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Born: 1949-11-13
Profession: Actress
Nation: American
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I'm fighting the label of 'Black' actress simply because it's very limiting in people's eyes, especially people who are making movies.

Tags: Black, Eyes, Movies

If every American donated five hours a week, it would equal the labor of 20 million full-time volunteers.

Tags: American, Labor, Week

Just call me black, if you want to call me anything.

Tags: Black, Call

My family is Jewish, Buddhist, Baptist and Catholic. I don't believe in man-made religions.

Tags: Catholic, Family, Jewish

The Africans know I'm not an African. I'm an American.

Tags: African, American

We're born with success. It is only others who point out our failures, and what they attribute to us as failure.

Tags: Failure, Others, Success

When I listen to these women, it makes what I thought were my hard knocks feel like little nudges.

Tags: Hard, Thought, Women

You know, be an actor because you love to act. Don't be an actor because you think you're going to get famous, because that's luck.

Tags: Famous, Love, Luck

And I don't believe that I have to stay on one side of the fence or the other. I don't believe that there is any good career move or bad career move. I believe there are only the things that make me happy.

Tags: Bad, Good, Happy

I am the American Dream. I am the epitome of what the American Dream basically said. It said you could come from anywhere and be anything you want in this country. That's exactly what I've done.

Tags: Country, Done, Said

Sitting at the table during Color Purple and looking up and suddenly realizing I was acting in front of Steven Spielberg, was pretty cool. It was pretty good.

Tags: Cool, Good, Pretty

When I started, I knew I didn't fit any visual that anyone was going to lie down and take their clothes off about. Work doesn't come to me; I go out and look for it.

Tags: Lie, Off, Work

When I was doing ensemble theater and comedy work, I felt I had some talents. But when I started doing my shows in Berkeley and found that I could be funny on my own, I was shocked.

Tags: Comedy, Funny, Work

Normal is nothing more than a cycle on a washing machine.

Tags: Cycle, Machine, Normal

It bums me out tremendously what the church has become, and if it's got me bummed, imagine what Jesus Christ must be feeling.

Tags: Become, Feeling, Jesus

I don't have pet peeves; I have whole kennels of irritation.

Tags: Irritation, Pet, Whole

It's being willing to walk away that gives you strength and power - if you're willing to accept the consequences of doing what you want to do.

Tags: Away, Power, Strength

I am where I am because I believe in all possibilities.

Tags: Artists, Issues, Reason

I don't look like Halle Berry. But chances are she's going to end up looking like me.

Tags: End, Looking, She

I am an artist, art has no color and no sex.

Tags: Art, Artist, Sex

When you are kind to someone in trouble, you hope they'll remember and be kind to someone else. And it'll become like a wildfire.

Tags: Hope, Remember, Someone

I used my imagination to make the grass whatever color I wanted it to be.

Tags: Used, Wanted, Whatever

Things happen to you out of luck, and if you get to stick around it's because you're talented.

Tags: Happen, Luck, Stick

Most of all, I dislike this idea nowadays that if you're a black person in America, then you must be called African-American. Listen, I've visited Africa, and I've got news for everyone: I'm not an African.

Tags: America, Black, Everyone

I think the idea that you know who your inner self is on a daily basis, because... you know. What's good for you 25 years ago may not be good for you now. So, to keep in touch with that, I think that's the first ingredient for success. Because if you're a successful human being, everything else is gravy, I think.

Tags: Good, Success, Successful

An actress can only play a woman. I'm an actor, I can play anything.

Tags: Actor, Actress, Woman
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I don't really view communism as a bad thing.

Tags: Bad, Communism, View

I'm a big old egotistical baby and that's okay. I can accept it.

Tags: Accept, Big, Old

That's the thing about Mother Nature, she really doesn't care what economic bracket you're in.

Tags: Care, Mother, Nature

You've got to vote for someone. It's a shame, but it's got to be done.

Tags: Done, Someone, Vote

Normal is in the eye of the beholder.

Tags: Beholder, Eye, Normal

The art of acting is to be other than what you are.

Tags: Acting, Art

Actors have no color. That's the art form.

Tags: Art, Color

Born ham, that's basically me.

Tags: Basically, Born, Ham

I grew up in a time when it would never have occurred to anyone to tell me there was anything I couldn't do.

Tags: Anyone, Tell, Time

I want Carl Sagan to explain the sky to me.

Tags: Explain, Sky

I'm as American as Chevrolet.

Tags: American

For most of the nineteen-seventies, the official route map of the New York City subway system was a beautiful thing.

Tags: Beautiful, City, System

Infrastructure creates the form of a city and enables life to go on in a city, in a certain way.

Tags: City, Creates, Life

Integrity has been enhanced.

Tags: Enhanced, Integrity

It fills one with a sense of architectural possibility.

Tags: Sense

Los Angeles, Houston, Denver, Atlanta: those are all cities that really didn't get big, didn't hit their stride until the 20th century.

Tags: Big, Hit, Until

New York grew up before the automobile. And even though it's full of cars, its shape and form didn't get created around the automobile.

Tags: Cars, Full, Though

The taste of people with large bank accounts tends not to be on the cutting edge.

Tags: Bank, Large, Taste

We identify New York with the great bridges and tunnels and roadways and subway system and so forth.

Tags: Great, System, York

I don't usually go in for reviews of buildings that aren't yet built, since you can tell only so much from drawings and plans, and, besides, has there ever been a building that didn't look great as a model?

Tags: Great, Since, Tell
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