I'll be up there again, so help me!

Norma Desmond

Norma, you're a woman of 50, now grow up. There's nothing tragic about being 50, not unless you try to be 25.

Joe Gillis

Jonesy! Hey, Jonesy!

Norma Desmond

Betty Schaefer: Oh, the old familiar story. You help a timid little soul cross a crowded street, she turns out to be a multimillionaire and leaves you all her money.
Joe Gillis: That's the trouble with you readers, you know all the plots.

Norma Desmond: You're a writer, you said.
Joe Gillis: Why?
Norma Desmond: Are you or aren't you?
Joe Gillis: That's what it says on my Guild card.
Norma Desmond: And you have written pictures, haven't you?
Joe Gillis: I sure have. Want a list of my credits?
Norma Desmond: I want to ask you something. Come in here.
Joe Gillis: Last one I wrote was about Okies in the Dust Bowl. You'd never know because when it reached the screen, the whole thing played on a torpedo boat.

Betty Schaefer: Where have you been keeping yourself? I've got the most wonderful news for you.
Joe Gillis: I haven't been keeping myself at all, lately.

Without me, there wouldn't be any Paramount studio.

Norma Desmond

The stars are ageless, aren't they?

Norma Desmond

Now back to the typewritters by way of Washington Square.

Joe Gillis

First assistant director: I understand she
[Norma Desmond]
First assistant director: was a terror to work with.
Cecil B. DeMille: Only toward the end. You know, a dozen press agents working overtime can do terrible things to the human spirit.

Yes, this is Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, California. It's about five 0'clock in the morning. That's the homicide squad, complete with detectives and newspaper men.

Joe Gillis

Max Von Mayerling: You see those offices up there? That was Madame's dressing room, the whole row.
Joe Gillis: Didn't leave much for Wallace Reid.
Max Von Mayerling: Oh, he had a big bungalow on wheels.

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