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" An epic is the canvas Brian DePalma paints on. "
" In my family, education was something you endured. My parents weren't educated past high school, and the only book in our house was a 'Reader's Digest' condensed book. Can you imagine? "
" I started with nothing. Less than nothing. "
" The more I can stay on the creative side, the happier I am. "
" I wouldn't want anyone to think that work is the major thing in my life. "
" If the doors are going to close on me, it's a little late. "
" I hate management. I hate management. I just do. "
" You do sequels because they are tent poles. They open well, and they hold the tent up. But in between, you make a movie you respect. "
" I just love the idea of ordinary people doing extraordinary things, whether it's the success of 'Cool Runnings,' which is the success of four guys from Jamaica who had never seen snow, or whether it's my success, just as a human being. "
" Having money is better than not having it, but I've been poor, and I've survived. "
" I'm not Mary Poppins, but I think I functioned with integrity. "
" Dishonesty, lack of integrity catches up with you. "
" You have to persevere, you have to just not give up, and you have to know what you want. You have to be able to see your dream. "
" I felt more comfortable in TV than in the film world where the players were more erudite and intellectual. "
" It's about passion, and if somebody is passionate about a development deal, they're going to get it made. "
" The men I worked for didn't look at me as having any gender at all. They regarded me more as a workhorse. "
" I think women's relationships with other women are very complicated and depend on their relationships with their mothers. Mine was fraught with problems. So I didn't necessarily trust women for a long time. "
" It's unfathomable how you live without your mother. "
" I react to stress badly. I handle it better these days. But I'm a very straightforward person. "
" If you can market smut and toilet paper, you can market movies. "
" I'm tired of being the bad guy all the time, saying 'no' to people I like. "
" The first war movie I ever saw was 'Platoon,' and I was eight months pregnant. So my husband, producer Charles Roven, wasn't sure I'd make it. "
" Don't believe everything you read in the trades. "
" In some ways I was curt because there's an unbelievable amount to accomplish in a day. "
" I had an obsession with underarm shields - pointy ones, round ones, full ones, half ones. "
" I felt that if I shared the lessons that I learned - both the good ones and the bad ones - that I might make the climb a little less painful for other women. "
" I'd like my epitaph to read 'Given the amount of time she had, she did the best job she could.' Also that I'm a nice person... and a good mother. "
" I would walk into my office, and I would close the door, and I would say, 'I won't cry, I won't cry, I won't cry'... At least, I wasn't going to let them see me cry. "
" I've gone far in the movie business, but no matter how far I go, every time I pick up the phone to call Tom Hanks or Robin Williams, I wonder if they'll call me back. And you know what? Sometimes they do, and sometimes they don't. "
" I was so busy climbing up this ladder, staying above the water. If there was only room for one woman in a room, I wanted to be her. I'm not proud of it. I certainly don't feel that way now. It was an absolute evolution for me. "
" There's no training for the business, no credentials necessary to enter... It's all about entrepreneurs, innate street intelligence, and instincts. It's a business which encourages people with dreams. That's the essence of Hollywood. "