All right, she may not have written them, but with her fiery delivery, Liz always made her lines sound like they really originated in her mouth.
The most vivid:
(5) “No sale!”
Liz didn’t even say this one, actually. She furiously wrote it in lipstick on the mirror at the beginning of that whore’s tale Butterfield 8. But you could totally hear her voice as she wrote it.
(4) “I asked it of Julius Caesar, I demand it of you!”
Liz’s Cleopatra commandments like this one proved she was totally worth lifting by hundreds of extras.
(3) “One of those no-neck monsters hit me with some ice cream.” (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.)
No jokes, please. This was in her svelte era. She was Maggie the cat, not anything else.
2) “Mama, face it. I was the slut of all time.”
Also from Butterfield 8, but this time the lipstick must have run out because Liz actually said it. With a lot of conviction.
And my favorite…
(1) “I don’t bray!”
Which was said, of course, while braying, in the immortal Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?.
Let’s face it, no one could bray “I don’t bray!” quite like La Liz.
Thankfully, we have her line readings to cherish and imitate (and bray) forever.