I can scarcely remember when I first thought of going on the stage, because it was such an accepted fact of my childhood. I never even imagined myself in any other career, and as I was fortunate enough to have understanding parents all my education and early life were shaped to that end. So instead of being harassed over the weakness of my mathemathics — apparent to this day — I was allowed to specialize in history, literature, and music, and to study languages abroad. —Vivien Leigh, What Success Has Taught Me
Feeling like Natalie Wood was the greatest actress of all time and that her Oscars were stolen from her by the other actresses that were nominated.Submitted by: Anonymous
On Marriage and Children: I’m just mad about men. If only there was someone special-of course I would like to be in love. But for marriage again? It hasn’t entered my mind since my last one [to Arthur Miller]. The right man might help. I hate living alone- but I’m doing it.
The thing I want more than anything else? I want a baby! I want to have children! I used to feel [that] for every child I had, I would adopt another, but I don’t think a single person should adopt children. There’s no Ma or Pa there.
-Marilyn: Her Life in Her Own Words
You are completely and utterly self-obsessed. If you spent a quarter of your time thinking about others instead of how much you hate your thighs, your level of contentment and self-worth would expand exponentially. One thing I learned way too late in the game for my own good was that you can effectively increase your own self esteem by doing estimable things. Therefore, I have signed you up to build homes for the homeless during your entire summer vacation. Your Christmas will be spent serving food at a battered women’s shelter and Easter is designated for reading stories to children in the pediatric cancer ward. Four months out 16 years dedicated to human beings other than yourself, you have gotten off easy. Oh and honey, expand your horizons; your world is a bigger oyster than your low self-esteem wants you to believe. Love yourself, think of others, and be grateful. I love you, I believe in you, and I look forward to respecting you.
Me. You. Us.
P.S. Follow your dreams not your boyfriends.
-Gillian Anderson’s letter to her sixteen-year-old-self