Davis

If you want to sacrifice the admiration of many men for the criticism of one, go ahead, get married.
Katharine Hepburn

You don’t have to be married to have a good friend as your partner for life.
Greta Garbo

If I get married, I want to be very married.
Audrey Hepburn

Marriage is a great institution.
Elizabeth Taylor

Sometimes when I visit my sister and her two children, I wonder if she missed a lot by getting married. Right now, nothing could be further from my mind than getting married.
Natalie Wood

When I get married it will be for keeps.
Natalie Wood

Before marriage, a girl has to make love to a man to hold him. After marriage, she has to hold him to make love to him.
Marilyn Monroe

Marriage is a great institution, but I’m not ready for an institution.
Mae West

I suffered, I really suffered, with all three of my husbands. And I tried damn hard with all three, starting each marriage certain that it was going to last until the end of my life. Yet none of them lasted more than a year or two.
Ava Gardner

Perhaps my problem in marriage-and it is the problem of many women-was to want both intimacy and independence. It is a difficult line to walk, yet both needs are important to a marriage.
Hedy Lamarr

Never again! I can see no reason for marriage – ever at all. I’ve had it. Three times is enough.
– Ingrid Bergman

All quotes are from brainyquote.com


2 thoughts on “Hollywood Actresses on…Marriage

  1. Great array of quotes on marriage, dear gal. I married young (by modern North American standards), shortly after turning twenty and have now been married to my darling husband for nearly nine years (our ninth anniversary is in October). I truly adore being married and think it’s a role that suits us both really well, which certainly helps strengthen the bonds of our relationship every day. I’ve always been a die-hard romantic and completely echo Natalie Wood’s sentiments here – (our) marriage is for keeps.

    ♥ Jessica

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