Liza Minnelli

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I'm carrying on a tradition.
But I'd rather be a first-rate version of myself than a second-rate version of somebody else.
l'm proud of my parents, and the only way that I can prove it to them is to take what they gave me and work my head off.

Liza May Minnelli (born March 12, 1946) is an Academy Award-winning and Tony Award-winning American actress and singer.

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  • Liza Minelli said she can't sing well enough those "special songs" of her late mother, Judy Garland, so she doesn't sing them at all. The award-winning entertainer said she'd "rather present a first-rate version of myself than a second-rate version of Mama."
    • As paraphrased and quoted in "News Spotlight," The Kingsport Daily News (December 11, 1974), p. 9
  • I couldn't sing Mama's special songs. I couldn't do them as well. I would rather present a first-rate version of myself than a second-rate version of Mama.
  • I don't sing them because I couldn't sing them as well as she did. I'd rather be a first-rate version of myself than a second-rate version of anybody.
  • I'm carrying on a tradition. But I'd rather be a first-rate version of myself than a second-rate version of somebody else. I'm proud of my parents, and the only way that I can prove it to them is to take what they gave me and work my head off.
    • Liza Minelli, as quoted in "The Return of Liza" by Wilmer Ames, in The Bend Bulletin Family Weekly (November 1, 1981), p. 8
  • It really scared me to do what Mom did because I never did anything that she did. I promised her that I would never sing her songs, and I kept my promise. "You sing them better than anybody. I don't want to be a second-rate example of you. I want to be a first-rate example of myself."
  • My mother once told me never be a second-rate version of somebody else when you can be a first-rate version of yourself.
  • You don’t know how to handle anything today, because you have to go to jail to get some press or fall down drunk.
  • They used to have clauses and contracts where you can't get bad publicity or you'd get fired. But now bad publicity is good publicity. I just keep working and don't think about it much.
  • If I give you romantic advice, don't take it. Look what's happening to me. I have the best taste in friends and the worst taste in husbands. I'm never getting married again. That's just stupid. There's no reason on Earth to do that.
  • Some people think reality must be constantly depressing, but I think reality is something you rise above.

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