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Last year I was diagnosed with osteoporosis.

(on Burt Reynolds) What I look for mostly in a man is humor, honesty and a mustache. Burt has all three.

Forrest Gump (1994) is filled full of moments where your heart just cheers.

My country is still so repressed. Our idea of what is sexual is blonde hair, long legs, 22 years old. It has nothing to do with humour, intelligence, warmth, everything to do with teeth and cleavage.

I`m so vigorous, and I so take it for granted, because I`ve always been a real physical person.

I think the first thing I did was several scenes from Romeo and Juliet.

(on James Garner) If men only knew what`s appealing to a woman is how a man makes her feel about herself. Jim is funny and dear and he laughs at my jokes. That`s what makes Jim sexy; it doesn`t change with years.

I was raised to sense what someone wanted me to be and be that kind of person.

Change is never easy.

There are parts of me that I feel are beautiful, but they don`t have anything to do with my nose.

When you`re old, you are more certain of who you are, and that may be a good thing or a bad thing.

Goldie is like a neon light and I am not.

I think that`s very sad, that I haven`t allowed my heart to be broken. I have broken a few.

If I hadn`t fought back, I might have been Gidget forever.

I`ve never had my heart broken.

I have never been beautiful in cliche terms.

My agent said, `You aren`t good enough for movies.` I said, `You`re fired.`

(upon accepting her 1985 Best Actress Oscar) "This means so much more to me this time, I don`t know why. I think the first time I hardly felt it because it was all too new. But I want to say `thank you` to you. I haven`t had an orthodox career. And I`ve wanted more than anything to have your respect. The first time I didn`t feel it. But this time I feel it. And I can`t deny the fact that you like me... right now... you like me. Thank you."

My last son is leaving to go to college; my grandchildren are being born. My mother is living with me.

I`ve allowed myself to be so busy with my grandchildren, my sons, and my family, and work, that I really don`t know where I would fit anyone in.

There was really a snobbery from people in film - they did not want people who had come from television. It was the poor relation of show business, and especially situation comedy.

I really have no ulterior motive in taking on certain roles. I have no larger issue that I really want to show people. I`m an actor, that`s all. I just do what I do.

I joined the Actors Studio and began to work with Lee Strasberg, and that changed my work.

You lose your habitual behavior, which allowed you to sort of zone out. You have to be here, you have to be now, you have to be present.

When I was born, the doctor looked at my mother and said `Congratulations, you have an actor`!

My agent said, `You aren`t good enough for movies.` I said, `You`re fired.`

I was just lucky enough to grow up in a time when they actually had drama departments in schools.

I would take plays and I would cut out all the other dialogue and make long monologues because I felt the other kids weren`t taking it as seriously as I did.

Norma Rae (1979) is inspirational because it`s the type of film where one person can be heard.

It took me a long time not to judge myself through someone else`s eyes.

I can`t deny the fact that you like me! You like me!

But I was losing so much bone density that I would have been in grave danger. And I mean grave danger. If I had let it go just a few more years I could have broken my hip or spine just picking up my granddaughter.

I was raised to sense what someone wanted me to be and be that kind of person. It took me a long time not to judge myself through someone else`s eyes.

I never really address myself to any image anybody has of me. That`s like fighting with ghosts.

(1985 quote on Goldie Hawn) Goldie does something that none of the other actresses can do. She has a whimsy and a comedic ability that no one else has. We can all imitate her, but we can`t get near it. I don`t think that Goldie has yet branched out as much as she would like to dramatically, because she`s such big box office doing what she does.

But there isn`t any second half of myself waiting to plug in and make me whole. It`s there. I`m already whole.

I came from a real working-class show business family.

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