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Born: 1961-07-18
Profession: Actress
Nation: American
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Now we have to contend with overstimulation and too many opportunities all the time, and too many decisions all the time.

Tags: Contend, Decisions, Time

That feeling of being 19 or 20 and 'hot' in Hollywood was so intense.

Tags: Feeling, Hollywood, Hot

The way it works in Hollywood is that if you're hot it doesn't matter if you're right for the part or not, you're just offered it.

Tags: Hot, Matter, Works

There is nothing in my life where I view myself as a 1920s person.

Tags: Life, View

To me, the lyrics of the song define the kind of style it is.

Tags: Define, Song, Style

We lack rituals in this modern world.

Tags: Lack, Modern, Rituals

Well, I have a band, Sadie and the Hotheads, and we have an album that is already out that is available on our website.

Tags: Album, Available, Band

Well, when I moved to England I was making a lot of personal adjustments because I was getting married and starting a family, that sort of thing.

Tags: Family, Making, Personal

Whenever I work on anything, there's always the fantasy that what one is doing is the next 'Citizen Kane'-slash-'Sopranos.'

Tags: Fantasy, Next, Work

As far as I can see women who have facelifts don't look younger, just weirder. You see them on screen with these tight, little porcelain faces - then the hand goes up to the face and it looks like it belongs to an alien. I find it really freaky.

Tags: Face, Far, Women

By definition, an actor's life is a recipe for regret. There are always roads you could have taken. But I've lived long enough to realise that each road has its own rewards.

Tags: Enough, Life, Regret

Hollywood never suited me, I didn't ever feel comfortable with it, it took me a couple of years but I found where I was always meant to be... Chiswick!

Tags: Found, Hollywood, Took

Honestly, I am always shocked when I see myself in the mirror because I feel exactly the same as I did when I was 18 getting off the plane to go to Juilliard in New York.

Tags: Getting, Mirror, Off

I love having the opportunity to explore a part for a great length of time, really get deeper and deeper into it, because you only have a chance to do that once or twice in a career.

Tags: Great, Love, Time

So the English approach to show business and their work is more - and this is a big generalization, I hasten to say - but it's more, they work on it as a craft job.

Tags: Business, Job, Work

England as a culture has endured so much more than America has as a culture, so it's given them a different perspective.

Tags: America, Culture, England

I can't just sit around thinking how lucky I am.

Tags: Lucky, Sit, Thinking

I don't believe in villains - just people who channel their energy in the wrong way.

Tags: Energy, Villains, Wrong

I had reconciled myself to being happily out to pasture, a bit.

Tags: Bit, Happily, Pasture

I have a terrible sense of direction.

Tags: Direction, Sense, Terrible

I just find it fascinating, like everybody, to be in a different life. It's an escape.

Tags: Escape, Everybody, Life

I like writing letters and receiving letters. It's a shame that we've lost the art of letter-writing and saving correspondence. I mourn that.

Tags: Art, Lost, Writing

I miss sometimes the buzz of America. A sense that anything can change at the drop of a hat. In a way, it's an exhausting thing to live with.

Tags: America, Change, Sometimes
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I still feel I'm doing the same work I've always done.

Tags: Done, Work

I turned down the opportunity to be in some films that went on to be blockbusters.

Tags: Films, Turned

I wasn't ecstatic about being pregnant - I wasn't somebody who actively wanted kids. Certainly there were no fantasies about nappy-changing.

Tags: Kids, Somebody, Wanted

I'm someone who's done the opposite of whatever the received wisdom is, to keep your career going into your 50s.

Tags: Career, Someone, Wisdom

I've been in things that have impressed people and they've come up to congratulate you but in a kind of, you-must-think-you're-really-special way.

Tags: Impressed

I've found acting on stage much more challenging than on screen.

Tags: Acting, Found, Stage

I've got my private life - that's sacred - and I didn't have that before.

Tags: Life, Private, Sacred

If I feel I can play a part I do everything in my power to try to play it.

Tags: Power, Try

In London, I take the Tube everywhere.

Tags: Everywhere, London, Tube

In today's world, we all live with the burden of feeling that anything is possible if we're only clever enough, smart enough, work hard enough.

Tags: Smart, Today, Work

It's peaceful for people to know how their lives are going to be, pretty much.

Tags: Lives, Peaceful, Pretty

It's very tough when two creative people are together.

Tags: Creative, Together, Tough

Most people grow up dreaming of going to Hollywood and some of them work and work and work and finally end up in Hollywood.

Tags: End, Grow, Work

My family were all into classical music, and I found that very intimidating.

Tags: Family, Found, Music

My father was an academic, an eccentric. He was a lecturer.

Tags: Academic, Eccentric, Father

My job now is to work hard and learn all I can.

Tags: Hard, Job, Work

North Hollywood isn't actually Hollywood, it's in the San Fernando Valley... it's not the most glamorous part of L.A.

Tags: Actually, Glamorous, Hollywood
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