MARY BRASWELL: Looking Back at three celebrities

HISTORY COLUMN: Quotes from three celebrities born this day

Mary Braswell

Mary Braswell

Janis Joplin, Dolly Parton and Paula Deen were all born this day. Enjoy the following quotes from these vastly different female celebrities.

JANIS JOPLIN (1943 - 1970)

— I always wanted to be an artist, whatever that was, like other chicks want to be stewardesses. I read. I painted. I thought.

— Texas is OK if you want to settle down and do your own thing quietly, but it’s not for outrageous people, and I was always outrageous.

— If I hold back, I’m no good. I’m no good. I’d rather be good sometimes, than holding back all the time.

— Guess what, I might be the first hippie pinup girl.

— You know why we’re stuck with the myth that only black people have soul? Because white people don’t let themselves feel things.

— Audiences like their blues singers to be miserable.

— I got treated very badly in Texas. They don’t treat beatniks too good in Texas. Port Arthur people thought I was a beatnik, though they’d never seen one and neither had I.

— I’m one of those regular weird people.

— You can fill your life up with ideas and still go home lonely. All you really have that really matters are feelings. That’s what music is to me.

Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got.

— You can destroy your now by worrying about tomorrow.

— You know you’ve got it, if it makes you feel good.

— On stage, I make love to 25,000 different people, then I go home alone.

— My business is to enjoy and have fun. And why not, if in the end everything will end. Right?

— We don’t forgive people because they deserve it. We forgive them because they need it… because we need it. We all need it.

DOLLY PARTON (1946 - )

— I’m not offended by all the dumb blonde jokes because I know I’m not dumb … and I also know that I’m not blonde.

— If you talk bad about country music, it’s like saying bad things about my momma. Them’s fightin’ words.

— I was the first woman to burn my bra — it took the fire department four days to put it out.

— I can’t tell anybody else how to run their life or their business, but I really believe I’ve got a good bead on myself.

— You know, I look like a woman but I think like a man. And in this world of business, that has helped me a lot. Because by the time they think that I don’t know what’s goin’ on, I then got the money, and gone.

— I make jokes about it, but it’s the truth that I kind of patterned my look after the town tramp. I didn’t know what she was, just this woman who was blond and piled her hair up, wore high heels and tight skirts, and, boy, she was the prettiest thing I’d ever seen. Momma used to say, “Aw, she’s just trash,” and I thought, That’s what I want to be when I grow up. Trash.

— My songs are like my children — I expect them to support me when I’m old.

— The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.

— The only way I’d be caught without makeup is if my radio fell in the bathtub while I was taking a bath and electrocuted me and I was in between makeup at home. I hope my husband would slap a little lipstick on me before he took me to the morgue.

— We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.

Don’t get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.

— I tried every diet in the book. I tried some that weren’t in the book. I tried eating the book. It tasted better than most of the diets.

— People always ask me how long it takes to do my hair. I don’t know, I’m never there.

— Wouldn’t it be something if we could have things we love in abundance without their losing that special attraction the want of them held for us?

— If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then, you are an excellent leader.

— Find out who you are and do it on purpose.

— I always just thought if you see somebody without a smile, give ’em yours!

PAULA DEEN (1946 - )

— I am living proof that the American dream still exists. It is still alive and well. There is only one trick, you have to be willing to roll up your sleeves and work very, very hard.

Onions and bacon cooking up just makes your kitchen smell so good. In fact, one day I’m going to come up with a room deodorizer that smells like bacon and onions. It’s a fabulous smell.

— I’ll keep peace at all cost, even if I choke to death on my tongue.

— I really didn’t have an interest in being in the kitchen until after I was married, when I was 18. It didn’t take me long to realize that Mama was not going to show up at my house every day and cook.

— Southerners have never been afraid of seasoning. It’s kind of the other way around; our seasoning is afraid of us.

— I will never use a substitute for butter. Margarine is one molecule away from eating plastic. If I’m going to eat that type of food, it’s going to be the real deal.

— When it’s said and done, the one thing I want to leave on this earth is hope. I have felt hopelessness, and it’s a terrible feeling. Hopelessness will destroy you.

— I think no matter what the occasion may be, you can never go wrong by showing up at the dinner table with a hot plate of fried chicken.

— You know, I am so sick of cuttin’ on my television and everyone one it is obsessed with livin’ forever. Well, I have a news flash: Ain’t none of us gettin’ out of here alive.

Life is too short to wonder where you hid your waffle maker.

— There was one thing my daddy wouldn’t tolerate in any shape, form or fashion, and that was being unkind or rude to somebody. That was just very important to my folks. And as it turns out, that was a legacy that he left me that money can’t buy, is how to be able to treat people.

— Stone-ground grits are wonderful, but because they take so long to cook, I usually go with quick cooking grits — which I also love. But I never make the instant kind — some things a Southerner just won’t do!

— Everyday you wake up on the right side of the dirt is a good one.


c) Jean Stapleton turned down the leading role of Jessica Fletcher in “Murder, She Wrote.”

Every Sunday, Mary Braswell takes a look back at history, people and events. Contact her at mary.braswell@albanyherald.com.