Quotes on acting 4: Laurette Taylor


“The student of acting sits before her performance [as Amanda Wingfield in Glass Menagerie] and marvels at the series of constant surprises with which she rewards him. Her phrasing and accent of a line is so often unexpected, her movement so unanticipated. But each surprise is confirmed and justified by its inevitability. To traffic in the unexpected for its own sake is dangerous; when Miss Taylor offers the unexpected, you say, ‘Of course. That is the only way it should have been done.’ There is not a single cliche in her performance from beginning to end. That is why you sit so breathless to see what this woman will do next.”

— Norris Houghton on Laurette Taylor

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