STEPHANIE ZIMBALIST QUOTES

American actress (1956- )

People don't want to see wrinkles, because if they see wrinkles in actors then they have to face that they have wrinkles, too. They'd rather see perfection up there. And so then you get rocket scientists who are 22 years old.

STEPHANIE ZIMBALIST, "Actress Roles Over 40?: It's a Big Fat Zero", New York Observer, Nov. 24, 2003

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They're both very proud and very stubborn, and they absolutely refuse to admit that they're attracted to each other. It adds a little zip to the show.

STEPHANIE ZIMBALIST, comment about characters in Remington Steele, Lewiston Journal, Dec. 11, 1982

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If I've learned one thing in life, it's you can never go back.

STEPHANIE ZIMBALIST, attributed, "Stephanie Zimbalist: Biography", IMDB

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We all have points in our lives where two roads present themselves and we have to make a decision very fast. We don't know how it will impact our lives, but it usually does. It happened to me when I was applying to colleges. I'd settled on seven and had to write an essay for each. I was either going to be an art history or English major, so that meant Yale, Columbia, Connecticut and Sarah Lawrence. Or I was going to be an actress, which meant Juilliard, Stanford or Cal-Irvine. Well, one day I got out of a cab too fast and I left in it the essays for Yale, Columbia, Connecticut and Sarah Lawrence. So I became an actress.

STEPHANIE ZIMBALIST, "The Subject Was Roses preview: Dark 1960s drama is revived at George Street", NJ, Feb. 4, 2011

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I sing, and I really should've stuck with it, because it's really what I love to do. It's probably what I'm best at, too.

STEPHANIE ZIMBALIST, "Actress Roles Over 40?: It's a Big Fat Zero", New York Observer, Nov. 24, 2003

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As a little girl, I got to meet Audrey Hepburn, who took my face in her hands and suddenly made me want to be an actress.

STEPHANIE ZIMBALIST, "The Subject Was Roses preview: Dark 1960s drama is revived at George Street", NJ, Feb. 4, 2011

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Pierce Brosnan is a very sweet man. Oh, we had our issues, but a lot of it was hormones.

STEPHANIE ZIMBALIST, "The Subject Was Roses preview: Dark 1960s drama is revived at George Street", NJ, Feb. 4, 2011

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I'm more interested in life than life-style.

STEPHANIE ZIMBALIST, "TV Sleuth Stephanie Zimbalist Is Still Looking for a Mr. Right to Knock Her Off Her Feet", People, Jan. 14, 1985

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Oh, heavens, no. Pierce was the one that was bitter. Pierce is the one that had the People magazine "Take this job and shove it" cover. The fact is, when Remington Steele ended, I was the one with a picture. I was the one that had been offered the lead in Robocop, and things were at M.G.M. waiting for me. Pierce did not have Bond. And he squawked and squawked, and I was the one that had to call Paul Verhoeven [the director of Robocop] and say, "I'm terribly sorry--I can't do it because I have to go back to work." But I've never been anything but grateful. That series made me solvent. I'm eternally in debt to them.

STEPHANIE ZIMBALIST, "Actress Roles Over 40?: It's a Big Fat Zero", New York Observer, Nov. 24, 2003

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I know what I want, because I know what I don't want.

STEPHANIE ZIMBALIST, "The Time: 5:30 A.M.; Her Thought: I must be an idiot", TV Guide, Nov. 20, 1982

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I wouldn't say our relationship is always smooth sailing. In a fun sort of way, this publicizing of some feud has brought us closer together. I think it had to do with shooting an episode last season at a school. The students swarmed around him, and I'm walking along and feeling like yesterday's lunch. I was saying that was hard to deal with sometimes and he said, "Stephanie, you can go for it! All you have to do is play sexy." It was a nice chat, but the tabloids took it and made it out that I was jealous. I'm not jealous.

STEPHANIE ZIMBALIST, "TV Sleuth Stephanie Zimbalist Is Still Looking for a Mr. Right to Knock Her Off Her Feet", People, Jan. 14, 1985

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My upbringing was very un-Hollywood. I was born in New York and grew up on a ranch. I was never really smitten by the business in those days, never a fan type--just a basic kid watching TV. It wasn't like I was an insider. I was never really brought into the show business side of my father's life. I guess that's been a blessing and a downfall. But it's made my own work the initiation.

STEPHANIE ZIMBALIST, "A Gershwin Gig: The Musical Staging of Stephanie Zimbalist", Chicago Tribune, Jul. 19, 1987

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I really enjoyed being a blonde. Men were more friendly and flirtatious. My face looked more worldly. It took the innocence away. It could be the new me.

STEPHANIE ZIMBALIST, "Take One", People, May 20, 1985

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I've sown all the oats I want to sow.

STEPHANIE ZIMBALIST, "The Time: 5:30 A.M.; Her Thought: I must be an idiot", TV Guide, Nov. 20, 1982

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I will never get married to the head of General Motors. I will never be the wife of a superstar. For those women, their lives are somebody else's. I will never be a Mrs. Blabidyblah!

STEPHANIE ZIMBALIST, "TV Sleuth Stephanie Zimbalist Is Still Looking for a Mr. Right to Knock Her Off Her Feet", People, Jan. 14, 1985

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I'm not the sexiest thing in the world. I feel actors who have to play sexy lose all their sex appeal. When they start with the tongue and the heavy lids, it looks so ridiculous. I think you just have to be yourself.

STEPHANIE ZIMBALIST, attributed, "Stephanie Zimbalist: Biography", IMDB

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It was one of those times when you can feel the air in a room. Everything stood still. I can remember the T-shirt I was wearing and the bag I was carrying. I don't think I breathed for 15 minutes. It was a devastating moment. They said they wanted me to experience more things. OK. I began contemplating things. Maybe I should take LSD or become a hooker. I left Juilliard and was just meandering and drifting for a while. Thank God I had support from my family and close friends. Bad times.

STEPHANIE ZIMBALIST, "The Time: 5:30 A.M.; Her Thought: I must be an idiot", TV Guide, Nov. 20, 1982

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I've never met anyone who has convinced me to say, "No, I'm not gonna take the next Spielberg film, I think I'll stay here and have a baby." I've never met anyone of that caliber.

STEPHANIE ZIMBALIST, "TV Sleuth Stephanie Zimbalist Is Still Looking for a Mr. Right to Knock Her Off Her Feet", People, Jan. 14, 1985

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The busier you get, the more you get done.

STEPHANIE ZIMBALIST, "Remington Steele Proving Opposites Attract", Tuscaloosa News, Jul. 6, 1984

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