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Born: 1925-12-08
Profession: Entertainer
Nation: American
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I bought a house in the Hollywood Hills and brought my grandmother from Harlem to live in it with me.

Tags: Hills, Hollywood, House

I didn't hate being 60 as much as I had 50.

Tags: Hate

I don't have many easy songs.

Tags: Easy, Songs

I go to temple a lot less than I would like because when I do, people still look at me as if they think it's a publicity stunt.

Tags: Less, Publicity, Stunt

I had traveled 10 states and played over 50 cities by the time I was 4.

Tags: Cities, Played, Time

I hadn't been in Vegas 20 minutes when I got word that the bookmakers were offering three to one that Frank wouldn't show for my wedding.

Tags: Show, Wedding, Word

I was so opposed to the war in Vietnam that I initially refused President Nixon's urgings for me to go there.

Tags: President, Vietnam, War

Marilyn and I were rumored to be an item. We were friends. Nothing more. Marilyn was one of the sweetest creatures that ever lived.

Tags: Friends, Lived, Sweetest

May was young and beautiful, we were legally married, but she was caught in the prison of my skin.

Tags: Beautiful, May, Young

My home has always been show business.

Tags: Business, Home, Show

Real success is not on the stage, but off the stage as a human being, and how you get along with your fellow man.

Tags: Human, Real, Success

Ten million dollars after I'd become a star I was deeply in debt.

Tags: After, Become, Debt

The civil rights movement wasn't easy for anybody.

Tags: Anybody, Easy, Rights

The manic pursuit of success cost me everything I could love: my wife, my three children, some friends I would have liked to grow old with.

Tags: Love, Success, Wife

The one thing you don't want is that stale sound when you've done a line so much you can't find a fresh approach to it. Drop it.

Tags: Done, Line, Sound

There are certain romances that belong in certain cities, in a certain atmosphere, in a certain time.

Tags: Belong, Romantic, Time

There are lines that I know are going to get a belly laugh, but after a few shows I get sick of hearing myself say them so I drop them.

Tags: After, Laugh, Sick

There's nothing that can match Broadway for stature and dignity.

Tags: Broadway, Dignity, Match

Though I love the luxury of the Waldorf Towers, room service there doesn't do soul food.

Tags: Food, Love, Soul

To appear on the stage drunk, to have them leave there and remember me making drunken mistakes, that was death.

Tags: Death, Drunk, Mistakes

We can't answer King's assassination with violence. That would be the worst tribute we could pay him.

Tags: Him, Violence, Worst

When Liza Minelli was a child, she used to sit on my lap and call me Uncle Sammy.

Tags: Child, She, Used

Would it be better if I'd married a Negro woman? Would they treat my child any better? Erect fewer barriers?

Tags: Child, Treat, Woman

You can be in this business 50 years and still not know anything about it.

Tags: Business

You don't swing where you sleep.

Tags: Sleep, Swing

Alcohol gives you infinite patience for stupidity.

Tags: Alcohol, Patience, Stupidity

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What have I got? No looks, no money, no education. Just talent.

Tags: Education, Money, Talent

A man is not complete until he has seen the baby he has made.

Tags: Baby, Seen, Until

I wasn't anything special as a father. But I loved them and they knew it.

Tags: Father, Special

Sober up, and you see and hear everything you'd been able to avoid hearing before.

Tags: Able, Hear, Sober

You always have two choices: your commitment versus your fear.

Tags: Choices, Commitment, Fear

I had more clothes than I had closets, more cars than garage space, but no money.

Tags: Car, Money, Space

Reality is never as bad as a nightmare, as the mental tortures we inflict on ourselves.

Tags: Bad, Ourselves, Reality

If you want to get known as a singer you hire five sexy chicks and let them fight over you onstage and for the cameras. That's publicity, man.

Tags: Fight, Known, Sexy

Bogart could have been color blind. He got to know a man before he decided if he liked him or not.

Tags: Blind, Color, Him

The ultimate mystery is one's own self.

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When you lose a lover it's like getting a bad haircut. It grows back in time.

Tags: Bad, Lose, Time

I have to be a star like another man has to breathe.

Tags: Another, Breathe, Star

Part of show business is magic. You don't know how it happens.

Tags: Business, Happens, Show

I'd learned a lot in the Army. I knew that above all things in the world I had to become so big, so strong that people and their hatred could never touch me.

Tags: Become, Learned, Strong

Everything Michael Jackson does on stage is exactly right.

Tags: Exactly, Jackson, Stage

All I really had was my talent. Without that I wouldn't be welcome at the White House.

Tags: House, Talent, Welcome

Being a star has made it possible for me to get insulted in places where the average Negro could never hope to go and get insulted.

Tags: Hope, Possible, Star

I saw that my image was changing or fading. One of the reasons for taking a break from clubs was to be missed-not forgotten.

Tags: Break, Forgotten, Taking

The success of the Rat Pack or the Clan was due to the camaraderie, the three guys who work together and kid each other and love each other.

Tags: Love, Success, Work

With an ocean between you and your European friends, you have to keep them in your heart.

Tags: Friends, Heart, Keep

Being in public with May and the children was too heavy. I was irreversibly tuned in to everyone around us.

Tags: Children, Everyone, May

During three decades, along all the highways of my youth, Frank had always been there for me.

Tags: Along, Three, Youth

Fame comes with its own standard. A guy who twitches his lips is just another guy with a lip twitch - unless he's Humphrey Bogart.

Tags: Another, Fame, Guy

I believed in Bobby Kennedy. Campaigning for him was an attempt to give back something to this country that has given me so much.

Tags: Country, Give, Him