Relationships: what the stars say

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When it comes to relationships, sex, marriage and divorce, Hollywood stars obsess just as much as the average person. Take Sophia Loren, who compares sex without love to washing your face, Debbie Harry, who admits she always falls for the bad guy or Sixties style icon Jane Birkin, who has the inside line on heartbreak.

From love and infidelity to the importance of a healthy love life, here are some tips, advice and observations from legends of the stage and screen...

  • Zsa Zsa Gabor

    "Getting divorced just because you don't love a man is almost as silly as getting married just because you do."

  • Marilyn Monroe

    "It's better to be unhappy alone than unhappy with someone."

  • Brigitte Bardot

    "I gave my beauty and my youth to men. I am going to give my wisdom and experience to animals."

  • Jane Fonda

    "When you can't remember why you're hurt, that's when you're healed."

  • Jane Birkin

    "I know what it's like to have someone coming home who looks at you not in the way they used to in the old days, and I've seen my own face contorted with sadness and rage in the mirror."

  • Debbie Harry

    "You always fall for the rascal or the guy who's got a little bit of the devil in him. You can't help it."

  • Katharine Hepburn

    "Sometimes I wonder if men and women really suit each other. Perhaps they should live next door and just visit now and then."

  • Doris Day

    "If it's true that men are such beasts, this must account for the fact that most women are animal lovers."

  • Grace Jones

    "Men are terrified of me. I can easily step into the mans shoes – that’s what sets off the tension. It puts the man in a position where he has to become the female. But, my image is supposed to frighten men, so only the good ones come through."

  • Marlene Dietrich

    "How do you know love is gone? If you said that you would be there at seven and you get there by nine, and he or she has not called the police yet - it's gone."

  • Jackie Kennedy

    "I don't think there are any men who are faithful to their wives."

  • Grace Kelly

    "I don't want to be married to someone who feels inferior to my success or because I make more money than he does."

  • Nina Simone

    "I would like a man now who is rich, and who can give me a boat - a sailboat. I want to own it and let him pay for it. My first love is the sea and water, not music. Music is second."

  • Bianca Jagger

    "A man who gets divorced is not forever going to be talked about for it. There are very different standards that we have for women than we have for men."

  • Elizabeth Taylor

    "I suppose when they reach a certain age some men are afraid to grow up. It seems the older the men get, the younger their new wives get."

  • Ingrid Bergman

    "Never again! I can see no reason for marriage - ever at all. I've had it. Three times is enough."

  • Jayne Mansfield

    "It is the most wonderful feeling in the world, knowing you are loved and wanted."

  • Jerry Hall

    "A healthy love life is not and should not be the preserve of those in their 20s and 30s. It's important at all ages."

  • Joan Collins

    "I've never yet met a man who could look after me. I don't need a husband. What I need is a wife."

  • Sophia Loren

    "Sex is like washing your face - just something you do because you have to. Sex without love is absolutely ridiculous. Sex follows love, it never precedes it."