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I was the kind nobody thought could make it. I had a funny Boston accent. I couldn't pronounce my R's. I wasn't a beauty.
At a certain point I had to work. I had to support my whole family. My father was, I guess, what we would call an impresario. He produced great, glorious shows, kind of like Las Vegas shows, in at the time the most famous nightclub in America, called the Latin Quarter. Many comedians still know me as Lou A's daughter. But like many great impresarios, my father died broke, and I supported the family from the time I was about 22 or 23. I had to work. And I had a sister who was older than I, who was borderline retarded.
The most dominant person in my life was Jackie. I was embarrassed by her, and at the same time I loved her very much. I always knew I had to take care of Jackie...financially support her, but more than that. The sadness of her life gave me an understanding, and a compassion, and a pain in my heart.
To feel valued, to know, even if only once in a while, that you can do a job well is an absolutely marvelous feeling
A great many people think that polysyllables are a sign of intelligence.
Wait for those unguarded moments. Relax the mood and, like the child dropping off to sleep, the subject often reveals his truest self.
To not sing with an orchestra, to not be able to communicate through my voice, which I've done all my life, and not to be able to phrase lyrics and give people that kind of joy, I think I would be totally devastated.
To feel valued, to know, even if only once in a while, that you can do a job well is an absolutely marvelous feeling.
The world may be full of fourth-rate writers but it's also full of fourth-rate readers.
The sports page records people's accomplishments, the front page usually records nothing, but man's failures.
Show me someone who never gossips, and I will show you someone who is not interested in people.
One may walk over the highest mountain one step at a time.
No one could ad lib like Peter. You would think that it was all scripted, he was so poetic, but it wasn't.
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