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A number of young men about town used to make bets with each other about how much I ate at a sitting.
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A weekly TV show requires a full day before the cameras, with many rehearsals.
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A woman who is interested in work outside her home would be a better companion for her husband than one who is continually bored and complaining.
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American men, who are working at home and doing an essential job, are the fathers of the sons for whom I'm working today.
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An entertainer should in his public performance keep himself out of any controversy, political or otherwise.
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As soon as I began to earn what might be called fairly large sums, I bought a car and began to explore the country around New York.
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Because of my guest appearances on Ed Sullivan, Tennessee Ernie, and Perry Como shows, I was not free to take up anything new in the way of a career of job.
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Because of my voice, speaking words which had been carefully chosen, women had used money they had set aside for other purposes to buy war bonds.
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Before we tape the Kate Smith Show, I often stand off at one side and recite the words of a new song to myself.
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By the time the United States entered the war, a number of factors, including God Bless America, had combined to define my role for the listening public.
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During my second year on radio, CBS moved me from the seven o'clock time which had been so lucky for me. The public was fascinated by a new sound: Bing Crosby was on his way.
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During the presidential primaries of 1940, I received a request from the Democratic National Committee to sing God Bless America before the speeches.
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Every small town has its dramatic group, its barber-shop quartet, every home has music in one form or another.
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Every song contains a human message.
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Every song has one major attraction in its makeup, and that's what I work at first.
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I am continually embarrassed by people who point me out as an example of what can be done without training.
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I am exceedingly lucky that my voice, along with perfect pitch and perfect rhythm, was given me at birth.
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I am harder on myself than anyone else could be.
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I breathe, focus my tones and resonate them without knowing why.
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I could not separate myself off stage from myself on stage, as so many actors can.
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I could see myself in a white nurse's uniform, working unnoticed for many years and at last dying, unknown, unmarried and unsung.
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I did get called Songbird of the South, and it took some years to live it down. Greenville, Virginia, is where I was born.
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I felt completely inadequate to help mothers whose sons had been killed, so I always advised them to seek help from God.
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I have always examined closely the motives of any group for which I am asked to raise money.
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I have been extremely lucky with reviewers and critics throughout my career.
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I have never known stage-fright at any time.
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I have personally believed in every product I have ever advertised.
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I haven't much of a head for languages.
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I hope I will always be not asking what the future holds, but being thankful for the present.
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I just can't read music.
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I know I'm fat and I know my hair is straight, but I can sing.
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I learn my songs by ear.
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I measure my interpretation of a song continually against my ideal of what the song should be.
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I must keep my promise to Our Lady since she had been so very good to me.
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I must work hard to make my singing above reproach; there must be no faults which hard work would take care of.
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I never ate anything before a show, but would cook up something in my apartment afterward.
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I performed at a few Saturday amateur nights and won gold pieces, and I finally gave up nursing.
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I shall always respect the composer. If I embellish, it is his idea I am embellishing.
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I sometimes get that wonderful sympathy between me and the audience, telling me I've reached their hearts. And when I do, the thrill is mine.
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I tried to act as a friend to the millions of women who worried as I did about the progress of the war.
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I vowed that whenever my family needed me, I would give up everything to go to them, no matter what. The show must go on was meaningless to me.
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I was always daydreaming about singing in big productions on Broadway.
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I was beginning to acquire that affection for New York which has since made me never want to live anywhere else.
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I was putting up a resistance against forces that were trying to push me into the oblivion of nursing school.
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I went beyond my actual need for food, since I would eat during rehearsals just because food was around.
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I wondered whether, had I been young in the '60s instead of the '30s, would my life have been different?
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I've heard some cynics say that radio reached its height during and because of the war. I will never be convinced.
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Ice cream was my undoing, and six chocolate milk shakes in a row were nothing to me at one time.
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If rock-and-roll is well done, there's nothing so terribly wrong with that kind of music. But the lyrics are another story.
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If women do take up new interests after 40, their marriages will also benefit from a return to conditions like those when both partners were young.
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In 29 years, I had recorded over 2,200 songs. I was amazed.
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In nearly all ballads, the words set the mood and meaning, while the music intensifies or enhances them.
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Intelligent analysis of the composer's intention and strict adherence to it automatically ensures sincerity.
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It became obvious in 1957 that I was endangering my health by carrying so much weight.
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It is important that the audience should understand every syllable of every word, for only then can they grasp the meaning of the song.
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It's hardly surprising that I was no lightweight.
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It's up to the audience. It always has been.
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Many people submit to excessive appetites without realizing that they do not need to eat so much food.
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Middle-aged women have greater stability, they are more loyal, and their capacity for steady work is greater than that of younger women.
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Most of the people who act and sing do so for their own pleasure and that of their friends and family.
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My first approach to a song is to listen to it as a complete unit of verses and music.
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My parents didn't want me to go on the stage.
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My singing is part of me, like my stoutness, or my light hair, or my poor eyesight.
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No member of the family had ever become a professional performer. They warned me of its immorality. They told me my weight would be a handicap to my career.
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No one in the company of Honeymoon Lane had asked me to join the group for dinner and I hadn't been able to face eating alone.
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Once you lose your taste for sweet things, they seem cloying and unpleasant, and there's no difficulty in doing without them.
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Public and employer opinion often defeat society's best interests with a prejudice against middle-aged women.
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Since I have been singing for so many years, I don't always need to approach a song quite so laboriously and meticulously.
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Since the beginning of the war we had closed our house at Lake Placid and no longer got out of the city for the summer. Because gas was rationed, I had given up my car.
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Television does not need a war to prove its worth.
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That handshake was the only contract Ted and I ever made. We signed no papers, saw no lawyers.
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The army quite naturally had abundant supplies of everything; the soldiers thought they would show their gratitude by helping me out with the food.
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The main part of my act is songs, and I just finish up with the Charleston.
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The relationship between Ted Collins and myself has never been the ordinary one between manager and singer.
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The sound of my own voice no longer startles me.
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There's no second chance on stage, and I was trained to make the most of my first chance.
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This nation loves singing and loves acting.
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What young girl of 18 can look forward to herself at 40 and plan accordingly?
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When I'm singing a song of cheerfulness and hope, I remember the good times I've had and I sing with all the sense of joy I had then.
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When people stop me on the street or in a store to tell me they like my program, I feel this is the greatest compliment of all.
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When we go back on stage, an audience is there, giving the atmosphere of excitement that will galvanize our performance.
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Women should and do dress to please men, but they should dress in the same manner even if men don't happen to be around.
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Women who have higher degrees than the normal four-year college education could be extremely valuable to society during the shortage of college teachers.
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You've got to be tough to take it.
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