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Born: 1945-06-25
Profession: Musician
Nation: American
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The models for me were more the folk-rock singers of the '60s and '70s.

Tags: Models, Singers

Then I went through a big Peggy Lee stage, then I became Annie Ross, then Judy Collins.

Tags: Big, Collins, Stage

We are in this period now where we all are trying to be in shape physically and deny ourselves any pleasure.

Tags: Ourselves, Pleasure, Trying

We went to see all the shows. American musical theater and jazz were very big.

Tags: American, Big, Jazz

Well, I make every song I sing personal. I've never chosen a song that wasn't.

Tags: Personal, Sing, Song

Well, I tried to get a record deal in 1966 or '67, and everyone thought I was too eclectic.

Tags: Deal, Everyone, Thought

You usually can't tell what's inspiring until you look back on it.

Tags: Inspiring, Tell, Until

You're lucky you had that when you were 20. I sure didn't. I was overweight, and I had acne.

Tags: Lucky, Overweight, Sure

Being in this business for as long as I've been in it, it's sort of like living in a town or a city before the war and then after the war and then during the reconstruction and then during the time that it sprawls out to the malls.

Tags: Business, Time, War

I've gone through the village of my songwriting and my artistry, and I've gone through lots of different phases, including one where it has been very quiet and abandoned me for a few years.

Tags: Few, Gone, Quiet

It didn't matter as much because I'm a singer, not an actress, but my face is more acceptable in a way now than when I first came on the scene, because I'm part black.

Tags: Black, Face, Matter

One of the things that has always motivated me to write is the desire to get it out and look at it in an objective way, so that it doesn't cause me any serious pain by staying inside.

Tags: Pain, Serious, Write

Sometimes my boyfriend would write the lyrics and I would write the melody, and other times I would start from scratch. Or sometimes I would take a local poem and put that to music.

Tags: Music, Put, Sometimes

You know when you take the paint off an old canvas and you discover that something's been painted underneath it? That's what I feel like - that part of the old is coming through the new.

Tags: Coming, Off, Old

A really strong woman accepts the war she went through and is ennobled by her scars.

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I took it to heart that in order to be a good person, you never said anything mean about anybody.

Tags: Good, Heart, Mean

We need role models who are going to break the mold.

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My scar is beautiful. It looks like an arrow.

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There was a French singer, Francoise Hardy - I used to look at her pictures and try to dress like her.

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I always think it's interesting to dig a little bit deeper every time you go to someplace that seems like a revelation or a strong connection to an emotional truth.

Tags: Strong, Time, Truth

You know, people want to honor me, and on the one hand I just don't want to be a poster child; but on the other, I want to do something classy and great - something where the residuals will go to the cause.

Tags: Child, Great, Honor

As a singer I tried on all these hats, these voices, these clothes, and eventually out came me.

Tags: Clothes, Singer, Tried

But when we listened to the radio, it was Bill Haley and the Comets or the Everly Brothers.

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Do you know how many concerts I've done in my whole life, in more than 35 years of performing? Sixty-four.

Tags: Done, Life, Whole

I always sang standards because the songs I wrote for myself weren't as easy to sing.

Tags: Easy, Sing, Songs

I had a mastectomy in 1998, and then chemo.

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I had this terrible stammer, so I couldn't really speak properly until I was 16 or 17.

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I just want to show off my scar proudly and not be afraid of it.

Tags: Afraid, Off, Show

I remember being onstage once when I didn't have fear: I got so scared I didn't have fear that it brought on an anxiety attack.

Tags: Fear, Once, Remember

I think that I've got some pretty bad reviews on albums or songs that later proved themselves.

Tags: Bad, Pretty, Themselves

I think that most people really know if it's a really great album.

Tags: Album, Great

I try to get to those peculiar and particular things that you never think of to say.

Tags: Particular, Peculiar, Try

I'm still more comfortable with standards than with my own songs.

Tags: Songs, Standards

My father was a classical pianist, and my mother was a singer of just about everything.

Tags: Father, Mother, Singer

My look was even more solidified when I started singing in Greenwich Village with my sister Lucy. We wore matching dresses as the Simon Sisters.

Tags: Singing, Sister, Started

No, because I was always nervous about being onstage.

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No, because I've never really changed my style that much.

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So I suppose this slightly mature fashion sense happened because of what I had.

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Sometimes, but the year I lived in France I started to write songs.

Tags: Sometimes, Write, Year

For me, the big chore is always the same: how to begin a sentence, how to continue it, how to complete it.

Tags: Begin, Big, Continue

There are two Americas - separate, unequal, and no longer even acknowledging each other except on the barest cultural terms. In the one nation, new millionaires are minted every day. In the other, human beings no longer necessary to our economy, to our society, are being devalued and destroyed.

Tags: Human, Nation, Society

Albert Camus, a great humanist and existentialist voice, pointed out that to commit to a just cause with no hope of success is absurd. But then, he also noted that not committing to a just cause is equally absurd. But only one choice offers the possibility for dignity. And dignity matters. Dignity matters.

Tags: Great, Hope, Success

A little anger is a good thing if it isn't on your own behalf, if it's for others deserving of your anger, your empathy.

Tags: Anger, Good, Others

It's been said that no man is a hero to a newspaperman, and I spent too many years as an ink-stained wretch.

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On a practical level I'm a TV producer and storyteller who's gone about as long as you can go without achieving a mass audience.

Tags: Audience, Gone, Level

There are a couple of ideas for features that I would love to do. They happen to be comedies.

Tags: Happen, Ideas, Love

To be told you've won a MacArthur fellowship is very flattering and gratifying personally.

Tags: Fellowship, Flattering, Won

What writer wants to make compromises with story? Story is the only reason you're in it.

Tags: Reason, Story, Writer

While I think storytelling is a meaningful way to spend your life... it does feel a little bit secondary or off-point.

Tags: Bit, Life, While

I had a great editor, Rebecca Corbett, from the time I was a city reporter right through to the years I worked on the 'Sun's' enterprise reporting team.

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I would be lying if I said the journalism doesn't reflect my own choices as a reporter and a writer: what to say, what to emphasize, how to say it, what is true or untrue.

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It seems that in Baltimore, one of the most violent cities in America, jurors are far more reluctant to convict criminal defendants than in the suburban enclaves that ring the city.

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One of the sad things about contemporary journalism is that it actually matters very little. The world now is almost inured to the power of journalism. The best journalism would manage to outrage people. And people are less and less inclined to outrage.

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The trick to making a story matter is that every now and then, somebody you care about has to go. If it's somebody that you don't care about, then it doesn't really have - the stakes aren't there. But if you do that every now and then, then the story matters to people. And there are actual stakes involved, emotional stakes.

Tags: Care, Emotional, Matter

The why is what makes journalism an adult game. The why is what makes policy coherent and useful. The why is what transforms bureaucrats and foot soldiers and political leaders into viable instruments of rational and affirmative change. The why is everything and without it, the very suggestion of human progress becomes a cosmic joke.

Tags: Change, Game, Political

There came this point where I sat down with all my notebooks and I had to start to write, when I thought: this whole notion of writing for the person who understands nothing, the average reader... He has to die! I can't have him in my head. And so the person I started writing for was the homicide detective.

Tags: Him, Thought, Writing