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Most people call me Mercy. I like it.
– Mercedes McCambridge
I am responsible for no one but myself.
Aside from my son, no person has ever shown for me the gentle concern I knew from Governor Adlai Stevenson.
The great people I’ve met always have time for the niceties.
Neiman-Marcus is one thing, and the Dallas Cowboys are another.
There are zillions of people who say that alcoholism is a disease, but not many of them believe it.
I’d stand in line for Confession with old people and little kids, and as the line moved up, I knew when I got into the box that I would lie! Again!
I don’t think the Hollywood community is interested in what I can do. That’s all right. I’ve never looked for a job in my life, and I’m not going to start now. I have plenty to keep me busy.
I’d never been in play long enough for the flowers to die in the dressing room.
A rich man can afford to be generous to many.
Alcohol is a very patient drug. It will wait for the alcoholic to pick it up one more time.
I am rich from the bequests other gifted people have seen fit to leave to me.
I loved playing the part of the feisty Annie Sullivan in The Miracle Worker.
I’ve always had bronchitis. I’ve been administered the Sacrament of Death three times for it.
I’m glad I am a woman who once danced naked in the Mediterranean Sea at midnight.
My name is real, which probably explains why I never became a superstar… how would that look in lights?
I can choose to accelerate my disease to an alcoholic death or incurable insanity, or I can choose to live within my thoroughly human condition.
My admiration for the phenomenon of Alcoholics Anonymous is boundless.
I find it next to impossible to remain politely silent when people prate to me about the glory of being given another chance to live happily ever after!
Joan Crawford is a movie queen. I had never met one before. I know now what I don’t want to be.
My second marriage had a lot to do with alcohol.
I lose all control after two drinks of anything.
If I have to climb to heaven on a ladder, I shall decline the invitation.
I never wanted a Guardian Angel. I didn’t ask for one. One was assigned to me.
At awards time, The Exorcist was nominated in 11 categories, everybody but the janitor was up for an Oscar. There was no category for what I did.
My only true harmony lies deep within my soul, wherever that is. I know that somehow I am in tune with the universe.