I learned at a very early age that life is a batter. My famil was poor; the neighbourhood was poor. I knew that if
I go my dress dirty, there was no money to have it cleaned…When the soles of our shoes wore out, we stuffed paper
The only way that I could get away from the awfulness of life, at that time, was at the movies.
There I decided that my big aim was to make money. And it was there that I became a very determined woman.
I never thought of myself as a movie star. I'm just a working girl. A working girl who worked her way to the top
-- and never fell off.
My life is fair game for anybody. I spent an unhappy penniless childhood in Brooklyn. I had to slug my way up in
a town called Hollywood where people love to trample you to death. I don't relax because I don't know how. I don't
want to know how. Life is too short to relax.
When you're dead, you're dead. No one is going to remember me when I'm dead. Oh maybe a few friends will
remember me affectionately. Being remembered isn't the most important thing anyhow. It's what you do when you are
here that's important.
You aim at all the things you have been told that stardom means -- the rich life, the applause, the parties
cluttered with celebrities. Then you find that you have it all. And it is nothing, really nothing. It is like a
drug that lasts just a few hours, a sleeping pill. When it wears off, you have to live without its help.