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The happiest times in my life were the days when I was traveling with Les Brown and his band.


Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty.


I like joy; I want to be joyous; I want to have fun on the set; I want to wear beautiful clothes and look pretty. I want to smile and I want to make people laugh. And that's all I want. I like it. I like being happy. I want to make others happy.


Learning a part was like acting out the lyrics of a song.


If there is a Heaven I'm sure Rock Hudson is there because he was such a kind person.


I call him Ernie, because he's certainly no Rock. - On Rock Hudson


(on Ronald Reagan) Ronnie is really the only man I've ever known who loved dancing.


(on Cary Grant) A completely private person, totally reserved, and there is no way into him.


I'm pulling for him every step of the way. - On President George W. Bush


(About Elizabeth Taylor's diamonds) When I see Liz Taylor with those Harry Winston boulders hanging from her neck I get nauseated. Not figuratively, but nauseated! All I can think of are how many dog shelters those diamonds could buy.


The happiest times in my life were the days when I was traveling with Les (Brown) and his band.


(On recording "Secret Love" for the movie Calamity Jane (1953)): When I first heard "Secret Love" I almost fainted, it was so beautiful. When we finally got around to doing the pre-recording, Ray Heindorf, the musical director at Warner's, said he'd get the musicians in about 12:30 so they could rehearse. That morning I did my vocal warm-up, then jumped on my bike and rode over to Warner's - we lived in Toluca Lake at the time, which was just minutes from the studio. When I got there I sang the song with the orchestra for the first time. When I'd finished, Ray called me into the sound booth, grinning from ear to ear, and said, "That's it. You're never going to do it better." That was the first and only take we did.


Some of the downbeat pictures, in my opinion, should never be made at all. Most of them are made for personal satisfaction, to impress other actors who say 'Oh, God! what a shot, what camera work!' But the average person in the audience, who bought his ticket to be entertained, doesn't see that at all. He comes out depressed.


If there is a Heaven I'm sure Rock (Hudson) is there because he was such a kind person.


The really frightening thing about middle age is that you know you'll grow out of it.


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