Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Liza Minnelli Quotes

1. The director, of course, was Bob Fosse. But again, I worked with my father to prepare for the role.

2. I had a one day slip, Matt. So what do you do? You get up and you go on, and you try not to do it again.

3. To the general public, show business may just mean the artistic part, but the dollar and cents element is the reality every performer has to face.

4. The thing is, is to raise your hand. It's not to hide, and it's not to try and pretend or do anything like that. You raise your hand, that's the best thing about it.

5. Now, having had this experience, I can't say really what they were looking for. I don't know their minds. But every time I see a reality show, it seems that the most entertaining parts on other reality shows are when they make their guests look foolish.

6. I had the drink after I fell out of bed. It hurt.

7. I know that. I'm having a ball. I'm not slap happy. I'm just filled up with joy and with peace and with all kinds of things that have eluded me for quite a few years. And they're back and they're thriving.

8. Well, I'll tell you something, this wedding is something that I will always, always cherish. It was a show of love and support and kindness like I'd never seen from the people, and that's who I entertain. I entertain the people.

9. So I would dance and she would sing, and it was kind of a family thing. Performing was part of our world.

10. I thought maybe, just by never preaching, never doing any of that stuff because it doesn't work. By just maybe the power of example and some laughs, maybe somebody might go take a walk.

11. I mean, I inherited the disease of alcoholism, and I learned early to get help when I needed it. I always went to people who knew more than I did.

12. I'm fine, and my hips are fine. My false knee is fine. My false hips are fine. Everything's cooking.

13. (on working with Robert De Niro in "New York, New York") Sure, a class-A bastard. After the sneak preview in San Francisco, Bobby said to me in the car: "I don't mind being a bastard, as long as I'm an interesting bastard."

14. (on Marilyn Monroe) I was walking down Broadway with her and nobody was stopping us. She was going to (Stella Adler's) actors' studio, and she was taking me to show me what it was all about. And I said to her: "How come nobody is taking your picture?" She said: "Well, watch." She took her scarf off, straightened her shoulders, and draped something another way, and we were surrounded. It must have been 400 people. And I said: "Now I know why!"

15. I'm not a very good singer. I just know how to present a song, and honey, I think I've been through enough to do it right.

16. I've said it before, but it's absolutely true: My mother gave me my drive, but my father gave me my dreams. Thanks to him, I could see a future.

17. We had no idea that other people would think we were special, because there was no other lifestyle to compare it to.

18. (in the film "That's Entertainment!" - 1974) Thank God for film, it can capture a moment and hold it there forever. If anyone ever asks you: "Who were they?" or "What made them so good?" I think a reel of film answers that question.

19. Well, we have theatrical parties. It's not me singing. People like to get up and jam on the piano.

20. He's a good tough producer, yes. But I don't think that he's unreasonable unless he feels threatened. And when somebody's in your home, I think everybody in the home gets threatened.

21. I've got a good life, and I don't think anything can rock that anymore.

22. My family's been in show business since the 1700s. I traced them. I'm bred to this. Like a racehorse. A thoroughbred. Look at my parents, my God. But it was my curiosity that made me do this. Because you could also say: "Look at Frank Sinatra Jr." It's not like a natural thing that happens. You gotta work.

23. I feel like I haven't done my best work yet. 

24. I am deeply saddened by the death of my dear friend, Dudley Moore.

25. Well, when I was growing up it was Ozzie and Harriet on TV - nobody's parents were like that.

26. I feel like there's a world of possibilities out there.

27. If we had a hard time, my mother would sit me down and we would talk about it, and she kept talking and kept processing until we started to laugh about it.

28. It's a waste of time to think about what I should have done and what I didn't. I really believe in that. That's how I react to the if-onlys of life. To moan and groan about something I shouldn't have done, could have done, might have done...who knows? It is what it is. You got what you got. I live my life one day at a time.

29. Growing up in Hollywood it seemed like every kid was the child of some star.

30. Dream on it. Let your mind take you to places you would like to go, and then think about it and plan it and celebrate the possibilities. And don't listen to anyone who doesn't know how to dream.

31. Well, I've known Elizabeth almost all of her life and almost all of my life. And I love her with all of my heart and she's always been there for me. She's a wonderful, wonderful dame. She's a great lady.

32. (on Judy Garland) She was a friend of mine, a trying friend, but a friend. That is what I tell myself: She did everything she ever wanted to do. She never really denied herself anything for me. See, I say, she had a wonderful life; she did what she wanted to do. And I have no right to change her fulfillment into my misery. I'm on my own broom now.

33. He was doing - Ray was designing the clothes for my mom's show from California. And one of the first appearances I ever made on television was on my mother's show and Ray and Bob did the clothes for that. It has been a long time.

34. Ben Vereen is going to be on the show with me, too.

35. But my brother Joey was there, and my sister Tina Nina Minnelli was there.

36. I'm always looking at the next thing. I'm too curious to look back…it's very hard to be unhappy when you're curious and grateful. You're busy. You don't have time to be unhappy. My biggest talent is I know who is more talented than I am. I find them and I go to them, and I learn.

37. The regrets of yesterday and the fear of tomorrow can kill you.

38. Reality is something you rise above.

39. What good is sitting all alone in your room?

40. I remember playing in the Beverly Hills park with Mia Farrow and Candy (Candice Bergen) and Tisha Sterling and, while we sat in the sandbox, we could hear our English nannies talking about picture deals and costume direction and whose employer was going to win the Academy Award.

41. But God really did bless me, you know? He really said: "All right. Come on. I'm still waiting for you. Get over here. Get over here."

42. I worked very hard, but I think it's unfair to make it all sound like it's all David's fault.

43. What I'm saying is that I tried very hard to give them my reality and my reality is kind of interesting.

44. In Hollywood now when people die they don't say: "Did he leave a will?" but "Did he leave a diary?"

45. But I don't think there's any reason to get married again, especially after what I've been through.

46. No, I mean, I most certainly date and go out.

47. Whenever we were on a plane, we had a family.

48. I believe all drunks go to heaven, because they've been through hell on Earth.

49. Smoking is one of the leading causes of all statistics.

50. Initially, I wanted to be an ice skater, but then when I was 13 I saw "Bye Bye Birdie", and that was it - I wanted to be on Broadway.

51. You have to work hard for it, but first you have to want it, and then you have to dream on it.

52. You see, that's another thing that my parents gave me: an enormously great sense of humor.

53. It was no great tragedy being Judy Garland's daughter. I had tremendously interesting childhood years - except they had little to do with being a child.

54. No, I'm a theatrical, live performer or a movie performer.

55. There are so many girls and so few princes.

56. And what I liked the most about any project was that when it was good, you had a bunch of people trying to accomplish something together who were all acting together as one - that's the most exciting time for me.

57. My mother was an artist and highly strung, whereas my father was much calmer.

58. I walk fast. Keep moving. Always be a moving target. Marilyn Monroe taught me that.

59. Audiences are the same all over the world, and if you entertain them, they'll respond.

60. Anything is possible in this world. I really believe that.

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