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" A chiropractor wishes he were a doctor, just like those people outside Spago wish they were actors. "
" You can be diagnosed and treated early. And there is hope for the future. "
" My mother was a real tough cookie. She raised the three of us, and she worked at the same time. "
" I was in an acting class taught by Eric Morris, and Jack Nicholson was in the class. He wrote the script for 'Head', so all of us in the class got little tiny parts in the movie. "
" I have heard all kinds of stories about telling employers about MS and I really don't know what the answer is. I am a private person, but I have found support by talking to fellow MSrs in the community. "
" Being sensitive to the problem of women is just another symptom of the quality of movies: I don't think you can do anything that's very sensitive. Everything's sort of broad strokes and big gestures - adventure things that boys, guys want to see. "
" I don't want to sound hoity-toity, but people told me I should watch 'Cheers' because it's very funny. So I watched it, and I just went, 'This is the great show of the universe?' To me, acting is making characters believable, not just doing jokes. "
" Directors would tell me, 'We want you to play a character a little less complex than you are.' Yeah, sure. What they mean is, 'You're playing a dummy.' "
" Being a successful Hollywood actress may be challenging, but little did I know that the very body that had always been my calling card would betray me. "
" '30 Rock' is one of the best things on TV, I think. "
" My agents have me in the Actors' Protection Program. It seems to be working very well. Nobody can find me. "
" They drilled a hole in my head and wrapped a coil around my brain so it wouldn't bleed anymore. "
" Speed bumps, I was thinking, you know, you're driving along, everything's OK, and then there's a speed bump to go, 'Slow down.' Go over it real slowly, and you hit the pedal, and you keep going, and I just thought it was kind of a nice metaphor for life. "
" I went to physical therapy, occupational therapy, voice, every kind of therapy except mental therapy - obviously! "
" I was in love with Michael Keaton. He was very funny. "
" The Academy not only knew I existed, they thought I was good! "
" I get this thing every once in a while that I call 'ESS:' emergency sleep situation. I'll get like lead, really fatigued, and I can't move. "
" If you get your foot in the door doing one kind of part, that's the kind of role they call you for. I can't say I resent it - then I would resent my whole career. "
" I went to North Hollywood High. I'm the original Val girl. "
" When one woman found out I had multiple sclerosis, she said to me, 'My heart bleeds for you.' I said to her, 'Well, my heart bleeds for you, because you're an idiot.' "
" People aren't so interested in seeing movies about women's problems. "
" Going to dancing school, or being in a play, is a very familial feeling. You're around friends. "
" Everyone I tell that I had an aneurysm always says, 'Oh, my cousin died from that.' Well, I didn't, so I'm amazed. I was in a wheelchair, and I had to go to rehab. And now I'm walking! "
" My next book's title is going to be, 'I Have One Foot in the Grave and Another on a Banana Peel.' "
" Speaking out about multiple sclerosis to others who may be dealing with this disease is actually helpful to me as well as, I hope, to others. It builds community, helps bring awareness to MS, and strengthens the MS movement that will ultimately lead to the end of this disease. "
" Usually, the extras have a different mentality. I had the mentality of an artist, because I was a 'ballet-rina.' But most extras are out to make a fast buck for nothing. They're 'atmosphere.' "
" MS doesn't define who I am. "
" I try to laugh as much as possible and enjoy the company of people who can make me laugh. "
" You have to find out what's right for you, so it's trial and error. You are going to be all right if you accept realistic goals for yourself. "
" I want to write about my experiences since 'Speedbumps.' "
" It doesn't help to contemplate how sad your life is. You have to move on. "