Shirley Knight quote

"My goal was not to be famous or rich but to be good at what I did. And that required going to New York and studying and working in the theater."

Shirley Knight

Born: July 5, 1936

Occupation: Film actress

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The only people you can really share certain things with in secret are your girlfriends.

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Film actors reach a certain level, but they don't get beyond it unless they work in the theater.

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I did the occasional odd film, like Endless Love.

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I got an agent and went up for the part of my first film, Five Gates to Hell.

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I moved to LA and decided to do films and television, mainly because the theater in New York is totally dead.

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I took individual photographs of Annie Liebovitz, I kept taking her picture.

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It's no accident that Tony Hopkins is a wonderful film actor.

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My acting career helped pull me through the rough times.

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The other death for an actor is comparing yourself to other people: Forget someone else's path. Concentrate on your path. Otherwise, you get lost, and if you don't have joy in the work, forget it.

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There are things that you cannot talk to your mother and father about, there are things that you cannot talk to your children about.

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The thing that separates a so-so director and a great director is a love and caring for film.

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There's a great difference between being popular and being an artist.

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This house was our dream-the gardens, the study, even the swimming pool. Even though I can't see John when I wake up in the morning, I can always feel him here with me.

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