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Shirley Quotes


"Shirley! Don't call me Shirley!" - Leslie Nielsen

"Shirley Temple opens doors for Shirley Temple Black." - Shirley Temple

"Shirley MacLaine: what an asshole." - Julie Klausner

"Anne Shirley. Anne with an "e." - Lucy Maud Montgomery

"I love Judy Garland, Shirley Bassey." - Karine Vanasse

"I love Shirley Maclaine. Love that woman." - Cameron Diaz

"The world of Shirley Jackson is eerie and unforgettable," - A.M. Homes

"True friends are always together in spirit. (Anne Shirley)" - Lucy Maud Montgomery

"Shirley Sherrod seems like a good and dedicated person." - Henry Rollins

"You only live once, except for Shirley MacLaine." - Alan King

"Shirley Valentine is a beautiful character and so well written. What Shirley speaks and thinks is so logical" - Loretta Swit

"Shirley Valentine is a beautiful character and so well written. What Shirley speaks and thinks is so logical." - Loretta Swit

"I remember feeling enormous pressure because I didn't want to be Shirley Temple. Shirley Temple was Shirley Temple, and I didn't ever feel like I could live up to that." - Mara Wilson

"You'd find it easier to be bad than good if you had red hair." - Anne Shirley" - Lucy Maud Montgomery

"Shirley and Griffey get along like a rattler and a parrot." - Jerry Coleman

"Shirley Jackson's writings are a must for aficionados of the gothic and of good literature." - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

"They used to photograph Shirley Temple through gauze. They should photograph me through linoleum." - Tallulah Bankhead

"I have such a crush on Shirley Manson. I think she's the coolest thing." - Garret Dillahunt

"Shirley Temple had charisma as a child. But it cleared up as an adult." - Totie Fields

"When actress Shirley Maclaine arrived 30 minutes late for a class, I asked her to leave." - Bikram Choudhury

"I like more grounded comedy. I enjoy broad comedies also, but I like Shirley MacLaine." - Leslie Mann

"No, I'm not Shirley the girl, I'm the woman on MTV with the big boots." - Shirley Manson

"I found that I could make people laugh doing people like Shirley Bassey. Fortunately it worked." - Jane Horrocks

"My style icons are Leigh Lezark, Gwen Stefani and Shirley Manson." - Marina And The Diamonds

"My mother always wanted me to become another Shirley Temple, but I didn't look anything like Shirley Temple; I had straight hair, not curly, and I didn't know how to dance." - Bunny Yeager

"Another thing I recall was falling in love with Shirley Temple when I was nine or ten." - Clint Walker

"I'd like them to say that Shirley Chisholm had guts. That's how I'd like to be remembered." - Shirley Chisholm

"I'm just into spirituality. I believe that in a previous life I used to be Shirley MacLaine." - Roseanne Barr

"THE THREE is really wonderful. A mix of Michael Crichton and Shirley Jackson, hard to put down and vastly entertaining." - Stephen King

"Howard and Shirley were clothed, always, in an invisible layer of decorum that they never laid aside." - J K Rowling

"I"d like them to say that Shirley Chisholm had guts. That's how I"d like to be remembered." - Shirley Chisholm

"I read Betty Smith's "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn," all of Shirley Jackson's books, which I loved." - Alice Hoffman

"Being in the same scenes as Maggie Smith and Shirley MacLaine is something I will never forget." - Michelle Dockery

"My style icons were Gwen Stefani, when she was in No Doubt, and then Shirley Manson in Garbage." - Katy Perry

"If you're a fan of Shirley MacLaine just like I am, I'd kinda go anywhere to work with her." - Scott Bakula

"Acting is the most minor of gifts. After all, Shirley Temple could do it when she was four." - Katharine Hepburn

"I wouldn't say it's competitive. I think everyone has their time. Gisele is having her time, and Shirley had her time, and maybe I will have my time." - Adriana Lima

"Shirley MacLaine said, You're so funny, then gave me a hug. Everything went white. I couldn't hear, I couldn't see. I thought I was going to pass out" - Lisa Kudrow

"He died a long painful death. However, you'll be happy to hear that just a few years later he was reincarnated as Shirley MacLaine." - Al Yankovic

"my cousin Shirley, who never complains, screamed and screamed when she was having her baby. True, this was just during conception." - Joan Rivers

"People from my sort of background needed grammar schools to compete with children from privileged homes like Shirley Williams and Anthony Wedgwood Benn." - Margaret Thatcher

"In the middle of Beaches there's a scene from the "Laverne & Shirley" TV show so they see some history of my work in each film." - Garry Marshall

"Shirley Chisholm is another one [political hero]. She was a dynamic speaker, and the first black woman to run for President." - Donna Brazile

"Dancer, bride, runaway wife, radical filmmaker and pioneer - Shirley Clarke is one of the great undertold stories of American independent cinema." - Manohla Dargis

"I kind of did this thing in high school, a spoof of 'Sweeney Todd' called 'Shirley Todd,' and I had a great time doing that." - Chris Colfer

"Shirley Maclaine once said that she didn't want to be a big star, just a long star. That's what I want too." - Joyce Dewitt

"Shirley MacLaine said, You're so funny, then gave me a hug. Everything went white. I couldn't hear, I couldn't see. I thought I was going to pass out." - Lisa Kudrow

"There's been periods of broadcasts in the past where you could see all ages of entertainers, ranging from George Burns to Shirley Temple. That's not the condition now." - Merle Haggard

"Growing up, I used to watch Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, All in the Family. Those were the shows I watched growing up with my family. And, believe it or not, McMillan and Wife and Columbo." - Mark Pellegrino

"Im benefitting from the sacrifices and seeds sown by Shirley Chisholm, John Lewis, and so many others. Those of us who are beneficiaries owe it to have a season of service in which we try to give back." - Terri Sewell

"That's what the movies do. They don't entertain us, they don't send the message: 'We care.' They give us lines to say, they assign us parts: John Wayne, Theda Bara, Shirley Temple, take your pick." - Connie Willis

"I don't see how it could possibly be made into a movie unless the entire book was scrapped and Shirley Temple cast as 'Bonnie,' Mae West as 'Belle,' and Stepin Fetchit as 'Uncle Peter.'" - Margaret Mitchell

"Then there's that 'You're only as old as you feel' business, which is true to a point, but you can't be Shirley Temple on the Good Ship Lollipop forever. Sooner or later, dammit, you're old." - Joan Crawford

"Jane's stories are too sensible. Then Diana puts too much murders into hers. She says most of the time she doesn't know what to do with the people so she kills the off to get rid of them." -Anne Shirley" - Lucy Maud Montgomery

"I was shooting one day and it struck me that I was the age that Shirley MacLaine was when she played my mother. I had to sit down. I had to get a chair, okay? It was a weird moment." - Debra Winger

"A long time ago, I remember having cooperated with Shirley Bassey and I will never forget this moment which I shared with her while playing for and with her." - Richard Clayderman

"I initially told people I wanted to be a dancer and ultimately a "Rockette." I didn't really know what a musical theatre performer was other than the Shirley Temple type." - Erica Schroeder

"Going all the way back to Jeremiah Wright and Tavis Smiley and Van Jones and even Shirley Sherrod and maybe even Maxine Waters and Charles Rangel. We're going to see what his [Barack Obama] response is." - Cornel West

"Now here I was, half Jane Wyman, half Shirley Temple, and people began to stop me in the street and say, 'Don't worry, Barbara, it's all right, you won't lose your job.' It was really very touching." - Barbara Walters

"My dream is for people around the world to look up and to see Canada like a little jewel sitting at the top of the continent.' To his daughter Shirley Douglas, 1951" - Tommy Douglas

"Acting is the most minor of gifts and not a very high-class way to earn a living. After all, Shirley Temple could do it at the age of four." - Katharine Hepburn

"Ever since I was a little child, I refused to see movies of books that I loved. Because you already know what Heidi looks like and she doesn't look like Shirley Temple." - Fran Lebowitz

"Mrs. Cadbury: Tell me what you know about yourself. Anne Shirley: Well, it really isn't worth telling, Mrs. Cadbury... but if you let me tell you what I IMAGINE about myself you'd find it a lot more interesting." - Lucy Maud Montgomery

"I've been a fan of vampire fiction since way, way back - I loved Stephen King, Anne Rice, Peter Straub, Robert McCammon, Shirley Jackson, lots of great horror and paranormal fiction." - Rachel Caine

"To let the people know there was life beyond Shirley Dean, we decided to focus on voter registration; each day I set up my card table somewhere in the district, signed people up, and passed out noses." - Wavy Gravy

"I've written songs for Shirley Bassey, Marianne Faithfull, and Linda Thompson. I sort of focus on these wonderful, aging divas. But maybe that's because I think I'm Christina Aguilera." - Rufus Wainwright

"Manchester was a fantastic place to go out in. There were 10 clubs with world-class cabaret and comedians. You'd go in and Tom Jones might be singing, or Shirley Bassey or Engelbert Humperdinck." - Francis Lee

"My father's very public life as Famous Amos was the opposite of that of his ex-wife, my mother Shirley, who was fighting a very private, solitary battle with mental illness." - Shawn Amos

"Tina Fey and I have 15 things in development: 'Laverne and Shirley', 'Starsky and Hutch 3', 'Cagney and Lacey', 'Wonder Twins Activate From Two Hot Broads', 'Little House on the Prairie: The Musical: The Movie'." - Amy Poehler

"I'm benefitting from the sacrifices and seeds sown by Shirley Chisholm, John Lewis, and so many others. Those of us who are beneficiaries owe it to have a season of service in which we try to give back." - Terri Sewell

"One of my first favorite records was the debut Garbage album, which I heard when I was very young. Shirley Manson is a great female vocalist and performer and I admire her for that." - Taylor Momsen

"I know there is something out there, and like most people, I tend to believe in it more when things go bad. But I'm not like Shirley MacLaine, who probably believes we were past lovers in another life." - Maggie Smith

"All of my favorite actresses are comedians at heart: Shirley MacLaine and Madeline Kahn, Diane Keaton and Debra Winger. And they are all amazing dramatic actresses, but everything they do is funny." - Casey Wilson

"Growing up, I used to watch 'Happy Days,' 'Laverne & Shirley,' 'All in the Family.' Those were the shows I watched growing up with my family. And, believe it or not, 'McMillan and Wife' and 'Columbo.'" - Mark Pellegrino

"I want the world to know that Shirley Sherrod is someone who is committed to helping others. I love people, and I love doing things that make a difference." - Shirley Sherrod

"Naturally Shirley had known, as they slid stock words and phrases back and forth between them like beads on an abacus, that Howard must be as brimful of ecstasy as she was; but to express these feelings out loud, when the news of death was still fresh in the air, would have been tantamount to dancing naked and shrieking obscenities, and Howard and Shirley were clothed, always, in an invisible layer of decorum that they never laid aside." - J K Rowling

"Well, possibly," I said, feeling my lips twitch again. "But maybe first you would tell us why you chose to manifest yourself in the form of Shirley Temple as last seen on the 'Good Ship Lollipop'?" The demon twirled around, its big pink sash fluttering as it smoothed down its dress and frilly little petticoat. "My grotesque form isn't making you sick with fright?" We both shook our heads, Noelle with a hand over her mouth to keep from laughing out loud. "Shirley Temple at her pinnacle was frightening," I finally told it, "but not in the sense I think you mean." - Katie MacAlister

"One of the first things you and your fiance need to develop is a meaningful prayer life even before the wedding. My wife, Shirley, and I did that, and the time we have spent on our knees has been the stabilizing factor throughout nearly forty years of marriage." - James Dobson

"Marlon Brando, Jack Nicholson, Sean Connery and Robert Redford, Mel Gibson - at least in the Road Warrior films - and Harrison Ford are among my favorite actors. Meryl Streep, Jane Fonda, Sally Field, Deborah Winger, Jessica Lange, and of course, Shirley MacLaine, are among the women." - Frederick Lenz

"But I believed in starting over. There was finally, I knew, only rupture and hurt and falling short between all persons, but, Shirley, the best revenge was to turn your life into a small gathering of miracles. If I could not be anchored and profound, I would try, at least, to be kind." - Lorrie Moore

"Well what I would really like is a bunch of little n***ers to wear long-sleeve white shirts, black shorts and black bow ties. You know, in the Shirley Temple days, they used to tap dance around. Now, that would be a true Southern wedding wouldn't it? But we can't do that because the media would be on me about that," - Paula Deen

"She navigated away from the Parish Council message board and dropped into her favorite medical website, where she painstakingly entered the words "brain" and "death" in the search box. The suggestions were endless. Shirley scrolled through the possibilities, her mild eyes rolling up and down, wondering to which of these deadly conditions, some of them unpronounceable, she owed her present happiness." - J K Rowling

"I've always hate child stars, starting from way back when, when I was a child. The first child star I saw was Shirley Temple. She was six years old, two foot six and the biggest star in Hollywood. She wore ribbons in her hair, and frilly little pinafores and shiny patent-leather tap shoes - just like the boys in Glee do." - Joan Rivers

"Margaret Thatcher has one great advantage - she is a daughter of the people and looks trim, as the daughter of the people desire to be. Shirley Williams has such an advantage over her because she's a member of the upper-middle class and can achieve the kitchen-sink revolutionary look that one cannot get unless one has been to a really good school." - Rebecca West

"I am inspired by great food, theater, books, the beach, black-and-white photography, and great vocalists, like Dianne Reeves, Alice Smith, and Shirley Horn. I am inspired by my mentor Diana Castle, who is guiding me towards a truth and honesty in my life and work that I have always longed for." - Erica Tazel

"For a decade, feminists have drilled their disciples to say, Rape is a crime of violence but not of sex. This sugar-coated Shirley Temple nonsense has exposed young women to disaster. Misled by feminism, they do not expect rape from the nice boys from good homes who sit next to them in class." - Camille Paglia

"The very first month I played it [Shirley Valentine] I felt like I was flying without a net. But once I realized that the audience was my partner I was flying a jet, because the people would allow me to develop the character on stage..." - Loretta Swit

"I've been so blessed. If someone asked me whom I would choose to be if I could come back in another life, I would have to say Shirley Temple Black. I cannot think of a more interesting life to ask for." - Shirley Temple

"Shirley Jackson said that a confused reader is an antagonistic reader, and I live by that. It's okay to start anywhere, and to let yourself write a big sloppy overly-detailed first draft. You just jump in, knowing that the water will be cold at first, but no one is making you swim." - Anne Lamott

"My family was musical on both sides. My father's family had a famous flautist and a classical pianist. My mother won a contest to be Shirley Temple's double - she was the diva of the family. At 8, I learned how to play guitar. I used to play songs from the '20s, '30s and '40s in the kitchen for my grandmother." - Gloria Estefan

"When I was 11, I moved to Los Angeles to live with my father and stepmother and my half brothers. I became really close to my stepmother, and I am still very close to my brothers. My stepmother is the actress Shirley Jones, who was in 'The Partridge Family' alongside me, so we worked together for years." - David Cassidy

"I do love Shirley Jackson, but I don't deserve to be named in connection with her. I remember reading 'The Haunting of Hill House' and having goosebumps for hours. The way she builds narrative pressure in that book is just amazing. I think you could reread it a few times and actually go out of your mind." - Helen Oyeyemi

"Legends like Jim Murray at the 'Los Angeles Times' and Shirley Povich at the 'Washington Post' were the most beloved guys at their papers. They'd write a cherished column for 30 years, and that was it. There was nothing else to do, no higher job to attain." - Stephen Rodrick

"The first real concert, other than going with my dad to see Three Dog Night, was Smashing Pumpkins and Garbage. I was fourteen or fifteen. I liked Shirley Manson because she reminded me of Annie Lennox. They both have these deep, sexy, powerful alto voices." - Amy Lee

"One movie I think is just terrific is 'Bernie,' with Jack Black and Shirley MacLaine. That was a great surprise to me - so witty, so entertaining, a true story, and I'm not a great Jack Black fan, but he's great in it. I think it's a gem." - Robert Osborne

"Diana: "I wish I were rich, and I could spend the whole summer at a hotel, eating ice cream and chicken salad." Anne: "You know something, Diana? We are rich. We have sixteen years to our credit, and we both have wonderful imaginations. We should be as happy as queens." [gestures to the setting sun] Anne Shirley: "Look at that. You couldn't enjoy its loveliness more if you had ropes of diamonds." - Lucy Maud Montgomery

"By the time I got to college I had stopped reading books because I wanted to "be cool" and started reading books simply because I wanted to read them. I discovered heroes like Roth, King, Dahl, Shirley Jackson, Patricia Highsmith, TC Boyle, Douglas Adams, Neil Gaiman, David Sedaris. These people weren't trying to "rebel against the literary establishment." They were trying to write great, high-quality books that were as entertaining and moving as possible." - Simon Rich

"So, most of it was done over the phone. But one of the first things I did as a director, because it's one of the first things you should do, even though most don't, is to ask good actors who they think is right for the part. They know better than anybody. But without missing a beat Maggie said Pauline Collins. I didn't know Pauline because I hadn't seen Shirley Valentine, but then I saw this thing that she did with Woody Allen [You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger], in which she was wonderful as a psychic, and I said to her on the phone: "The dialogue seemed improvised."" - Dustin Hoffman



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