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Born: 1954-07-19
Profession: Actress
Nation: American
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I'm not very active politically. The causes I work on offer immediate, practical, accessible help, and politics has never meant that to me.

Tags: Help, Politics, Work

I'm very practical. What I'm reaching for is individualism for women.

Tags: Practical, Reaching, Women

My father was a diplomatic officer. As a diplomat's daughter, you have to learn to present yourself very early on.

Tags: Father, Learn, Yourself

My husband says I can do anything I put my mind to, but the truth i, the only thing I want to do is act.

Tags: Husband, Mind, Truth

The big gap between the ability of actors is confidence.

Tags: Between, Big, Confidence

What makes me angry? The education of children. How in God's name can you expect to have a functioning society the way we teach our kids?

Tags: Education, God, Society

Women are responsible for creating their own roles.

Tags: Creating, Roles, Women

As I traveled from one country to another, no one knew anything about me. So I could be anybody, I could speak as I wished, act as I wished, dress as I wished.

Tags: Another, Country, Speak

I figured as I got older, the good roles for women would be in the theatre. So 15 years ago I started building a Broadway career to try and develop the chops to be accepted as a great theatrical actress.

Tags: Good, Great, Women

I have a brother who's a psychologist. He says three-quarters of the world are born feeling that they will be affected by the world; one quarter are born knowing that they will affect the world.

Tags: Brother, Feeling, Knowing

I never feel more alive than when I'm on stage. On film you feel chopped up, you can be acting from the neck up, or the hand, there is a lot of close up.

Tags: Acting, Alive, Film

I often play women who are not essentially good or likable, and I often go through a stage where I hate them. Then I end up loving and defending them.

Tags: Good, Hate, Women

I rent houses in LA when I'm filming. I find the isolation there terrifying. There's nowhere to go, there's nowhere to be with people. I'm not a beach bunny.

Tags: Beach, Isolation, Nowhere

If my ego was out of whack and I believed I could carry anything off, that would be a stupid risk. But so far there's been no reason not to try anything.

Tags: Ego, Stupid, Try

It never occurred to me that I couldn't change things that needed changing or couldn't have what I wanted if I worked hard enough and was good enough.

Tags: Change, Good, Hard

This is not about abortion or the antics. This is about pro choice versus anti-choice and government intervention in a woman's personal decisions about her life.

Tags: Government, Life, Woman

What we need is more women writers, writing for older women. There are some actresses who have production companies and create their own material, and I truly admire that.

Tags: Older, Women, Writing

You shouldn't get to live in society and give nothing back. People complain about their taxes, yet they do nothing for the community. That makes me furious.

Tags: Give, Makes, Society

Being a sex symbol has to do with an attitude, not looks. Most men think it's looks, most women know otherwise.

Tags: Attitude, Men, Women

A woman can plan when to have her family and how to support a family.

Tags: Family, Her, Woman
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I think my mission is to become the greatest human I can. I know that sounds pompous, but what else do we have?

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A woman my age is not supposed to be attractive or sexually appealing. I just get kinda tired of that.

Tags: Age, Tired, Woman

The older I get, the less I suffer fools gladly.

Tags: Fools, Less, Older

There are still women who are not living their own lives, but living through their men or their children.

Tags: Children, Men, Women

I know there are nights when I have power, when I could put on something and walk in somewhere, and if there is a man who doesn't look at me, it's because he's gay.

Tags: Gay, Power, Put

It begins and ends with money. It's absurd in this day and age when we need so much money for education, health, for people, that a $100 million dollars can be spent on a film. It's obscene.

Tags: Age, Education, Health

I'm very old-fashioned in some ways because of my father, who thought that being a public servant was an honor. Everyone must find a capacity in which they can serve, because we all benefit from society.

Tags: Father, Society, Thought

At about 40, the roles started slowing down. I started getting offers to play mothers and grandmothers.

Tags: Getting, Mothers, Started

Crimes of Passion, which is one of the best films I've done, will live strongly in my resume, even though it didn't do well.

Tags: Best, Done, Passion

Get more women producers, writers, directors. Why should we expect men to do it for us? They can't.

Tags: Men, Why, Women

I always thought the point was to have a bigger life, to meet more people. So I don't understand Hollywood.

Tags: Life, Thought, Understand

I am certainly a liberal.

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I do not admire young actresses whose foreheads cannot move.

Tags: Cannot, Move, Young

I don't believe in simply accumulating money, but I have the luxury to say that, because I have enough for all my needs.

Tags: Enough, Money, Needs

I find the idea of today's icons being teenagers incredibly uninspiring.

Tags: Idea, Teenagers, Today

I had a great deal of pressure to move to LA after Romancing the Stone came out and I'd become very popular. But people came to me anyway.

Tags: After, Become, Great

I have health. I have a wonderful support system. I have the admiration of millions of strangers, which I do not underestimate.

Tags: Health, Support, Wonderful

I have no desire to play most of the roles being offered.

Tags: Desire, Offered, Roles

I never took to Hollywood.

Tags: Hollywood, Took

I think Europeans have enough tradition and respect for the experience and body of work of an actress that they don't sell out to the new ones.

Tags: Experience, Respect, Work

I want people to like me. They don't have to always like my characters, you understand.

Tags: Characters, Understand

I would certainly choose my jobs depending on the actions of the character. I won't do anything that has to do with child abuse or women's abuse.

Tags: Character, Child, Women

I'm not a New York snob.

Tags: Snob, York
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