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" 1977 is the year I made my first movie. Shortly after, I was offered quite nice roles in television. The general consensus among everyone was that I'd be out of my mind to do that. "
" I panic at parties. I don't like talking absolutely nothing and pretending, so I'm quite odd socially. "
" My agents and managers deserve a special Emmy award for scheduling. "
" When you read books, you kind of create that whole world in your mind, and you go on a journey with the author of that book. I think that's really a good thing. "
" I started in improv and went into different kinds of things. "
" I love dark chocolate, 70 percent and up. "
" My heritage, many generations back, is Dutch and it was fun to go where nobody asked me how to pronounce my name. "
" I think, as an actor, you're constantly confronted with your fear of sticking your neck out. "
" It's very easy to approach a character like that - a so-called strong woman who overcomes the odds - and give a one-note performance, playing that strength alone. Strength is only one thing a person has. "
" I want women, especially young women, to create a world where your success is not based on being young. "
" I'm a late bloomer. "
" I'm a very musical person. "
" Christopher Lloyd was actually the first person - or certainly one of the first few - who ever spoke to me on film. "
" I have never had any success in planning my life, really. "
" There's a grace about the South and a toughness about it, too. "
" My son, he has a film group, a bunch of film nerds that sit around and screen movies, and when they had Mary Steenburgen Night, the two movies they screened were 'Melvin And Howard' and 'Clifford.' "
" I know this is kind of corny, but we thought about renewing our vows again because I think my mom would really love it if we did that in Arkansas, where I came from. "
" I love writing music. "
" Essential oils are extremely important to me. "
" I had a sense of mortality since I was a little girl, which has to do with my father, who nearly died eight times in my childhood. He had eight heart attacks. "
" I feel like I'm attracted to characters who have one foot firmly planted on the ground. And their heads up in the clouds somewhere. Practical dreamers. They try to impress you that they've got this whole thing figured out, but there's more going on inside their heads than you might imagine. "
" Anything to do with the South resonates with me, because I'm Southern. "
" I think the secret to what Jim Henson did, ultimately, is that he understood how to cut through to the... I know this sounds corny... but the child inside of you. "
" Reading is how I became an actor because I didn't grow up in a house where there was an awareness of film or theater. I also grew up in a house full of teachers, so reading was big in our world. "
" I couldn't imagine trying anything else besides acting. But I didn't know that to make it meant I'd be on a movie screen. "
" I did sing in a choir for a while, but if anybody was sick, I always whispered my songs to make sure nobody could pick out my voice. "
" I love to paint. And I have another profession - an interior design business. "
" New York had this wild beat that anybody could dance to. It was very nurturing to young people. "
" The part in 'Philadelphia' where I represent the law firm that's firing Tom Hanks, that was a hard part for me because I lost one of my best friends to AIDS, and it was hard for me to play a part that wasn't sympathetic to someone with AIDS. "
" When you spend three months of your life doing a movie, it's important to enjoy yourself. "
" I wrote my first song when I was 54 years old. "