In defense of stars against the war with Iraq: "I find it tragic that the (American President George W.) Bush administration's attempts at diplomacy failed so miserably and have led us to the point of starting a war that might have been avoided. How dare the media call people who speak out against the war unpatriotic. Exercising freedom of speech is an extremely patriotic act. I have been arguing that point for years now that artists have just as much of a right to speak out as every other citizen. In 1995, I gave a speech at Harvard called 'The Artist as Citizen.' I made the point then and many times since that artists are citizens first and artists second. We have opinions and ideas, just like anybody else. The difference is that we are given more visibility from which to speak - so we have to be informed and we have to be responsible, but it doesn't mean we have to be quiet."
Responding America media sources which slammed her a traitor after she made outspoken anti-George W. Bush and anti-war statements: "I, for one, am a patriotic American who loves this country. Saddam Hussein is a horrific dictator who should disarm. . . But I do not think war is the answer right now. It used to be in politics that there was a certain amount of class and eloquence, even though there were strong disagreements over deeply important questions. But, as usual, the Republicans have resorted to name-calling and mean-spiritedness."
"I am simple, complex, generous, selfish, unattractive, beautiful, lazy, and driven."
"Oh God, don't envy me, I have my own pains."
"The audience is the barometer of the truth."
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