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" My parents were in Vaudeville, in musical. And I would tour with them and had a couple of wonderfully lucky breaks in England. "
" A lot of films seem to go to the lowest common denominator. "
" When you are traveling in vaudeville, you experience so many different kinds of audiences, depending on what time of the week it is, how long the pubs have been open, and things like that. "
" Some people regard discipline as a chore. For me, it is a kind of order that sets me free to fly. "
" Actually, I had a lot of good people with me - my mother's sister did a lot of taking care of me, and I suppose I got more attention than my stepbrothers because at least I got to travel with my parents. "
" I think it's the essence of any film and any stage production - any work where you do work with other people - of course collaboration is hugely important. One does, for awhile, become family. "
" Who could have imagined that life would have taken such marvelous twists and turns or that I would often be so fortunate to be in the right place at the right time? "
" All love shifts and changes. I don't know if you can be wholeheartedly in love all the time. "
" I am told that the first comprehensible word I uttered as a child was 'home.' "
" I'm resilient, and I'm professional. "
" My sense of the family history is somewhat sketchy, because my mother kept a great deal to herself. "
" My mother and stepfather were in Vaudeville. And my stepfather was an alcoholic. It was a lot of roller coaster times. But it's all I knew. I think they did the best they could under the circumstances, with me and all the family. "
" Broadway is a tough, tough arena for singing. "
" You take any job that comes along, and if you're really lucky, the movie takes off. "
" Who would have thought that a story about a professor of phonetics would result in it being probably one of the great shows ever for musical theatre? It's a seemingly odd subject. "
" I love my garden. I love my privacy. I'm very fierce about it. I try not to let too many people into my home. That's my private place. "
" Singing has never been particularly easy for me. "
" I'm not very good with some of the more modern songs that have an awful lot of 'doo wah wahs,' if you know what I mean, because I can't do anything with them. "
" I do not knock 'Poppins' or 'The Sound of Music.' They gave me pleasure, and I know they've given a lot of people enormous pleasure. "
" When one door closes, another window opens. "
" I know I probably have a lot of rage in me that I don't show. But I'm not about to wallow in it or reveal it. "
" Every time I go out to perform, believe me. You never lose that fear of, 'I hope I do it right. I hope I don't fall flat on my face. I hope this will be good for them.' "
" I was a very sad little girl. "
" There is one thing I should say, and it's important: Young Broadway singers and anybody who is an orator of any kind - lawyers who have to speak in court or pastors or anyone who has a lot of stress on their vocal cords: You should do the maintenance. You should do whatever it takes to feel fresh and good. "
" Let me put it this way: I can sing a hell of an 'Old Man River,' way down in the bass. "
" I do wish somewhere there was a film of our stage production of 'My Fair Lady.' "
" All careers go up and down like friendships, like marriages, like anything else, and you can't bat a thousand all the time. "
" I was named after my two grandmothers - Julia Elizabeth. "
" I have always wished I could learn to be a potter. I love collecting ceramics; it would be so fulfilling to create something lovely. "
" I had a teacher who stressed for me the importance of diction in terms of... I want to be very careful about how I say this... in terms of supporting one's voice when one is singing. In other words, if you hold on to your words, your voice will pull through for you when you're singing. So be true to your vowels. "
" There are elements of me in the roles I've played in the past. But people forget that Mary Poppins was just a role, too. "