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I'd never read 'Lord of the Rings' until I was asked to play Gandalf, so I didn't really know it was a frightfully famous book.
It's never been my purpose to become an American icon, or more famous or richer.
A lot of people these days are not music lovers - they just want to be famous which is a very different thing to what I grew up believing in.
Wanting to be an actor and wanting to be famous are different.
You can get rich or famous by doing the same thing.
I certainly don't think you need to be famous to want to leave a legacy, but when you are famous, it's even more likely that your child will get the wrong perspective on your life if you die prematurely.
I've been famous for a long, long time. So I don't think of it - I think of it very differently. It's the normal temperature of my room.
What I've said before, only half in joke, is that everybody in Ireland is famous. Or, maybe better, say everybody is familiar.
I don't know what 'famous' is, really.
I admire sensible, kind people. They're not often famous.
Barack Obama is the most famous living person in the history of the world.
Dee Dee Myers
Do you remember the wrestler Andre the Giant? Famous. He had acromegaly.
Because I think in order to get famous you have to be known for something. Like 'You're the romantic comedy girl' or 'You're the Oscar-winning whatever girl.'
Now, we believe that the majority of teachers in America know our system must be reformed, to put students first so that America can compete, that teachers don't teach to become rich or famous. They teach because they love children.
I can't advise any of the young ones, because I don't know what their background was, but I would suggest that anyone who wants to be famous more than anything - there's a real problem.
One of the interesting things about Twitter is looking how famous people choose to use it. Take someone like Steve Martin, who I follow: it's all sorts of comic gems, nothing private, nothing personal - all jokes. Other celebrities are overtly personal - like Charlie Sheen. I do a mix of observations and updates.
I do know something about the news world. I was sitting on the floors of newsrooms since I was seven years old, and I've been around them my whole life. I understand that someone looks at a story with famous people in it, and you want to put it out.
I wanted to be famous. I wanted people to talk about me.
My name is not big enough for people to go, 'Let me throw money at you because you're so famous!'
'Heavenly Creatures' was really the idea of Fran Walsh. It was a very famous New Zealand murder case, but not one that people knew much about.
To put it simply - you know, a lot of people believe that the benefit of this job is fame and fortune. I believe that you pay for the fortune through the fame. I don't buy into the notion that being famous is somehow a good thing, or an exciting thing, or a wonderful thing.
Despite the rigid classicism of the famous Paris Opera school and company, the French have done more than their share to unmoor la Danse from its traditions and standards.
I was famous from the age of 13, and after a while you become immune to it - in a good way. You look at positives and what you can do with it.
A. R. Rahman
It's famous that comedians have a very dark personal state of mind. I think, in my case, it's the same. The only way to get deep is to have a balance, or a counterbalance.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
The only way to be turned off to being famous is to be famous.
I didn't get hugely famous really quick. It was a slow, gradual process, so I was able to sort of grow into myself and figure out who I was and what I wanted without the glaring spotlight on me telling me who I was.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
Leonardo da Vinci
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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