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"I had it (smoking), it stinks". "Entertainment Tonight" (1981).


In 1978: "I'm looking forward to bigger parts in the future, but I'm not doing soft-core scripts where the character emerges in half-light, half-dressed."


You can't get spoiled if you do your own ironing.


(On whether Madonna should play Eva Peron in the film version of Evita (1996) instead of her): "I can sing better than she can. If Madonna gets it, I'll rip her throat out!"


I thought it was really fun, you've got to understand, but I didn't think it was a serious way to conduct your life. You know, I had a sense of mission. I was a true child of the '60s. (on her view of acting back in college)


I love doing comedy, but people just don't give me enough of a chance. It's one of the reasons I enjoy The Manchurian Candidate (2004) so much. It's because I actually get a chance to be funny.


Let's face it, we were all once 3-year-olds who stood in the middle of the living room and everybody thought we were so adorable. Only some of us grow up and get paid for it.


Someone once said that sometimes studio heads don't want to cast films with the image of their first wife in the role. It's just rather unpleasant for them. So they like the idea of the new one.


I think I was wired for family. You know how they say people are wired for religion, or wired for this or that? I always knew I would like to, if I could find the right person, have a family. I can't imagine living single.


I get nervous calling myself an artist. I feel I'm more like an interpreter or a violinist, you know.


"Oh boy, no matter how much you try to imagine what this is like, it's just so incredibly thrilling right down your toes." (On winning the 1983 Best Actress Oscar for Sophie's Choice (1982)).


But ... in my own experience of male and female directors, people have a much, much harder time taking a direct command from a woman. It's somehow very difficult for people.


Sometimes under-preparation is very good, because it instills fear and fear is galvanizing. It makes you break out of yourself. If you're prepared, then you think you're ready, and if you think you're ready, then you're not ready.


It's hard to negotiate the present landscape with a brain and a female body. (On her struggles as an actress earlier in her career)


My God, I was settling in for a long winter's nap. I've been nominated, like 789 times, but it hasn't been since the Mesozoic Era that I've actually won. (on winning a Golden Globe for _Adaptation._ (2002))


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