The old-fashioned idea that the simple piling up of experiences, one on top of another, can make you an artist, is, of course, so much rubbish. If acting were just a matter of experience, then any busy harlot could make Garbo's Camille pale.
Helen Hayes (1900–1993), U.S. actor. On Reflection, ch. 6 (1968).
Camille was the American version of Alexandre Dumas, fils' 1852 French play, La Dame aux Camelias. A sentimental tale of the tragic love of a beautiful courtesan, it was made into a popular movie in 1937 starring Greta Garbo.