First, I’m trying to prove to myself that I’m a person. Then maybe I’ll convince myself that I’m an actress.

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Unfortunately, I am involved in a freedom ride protesting the loss of the minority rights belonging to the few remaining earthbound stars. All we demanded was our right to twinkle.

Telegram, June 13, 1962, to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kennedy, turning down a party invitation.

I don’t want to make money, I just want to be wonderful.

I restore myself when I’m alone. A career is born in public-talent in privacy.

Please don’t make me a joke.

Hollywood’s a place where they’ll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss, and fifty cents for your soul. I know, because I turned down the first offer often enough and held out for the fifty cents.