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Penny Marshall Quotes

Carole Penny Marshall

Penny Marshall quotes: Laverne DeFazio’s finest quotes.

“If you’re not having a good time, find something else that gives you some joy in life.”

“Do whatever you can that doesn’t compromise your morals.”

“Experiences taught me the lessons that came in handy later in my life: try hard, play by the rules, help your friends, don’t get too crazy, and have fun.”

“I was learning that I didn’t have to have everything figured out.  Often the point was to live and see what happened.”

“I have never wanted to grow up and stop playing.”

“In my opinion, life is more important than show business.”

“Movie stars are insecure like everyone else.  That’s why they go into acting!”

“It’s better for me to go up against someone’s passion with my passion and then clarifying something that he wrote.  Then I know how to work around certain things.”

“I’ll try anything.  What are they gonna do, kick me out of show business?”

“Once I commit to something, I complete it.  If I say ‘no,’ I mean ‘no.'”

“When I’m working, I’m obsessively working.”

“I do feel it’s important to entertain people.”

“I’m sure people thought I got parts because my brother was being nice, and at first I probably thought the same thing.  He did not give me a job cuz he was nice.  He was not that nice.  There were no blue collar girls on television before Laverne & Shirley, and viewers were dying for somebody that didn’t look like Mary Tyler Moore or all the pretty girls on TV.  They wanted somebody who looked like a regular person.”

“I didn’t knock on their door and say, ‘Can I please do this?’  I was naïve and went, ‘Okay, they asked me, so I’ll try it.’”

“Give us any chance, we’ll take it.  Give us any rule, we’ll break it.  We’re going to make our dreams come true, doing it our way.”

“I like corny.  I like what moves me.  I go see movies and I think, ‘I don’t get it.’  I get intimidated by what they’re saying, and there’s all these artsy parts that go right past me.  A screenplay I review should have humor in it and it should have heart.  And if it doesn’t, I’ll make it have heart.”

“No matter how many movies I direct, I’ll always be Laverne.”

“I was born with a frown.  I always feel like somehow I’m going to be a failure.  I’m from the negativity and depression school.  When I see bad reviews, I say, ‘Yeah, they’re probably right.’”

“I’m lucky, you know.  And I dodged a big bullet.  The rest was a lot of luck.  If you’re just honest with people and treat them like human beings, then you can get good work out of them.  Tell me the truth, I’ll deal with it.”

“Another key success ingredient?  Don’t be afraid to ask for help.  Honesty helps.  You get a long way in life as far as I’m concerned.  You tell the truth, ask for help, instead of saying, ‘I know what I’m doing,’ [admit] ‘I don’t know what I’m doing!  I’ve never done this, so help me!'”

“Look at YouTube, how many talented people there are.  It’s a whole new world of how to express yourself.  I don’t know how to work that world, but take advantage of it.”

“I have a strange combination of fearlessness and massive insecurity.”

“I’m still surprised to have had such a successful and glamorous life and career.  I didn’t have a lot of ambition.  I was insecure but fearless at the same time, an odd combination.”

“I’m not someone who has had to deal with much personal drama outside of the usual: growing up with parents who hated each other, two marriages and divorces of my own.  There was the cancer thing, too.”

“My mother was nuts.  She was very funny.  We got our sense of humor from her.  My father had no sense of humor and they yelled at each other.  See, they didn’t get divorced because they believed juvenile delinquency came from broken homes, so they damaged us in other ways.  They’d be yelling, so when we were younger, we talked underneath them and, thus, we all mumble.”

“That’s just me.  I have to find the funny thing in a situation.”

“I don’t startle easily.”

“You’ve got to treat people like human beings.  There is more to life than show business, by the way.”

“You had to learn at a certain age what sarcasm is, you know?”

“The truth is that I am not a frump.  I just enjoy being laid back.”

“I wasn’t like a girly-girl.  I was a tomboy.”

“The world treats women differently.  That we don’t get the same pay for whatever job we have is insane.  I don’t think I was treated that badly.  I had a lot of guy friends.  I wasn’t asking for much.  All I know is whoever was in charge of the studio when I started making a movie was not there when I finished.”

“I would much rather feel comfortable and feel beautiful, than to feel uncomfortable, but look fantastic.”

“[Advice to pass on] Instead of sending flowers for a birthday, send a plant.  Send something that grows.”

“I live in L.A., so I go to basketball games.  But I love baseball.  I have a whole museum almost.  Baseball and basketball take up the bulk of it, and there’s some football and a little bit of hockey.  I have season tickets to the Lakers and the Clippers.”

“They entertain me.  I guess I entertain them.  So now I like to be entertained and that’s what entertains me is sports.  I don’t like talking about myself even though I wrote a book about myself.  I did it!  That’s it!  That’s good to know.”

“I have a good support system of friends and family.”

“I’m doing the book now then I will go home and deal with life.”

“[Her motto in life] I’ll try it.”

“I’ve always been crazy, but it’s kept me from going insane.”

“I want you to laugh and cry.  That’s what I do.”

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