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After being in the business for such a long time, I've done everything but rodeo and porno.
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And I hate autobiographies, I don't know why.
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And of course Mae West when I was very, very young, I thought she was the end.
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At least I'm not playing other people for a change. It's a very odd place to be... I feel I'm an actress who sings a bit.
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But at least I'm not playing other people for a change.
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But I did like the fact that we did a lot of good in presenting problems that had not been tackled before on television.
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But I've been doing it most of my adult life, and I like the idea of a one woman show, because it's something I can do when I want to, and not to it when I don't want to do it.
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But of course, it's very nice to have women realize that women our age can be attractive and well groomed and wear fabulous clothes and earrings, and have a sex life.
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But that's one of the nice things about doing a stage show, if something doesn't work out, you have the luxury of working on it over time.
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Down in Florida it was an older audience, and it was interesting to see how they responded to things compared to other audiences, it's been very interesting.
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Every time you perform you learn a little bit more.
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Except for one thing, I no longer do benefits for research, I do benefits to make sure the people who are infected are taken care of are treated, and fed and housed, and their lives made a little easier.
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Except I really wanted to be a small little blonde musical type in the movies. I wanted to be a starlet.
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For us it was really the same, because we did the show in front of a live audience, it was like being on stage.
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I actually talk a lot about how TV has changed.
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I can't imagine working without and audience.
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I can't imagine working without and audience. And we had a great cast in both shows. And the great writers, directors-I was extremely lucky.
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I can't say it's autobiographical, but I do tell a number of anecdotes that I think are amusing.
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I did a thing on Malcolm in the Middle which I loved.
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I don't think there was ever an embarrassment, there was such love going back and forth between the audience and us, that nothing was embarrassing.
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I feel I'm an actress who sings a bit.
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I guess having two kids who are bright and articulate and have great humor and are decent.
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I guess just, I don't know, I didn't know I was that vibrant, I just love being alive, and I love people, and I find something wonderful everyday.
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I have decided that I don't want to do any more episodic television.
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I have two enormous Dobermans, they couldn't possibly fly with me.
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I really cut my teeth on off-off-off Broadway shows.
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I suddenly realized that comedy, for me, was just being honest, and playing it for real. I've seen so many wonderful actors who turn into creatures from another planet when they're told they are supposed to be playing comedy.
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I think I always sang, I always used to listen to old Bessie Smith records, and Kate Smith. And Billie Holiday. Before television when there was radio.
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I thought nobody would come just to see me sing. I knew it would have to be an evening of comedy, also.
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I watch a lot of news shows and I love Nick at Night, and the Comedy Channel.
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I... was not too happy to suddenly take on this public role thrust upon me. They just assumed I was the Joan of Arc of the women's movement. And I wasn't at all. It put a lot of unnecessary pressure on me.
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I'd never even been to Wrigley Field. I never even enjoyed baseball that much, but I loved being there, the crowd was lovely, and they all sang with me!
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I'm having so much damned fun. Especially once I heard the audience response.
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I'm here now in Chicago doing my own show, and I think Golden Girls is shown three hours a day here, and everybody loves it.
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I'm not playing a role. I'm being myself, whatever the hell that is.
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I'm using things that happened to me. Recollections of situations and friends.
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I've been blessed with both shows, with that and with Maude, working with terrific writers and directors.
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I've lost quite a bit of weight since I did Maude, but I don't see myself looking better, I think I look older. Because I am!
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If you would have told me ten years ago I'd be doing this and being received like I am now, I'd say you're crazy.
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In a theater you have that many more seats, so that many more people, and they are feeding you, telling you how far you can go or what you can do.
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In the show I actually talk a lot about how TV has changed.
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It's a very difficult thing to master. I don't think that many people have the light touch that comedy commands.
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It's a very small operation, there are five of us traveling, and I like working with different audiences, seeing how different it is from one night to the next.
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It's difficult, since Rue lives in New York now, and Estelle is not well at all. It's very sad. Of course, while you're working, you're like family. You swear you'll never lose each other, and then of course you do.
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It's so rewarding when you hear the audience respond.
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Keep fighting for animals by making compassionate, cruelty-free choices every day and encouraging those around you to do the same.
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Later, of course, people felt we were doing so much to further the cause of mature women.
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Life is filled with a lot of stuff, you know. There is never a dull moment.
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Lucy was lovely.
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Making lasting gifts for animals in our estate plans is perhaps the single most important thing we can do to ensure animals have the strongest possible voice for their protection.
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My opening night at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis... has a thrust stage. I thought I was walking into the wings, and I walked right into the pit.
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No fruit. No veggie.
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No, no. I was never that involved in anything political actually.
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PETA has a proven track record of success. Each victory PETA wins for the animals is a stepping stone upon which we build a more compassionate world for all beings - and we will never give up our fight until all animals are treated with respect and kindness.
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So what does it all mean? You become a popular TV personality. Fifteen million viewers weekly. Top ratings.
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Some people say I'm only happy when I'm working, or not working, I'm happy whether I'm working or not, my animals, my kids, anything.
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That's another reason that I don't want to do any more series. It really took up more time than I should have allotted to it.
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The only one I wanted to do that I didn't was Gypsy, but by the time they got around to asking me, everybody in the world had played it, so I thought now is not the time.
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There are moments, I'll be home cooking or something, and it comes to me all at once, and I can't believe it.
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There was so much more we wanted to cover on the show, but since I couldn't get the network censors to budge, I decided to leave the show.
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There were subjects we tackled that had never been even discussed, like I had an abortion. Nobody ever talked about that.
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They just assumed I was the Joan of Arc of the women's movement.
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Unfortunately opening night in Minneapolis I fell of the stage.
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When something is written for the stage, I think it's wrong to try to make it bigger. Very few things out there make that jump easily.
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When you are working with someone it's like family, you are together every day.
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You know, I spend most of my life turning things down. There's a lot of crap out there.
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You see I feel we did the best work we could possibly do, I don't think the writing could be any better, so why go back to it?
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